ASC services for the fall 2021 semester

Beginning August 30, Archives and Special Collections is open 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, only to students, faculty, and staff of the Amherst College community. Current College protocols do not allow any off-campus visitors in any College buildings. 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 for Amherst College students, faculty, and staff. Contact archives@amherst.edu for more information. 

Reading Room: Beginning August 30, Archives and Special Collections is open 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, only to students, faculty, and staff of the Amherst College community

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 social distancing protocols, reading room space is limited and appointments are strongly encouraged. If the reading room is at capacity, drop-in visitors may be turned away. Face masks are required in all Archives and Special Collections spaces. 

Contact archives@amherst.edu 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 archives@amherst.edu 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: Archives and Special Collections cannot accept unsolicited donations at this time. Staff are available by email to discuss options for donating material. Please see our collection development policy for an overview of our collecting strengths.