The Archives & Special Collections reading room will be closed Friday, December 22, 2023.
The Archives & Special Collections at Amherst College holds over 80,000 books and 11,000 linear feet of archival materials. The department houses major collections of Emily Dickinson and Richard Wilbur books and manuscripts, along with one of the largest collections of Native American literature in the United States. It is the official repository for institutional memory of Amherst College, including records pertaining to academic programs and departments, College administration, alumni activities, and student life. The history of Amherst College and the local community is extensively documented through books, manuscripts, photographs, film, and objects. Other strengths of the collections include: natural history, especially ornithology; missionary activity; travel literature; theater history; international politics and diplomacy, and social justice and activism. Read more about our collection development policy.