History 367: Frontiers in Early America

Sources in Williams College Archives

Where we are
The Chapin Library and College Archives are both located on the fourth floor of the (new) Sawyer Library.

Who we are
Linda Hall, Linda.L.Hall@williams.edu / 413-597-2568413-597-2568
Jessika Drmacich, Jessika.G.Drmacich@williams.edu / 413-597-4725413-597-4725

When we're open
We are open Monday through Friday 10am-5pm during term time. Please note: no weekend or evening hours.


Fort Massachusetts and West Hoosick
  • Fort Massachusetts account book, 1747-1749 (Acc. # 0-015)
  • Order of the General Court to lay out two townships, April 18, 1749; Draft of a report regarding the survey of the east and west townships, Oct. 26, 1749 (New Misc. Mss. box 1 folder 9)
  • A plan of the town plots in the township west of Fort Massachusetts, ca. 1751 (Dwight #21)
  • Surveys in Williamstown, copied from original records by James H. Coffin, 1843 (Photocopy, Call #99.W671s)
  • Report of the Committee of the General Court regarding Ephraim Williams Jr.'s petition to build a grist mill and saw mill, 16 Feb. 1750 (Dwight #9)
  • Agreement between Ephraim Williams, Jr. and Elisha Chapin and Moses Graves to build the saw mill and grist mill, 17 March 1752 (Dwight #17)
  • Isaac Wyman's deed to Ephraim Williams, Jr. for land in West Hoosick with the exception of house lot #2, 10 April 1752 (Dwight #18)
  • Account of Seth Hudson for medicines, etc. administered to the soldiers at Fort Massachusetts, etc. from 12 June 1755 to 1 April 1757 (Fisher Howe oversize box folder 4)

The Battle at Lake George

Ephraim Williams, Jr.'s will

Other documents
  • John Williams letter to his son, including news of his "Indian Master," 24 May 1718 (Fisher Howe portfolio folder 1)
  • Oliver Partridge's copy of the Plan of a Proposed Union of the Several Colonies, 1754 (Dwight #40)
  • The case settling the boundary dispute between New York and Massachusetts Bay, 1763(?) (Dwight #53)
  • Broadside issued by the Massachusetts House of Representatives regarding the election and responsibilities of town Committees of Correspondence, Inspection and Safety, 13 Feb. 1776 (Dwight #58)
Ephraim Williams, Jr. letter to Israel Williams, 1755
Ephraim Williams's letter to Israel Williams enclosing his will, 1755