ASC closures and remote services for December 2022 and January 2023

Due to maintenance activities taking place in Archives and Special Collections, the reading room will be open by appointment on a very limited basis, December 19, 2022 through January 31, 2023. Please email or call 413-542-2299 with at least 48 hours notice (more lead time may be necessary for material stored off site). Walk in visitors will not be able to be accommodated.

The Archives and Special Collections reading room will be closed December 26, 2022 through January 2, 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.

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