ASC services for fall/winter 2022-2023

In order to better facilitate community research needs we continue to offer many of our regular services remotely.

Looking for our collections? Information about our rare book and archival holdings can be found by consulting the Library Catalog and/or the Search Archival and Manuscript Collections page.

Starting a research project? We recommend the Library’s Do Research Remotely guide and the Primary Sources Research Guide. The Archives and Special Collections blog, The Consecrated Eminence, provides information on a variety of topics relating to Amherst College history.

Research consultations are available via email or video chat. In-person consultations are available by appointment. Contact for more information. 

Reading Room: Archives and Special Collections is open to all researchers 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. 

Reading room space is limited and appointments are strongly encouraged.  All patrons are requested to wear a mask while inside Archives and Special Collections.

Contact to arrange a research visit. Please see Plan Your Visit to get a sense for what you can expect upon arrival for your appointment.

Remote Research Assistance: Please contact us at for information regarding:

  • Reference inquiries
  • Access to collections material
  • Research consultations
  • Remote class sessions 

Please note that there may be a brief delay in answering your inquiry. 

Digitized Archival Collections: A number of archival collections are digitized and available through Amherst College Digital Collections.

Class Sessions: If you would like to request a class session, please use this form. Please note that we are unable to host class sessions from outside the Amherst College community.

Senior Theses: Thesis writers interested in consulting past theses are encouraged to contact the Archives for access.

Donations: Staff are available by email to discuss options for donating material. Please see our collection development policy for an overview of our collecting strengths.