ASC services for the fall 2020 semester

The Archives and Special Collections reading room is closed to on-site researchers. However, many of our regular services are available remotely, with some modifications.

Looking for our collections? Information about our rare book and archival holdings can be found by consulting the Library Catalog and/or the Collections and Finding Aids 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. Archives staff are available for research consultations via email or video chat.

Reading Room: We are unable to accommodate visitors in the reading room at this time, and we will update this page once a timeline is established for reopening.

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: Because Archives and Special Collections staff are not regularly on site, we are unable to accept most donations at this time. Please do not send material to the archives unsolicited. Staff are available by email to discuss options for donating material.