Reflecting goals and events throughout the College's history, the official archives of the College include such records as meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, and other documents dating from the 18th century to the present. The research guide to an archival collection generally contains a description of the collection's research strengths, details regarding its organization, and a listing of its contents.

College documents

Mission and purposes, approved 2007
Charter of the Free School and the College
College laws, last amended June 2012


For collections which are not online, please contact Archives Staff for assistance.

Adams Memorial Theatre Production Records, 1940-1972
Adams Memorial Theatre Production Records, 1974-2001
Admission Records
Afro-American Studies Program Records, 1965-1980
Athletic Council Records, 1890-1954
Board of Trustees Records
Blueprint Collection
College Librarian Records, 1793-1998
College Marshal Records, 1961-1990
Committee on Educational Policy Records, 1964-1988
Course syllabi
--Electronic syllabi (campus only)
Executive Program Records, 1956-1995
Financial Aid Records
History of Ideas Program Records, 1970-1994
Observatory Meteorological Records, 1816-1945
President's Office Records
-- President Mark Hopkins (see Hopkins Family Papers)
-- President Harry A. Garfield Records
Project for Effective Teaching Records
Registrar's Records
Society of Alumni Records
Studio Art Building Committee Records, 1976-1996
Treasurer's Records

Seal of the Free School and of Williams College until 1805
College Seal until 1805

Williams College Seal,ca.1860
College Seal c. 1860