Archives 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.
A nearly complete set of The Olio dating back to 1861 is now available online through Amherst College Digital Collections. Follow this link: Amherst College Olios
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.
Archives and Special Collections Collection Development Policy
Guide to Rare Book Holdings
Subject Guides to Archival and Manuscript Holdings
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.
General Information For department hours, location, contact information, and current staff directory.
The 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.
The following provide basic information about College history: