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.

Amherst College in 1821 by Orra White Hitchcock

"Amherst College in 1821" by Orra White Hitchcock

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 

Listen to Amherst's newly discovered audio recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Collections & Finding Aids

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.

General guides to our collections:

Archives and Special Collections Collection Development Policy
Guide to Rare Book Holdings
Subject Guides to Archival and Manuscript Holdings

Searching the contents of our collections:

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.

Guides to: 

Emily Dickinson at Amherst College
Robert Frost at Amherst College
Richard Wilbur at Amherst College
James Merrill at Amherst College
Native American Literature at Amherst College

Use, Policies, and Services

General Information For department hours, location, contact information, and current staff directory.

Access and Use For information about using the collections, photocopies, digital images, and permission to publish.

Johnson Chapel

Johnson Chapel

College History & Records Management

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:

Lord Jeffery Amherst and Amherst College