Archives & Special Collections houses Amherst College's rare books, literary manuscripts, written materials of unique value, historic photographs, sound recordings, moving image recordings, and a large collection of objects, as well as serves as the official repository for the records of Amherst College.

Our Location

The Archives and Special Collections is located in the Robert Frost Library on the main campus quadrangle. The reading room, College History Room and exhibition area are located on Level A, at the base of the main lobby stairway. (See a campus map and other information for planning a visit.)


The Archives and Special Collections is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., year round. See detailed list of hours and holidays.

Contacting Archives & Special Collections

E-mail Inquiries

Mailing address:

Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library, AC #2256
Amherst, MA 01002-5000


(413) 542-2299
(413) 542-2068

(413) 542-2692

Christina Barber Deputy Archivist 413-542-5390
Jennifer Bolmarcich Bicentennial Project Archivist 413-542-5369
Margaret R. Dakin Archives & Special Collections Specialist 413-542-5391
Rachel Jirka College Archivist 413-542-5394
Mike Kelly Head of Archives & Special Collections 413-542-5307
Mariah Leavitt Preservation Specialist 413-542-5393