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Holdings and Finding Aids

The Archives and Special Collections houses over 80,000 rare books and more than 11,000 linear feet of archival collections. These collections include everything from manuscripts and paper records to sound recordings, photographs, posters, artwork, and objects. Rare books, senior theses, and other published works can be found by searching the Library Catalog. Archival collections are described in individual Finding Aids and can also be searched in the Five Colleges Archives and Manuscript Collections database.

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Browse the complete alphabetical list of archival and manuscript collections:

  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

See entire list

Browse by Broad Subject Area

5 College Archives & ManuscriptsSearch the Five College Archives and Manuscript Collections (5CAM) database, which currently includes more than 700 finding aids from all five institutions. The database is not a comprehensive catalog of our archival and manuscript holdings at this time, but it continues to grow.


digital collectionsPlease note that several collections, or parts thereof, have been digitized and are currently available online, as part of the Five College Archives Digital Access Project. These collections are indicated by the link "Digital Collection." Certain published works relating to Amherst College history have also been converted to electronic text.


Tips for Searching for Manuscript and Archival Material in the Five College Catalog