Research and Instruction

The Williams College Archives curates a multitude of collections that can be used as a lens through which to study events of regional, national or international scope.  This richness of holdings lends itself to a wide variety of uses.

The Archives staff is eager to help users with classroom projects, theses, or personal research. Because pertinent information may be found across multiple collections or in several different formats (oral histories, written records, and blueprints, for example), we urge you to get in touch with us well before you begin your research.

We are also available to meet with classes to consider the possibilities of various primary sources, to discuss developing and revising a research topic, to review database search techniques, etc.

To aid research on frequently requested topics, we have developed a series of bibliographies and study guides, and created a listing of helpful links to databases and on-line sites that specialize in primary source material.