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Archives & Special Collections
A rchives and Special Collections houses Amherst College's rare books, literary manuscripts, recorded information of unique value, and materials that document the college and its history. Learn more in General Information, Frequently Asked Questions, and our blog: The Consecrated Eminence.
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"Amherst College in 1821" by Orra White Hitchcock
Collections & Finding Aids
Archives & Special Collections holds more than 80,000 printed volumes and 11,000 linear feet of manuscript material that cover a wide range of subjects.
General guides to our collections:
Archives and Special Collections Collection Development Policy
Guide to Rare Book Holdings
Subject Guides to Archival and Manuscript Holdings
Searching the contents of our collections:
See Holdings and Finding Aids to browse the complete list of our archival collections and search the Five Colleges Archives and Manuscripts Database.
Use the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to locate books and periodicals held in Archives & Special Collections.
On view on the First floor of Frost Library:
"Kennedy, Frost, and the Amherst College Library"
"Artists' Books in our Collections"
On View in the John William Ward Exhibition Room:
Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"The Business of Plays: Exploring the Samuel French Company Archive"
On view outside Archives and Special Collections (A and B level of Frost):
"A Smattering of Student Publications, 1831-1918" (B level)
Use, Policies, and Services
General Information For department hours, location, contact information, and current staff directory.
Access and Use For information about using the collections, photocopies, digital images, and permission to publish.
College History & Records Management
T he Archives & Special Collections has vast holdings that document almost every facet of Amherst College history. A large volume of material about the college is now available online. Please consult our College History Online page for links to relevant resources.
The department is also the chief repository for official records of the college. Consult our Records Management page for additional information.
An Amherst Timeline
Amherst College: A Chronology
The Buildings and Grounds of Amherst College: A History in Photographs
Amherst College Related Sites