What is an archive?

An archive is a repository of institutional records and historic materials.  At the Williams College Archives, these include:

  • Personal letters from Ephraim Williams, Jr.
  • Minutes of the meetings of the Board of Trustees
  • Blueprints of campus buildings
  • Historic photographs
  • Student theses
  • ... and much more!

Unlike a library, most of the material in an archive is unique and irreplaceable.  For this reason, there are special policies governing access to the materials.

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