Williams College Thesis Submission

Release Form
When a student submits the departmental and electronic thesis copies, s/he and the thesis advisor must complete and sign a release form. This form specifies the administration of literary property rights (copyright), access, and reproduction of the thesis.  Contact the Archives staff if you have questions about the release form.

Submitting an electronic copy for College Archives
Only an electronic copy of a students thesis will be accepted by the College Archives as the official copy of record. Each student must complete a release form with their thesis advisor and submit it with the thesis. The file format requirement for both the release form and thesis is a PDF and each should be submitted as separate documents. If you are submitting additional files as part of your thesis, see here for a listing of other accepted file formats. Send one email with appropriate attachments (release form, final thesis, and other accompanying files/documents) to theses@williams.edu. If file(s) are too large to submit as an email attachment, please use Google Drive to share the file(s) using the email address above. The deadline for thesis submission is by 4pm on the last day of final exams (spring semester). Direct questions to Walter Komorowski, Head of Library Systems (tel: 413-597-2084). 

Personal copies
Students are responsible for printing personal copies and the cost of binding. To bind your thesis, bring the printed copy to Sawyer Library's Collection Management Department (2nd floor, tel: 413-597-2507). Students will be asked to select a binding color for each of their personal copies. Binding of personal copies must be pre-paid with cash or personal check. Credit cards and cash cards are not accepted. Costs vary each year, so please check with the Collection Management Department for current prices. Collection Management will accept printed copies to be bound until 4pm each day during the week of final exams, excluding weekends. Because binding is handled by an outside vendor, bound personal copies will be mailed to the student as soon as they are ready.

Submitting a departmental copy
A first semester thesis must be submitted to the department in acceptable form by 5pm on the final day of the Winter Study period. A second semester thesis or year-long thesis must be submitted to the department in acceptable form for final grading no later than one week preceding the first day of the final exam period (spring semester). (Please note that individual departments may have stricter deadlines than those mentioned above.) Printed copies of the thesis to be bound for the students advisor or department should be turned in to Sawyer Library's Collection Management Department (2nd floor). Collection Management will accept printed copies to be bound until 4pm each day during the week of final exams, excluding weekends. Include a signed copy of the release form with each departmental copy. Binding of printed copies is charged to the department.

Science and Psychology theses
Please follow the instructions above on how to submit an electronic copy of a thesis. Additionally, the library will produce a printed copy of theses in the sciences and psychology and make them available at Schow Science Library.

Theatre theses
Due to the performance nature of many honors projects in the Theatre Department, documentation of this work usually does not fit neatly into the guidelines for a 'traditional' written thesis. Here are suggestions for elements that Theatre honors students may submit to help document their projects.

Questions -- If you have questions concerning thesis submission deadlines, please contact your thesis advisor or the Dean's Office. Direct questions regarding the release form or the electronic submission process to the College Archives.
(archives@williams.edu).