Archiving Student Groups and Student Activism at Williams

The Records Management Program in conjunction with Williams College Special Collections seeks to collect and preserve individual and organizational records created by Williams students engaged in student groups and/or student activism on a broad range of issues and perspectives, both on campus and off.  We seek to gather these important and ephemeral documents-- which are stored on smartphones, tablets, or in the cloud before they decay into the digital dust.

Save your stories!
By archiving your group's records, you'll ensure that future group members have a resource when they have questions about past events, want to reach out to group alumni for reunions or fundraising, or need historical images. We can also work with your group to uncover your history. Archiving the records of your work is also good for future researchers who want to know more about student groups and student life on campus.

Remember that archives may be a part of a library, but that archives and libraries are very different places... You can read more on the Society of American Archivists' page What Are Archives and How Do They Differ from Libraries?

As a leader of a student organization, you might have records that have a place in the archives for the College. The Records Manager collects and preserves your "inactive" organizational records. These are the things you don't need to do your daily business and consult infrequently (perhaps once a year or less).

Best practices for organizing and sharing your stories and histories

How to transfer material

Examples of what we are looking for:

  • Planning documentation
  • Meeting minutes
  • Digital images
  • Videos
  • Posters
  • Websites
  • Social media

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