Browse Exhibits (8 total)

Davis Center Posters

A growing collection of Williams College minority coalition event posters.

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March on Washington 1963

Williams College Archives accesioned 1963 March on Washington ephemera from Professor Samuel Edgerton. Highlights from the collection include a pamphlet outling the days events to images of protest signs used at the seminal event. Edgerton held originals until May 2013 when custodianship passed to the Smithsonian Museum of African American History.

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Williams College Architectural Plans

Highlights of larger format blueprints and architectural plans of Williams College and the Williamstown area. Interesting elements include plans for Stetson, the former home of Archives and Chapin Library as well as Sawyer Library, the soon-to-be former home of the Williams Libraries.

All electronic materials are subject to licensing and copyright restrictions.

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Holley Papers

The John Milton Holley Papers, 1793-1799, consist of letters, arranged chronologically, that were written and received by Milton Holley (1777-1836) and his brother Myron (1779-1841) during their attendance at Williams College. The Holley correspondence can be broken into two broad categories, which combine to provide a lively, detailed picture of life at Williams in its earliest days. First, there are letters that the brothers sent home to their parents, Luther and Sarah Holley, reporting on their progress at school. These letters address practical concerns such as education and living expenses, travel schedules, health, rooming situations, classes, etc. Second, there are letters written to Milton at the Holleys' home in Dover by his friends who were still at Williams. These letters are witty, animated and often quite sentimental. They are, on the whole, less informative than the letters the brothers wrote to their parents. They do, however, include news of social events, post- graduation plans, interpersonal relationships and general gossip. Other than the Holleys, major correspondents include: Ephraim Judson (Class of 1797), Thomas Fitch (Class of 1798), Moses Curtis (Class of 1798), Elijah Mills (Class of 1797), Martin Field (Class of 1798), William Billings (Class of 1798) and William H. Williams (Class of 1798).

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Dively Committee Posters

Established in 1991 with a generous gift from Mike Dively ‘61, the Dively Committee for Human Sexuality and Diversity is a group composed of students, staff, and faculty who plan and fund events on campus that focus on gender, sexuality, and queer identities at Williams. The Dively Committee Poster Collection documents their mission to develop an understanding of human sexuality and sexual orientation and their impact on culture. The posters cover a broad array of programming that explores issues relating to gender difference, sexuality, homosexuality, and feminism, and that encourages a respect for and awareness of human sexuality and diversity.

All electronic materials are subject to licensing and copyright restrictions.

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Williams College Commencement

Discover a visual history of Williams College Commencement  from 1795 to the current day exploring the Archives graduation-related materials.

The first Commencement ceremonies at Williams College were held in 1795 at the Congregational Meeting house. And, it is true that graduation is no longer the all day affair of 1795, during which each graduating senior spoke four times.  And we no longer offer a “watermelon cart and grog-stand,” fixtures of Williams’ 19th-century graduation festivities. Since 1795 the ceremony has been presided over by the High Sheriff of Berkshire County, representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which granted a charter to the College in 1793.

Today's ceremonies reaffirm and acknowledge these early Commencement practices: the procession takes a respectful walk past West College, it is still led by the High Sheriff, and while no longer in a meeting house, a Chaplain of the College opens and closes the proceedings.

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Williams College and Williamstown Map Collection, 1876-1987

The Williams College and Williamstown Map Collection maintains a collection of digital resources in a variety of formats. Holding thousands of digital objects, this collection can be searched by tags as well as title, author, subject or genre and every result includes  on-line image which can be viewed using Google Docs Viewer.

All electronic materials are subject to licensing and copyright restrictions.

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Reily Scrapbook

Scrapbook of Michael Reily documents school years at Woodberry Forest School and Williams College (Class of 1964). Prepared by his mother, following Micheal Reily’s death due to Hodgkins lymphoma in July 1964.  The scrapbook is leather-bound, containing photographs, newspaper clippings, ribbons, certificates, etc. primarily regarding Michael’s activities in track and field, football, and wrestling.     

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