Holiday Hours

Archives & Special Collections will be closed for the winter holidays from Monday December 23rd through Friday, January 3rd.  Regular hours will resume on Monday, January 6th.

Change in requesting materials

Due to an equipment failure, retrieving materials for use in the reading room may take 20 minutes or longer. Researchers visiting from afar are strongly encouraged to give advance notice of their visit: archives@amherst.edu

Welcome

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.

Learn more in Plan Your Visit, Frequently Asked Questions, and our blog, The Consecrated Eminence.