AFR 217: Race(ing) Sports: Issues, Themes and Representations of Black Athletes


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

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

Periodicals and books

• Newspaper databases -- To search across multiple newspapers, use the resources listed at the Libraries' newspaper databases page

• Local newspapers (Sawyer) -- Not all Massachusetts and local newspapers we've subscribed to are maintained in electronic format. Back issues are sometimes available in microfilm. Search for your newspaper title in FRANCIS to see which format you need to use. The microfilm is now stored at the Library Shelving Facility, so use the "LSF Request This Item" button on the right of your screen to request a reel. You can then use the microfilm readers in the basement of Sawyer. Titles that are partially available in microfilm, and partially electronically, include:

-- North Adams Transcript
-- Berkshire Eagle
-- Boston Globe

• College periodicals (Archives and Sawyer) – A number of Williams periodicals are available in Sawyer Library and the College Archives. Using the Sawyer copies can be efficient, since Sawyer is open evenings and weekends, and the Archives is not. Such periodicals include:

-- The Williams Record (Feel free to use the index to the Record, or simply page through your time period. The Archives' full copy is on microfilm, and some issues are available in hardcopy.)
-- Gulielmensian (Williams College yearbook)
-- The Alumni Review (Feel free to use the index to the publication, or simply page through your time period. The Archives' full copy is on microfilm, some issues are available in hardcopy.)

• Reunion books (Archives) – Classes usually produce a book in celebration of their reunion and include news of an alum's activities.

• Williams College Alumni Directory (Archives) – This directory lists address and sometimes career information.

• Harry H. Harts Favorite Recipes (Archives) – This is the cookbook compiled by Harry Hart, the cook for a variety of Williams sports teams ca. 1951.

• Bob Feller's All Stars v. Satchel Pages' All Stars Promotion Book (Chapin) – Ask the Chapin Library staff if you would like to see this piece.

Manuscripts, archives and vertical files – Request from the Archives' staff

• Vertical files (Archives) – These are materials the archivists have collected over the years. A box of files is on reserve for your class. It includes or covers such items as Black graduates, the Hopkins Hall occupation, Political activities, etc.

• Biographical files (Archives) – Including a variety of biographical information, clippings, etc. We curate:

-- Alumni biographical files (for deceased alumni)
-- Faculty/staff biographical files (primarily for retired or departed faculty/staff)

• Sports Files (Archives) – Organized by sport, then chronologically, these files may include game coverage, etc.

• Theses (Archives) – Written by Williams undergraduates. Of interest may be:

-- Beach, Ann Pendleton. Voices of change: Williams College black students and the 1969 occupation of Hopkins Hall. 1987. (also available as part of the e-thesis site )
-- Jennings, Pamela Sue. The academic, social, and emotional experience of black freshmen at Williams College. 1978.

Audio-visual and material – Request from the Archives' staff

• Photographs (Archives) – Only some images are available online @, so you will probably be using photographic prints. These images are split into two major groups:

-- Portraits (primarily of faculty and staff)
-- Groups, Places, Events (ex: Football, 1975)

• Oral Histories (Archives) – Interviews with faculty, coaches, alumni and administrators. You can search unrestricted interviews online from select machines in the Archives, or request to use hardcopy transcripts.

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