ASC services for fall 2021

Archives and Special Collections is open 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, only to students, faculty, and staff of the Amherst College community. Current College protocols do not allow any off-campus visitors in any College buildings.

Reading room space is extremely limited and appointments are strongly encouraged. Contact archives@amherst.edu to arrange a research visit. 

We appreciate your understanding in this difficult time.  Our protocols are subject to change based on national, state, and local guidelines. In order to better facilitate community research needs, we continue to offer many of our regular services remotely.

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.