Archives and Special Collections

The Hampshire College archives were established in 1980 by President Adele Simmons, who recognized the archives as the repository for historical records of the College, including confidential records requiring controlled access.

The Hampshire College archives chronicles the history of Hampshire College from 1970 to today, and is comprised of unique collections including materials by and about Hampshire College founders, faculty, staff, and alumni, programs, offices, publications, photographs, oral histories, and artifacts. These records are produced in the course of day-to-day operations and transferred to the archives when no longer in daily use by the originating office or group. This material forms a documentary record of the history and functioning of the College.

Archival Collections

About the Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections

The mission of the Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections is to preserve and make accessible the records of Hampshire College as well as the creative and scholarly output of its students and faculty. In The Making of a College, by Franklin Patterson and Charles R. Longsworth, the authors refer to the library as the "educative aorta of the College." The Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections is an important part of the heart of the College, providing access to institutional heritage.

For support and research questions contact: Researcher visiting hours are limited and by appointment only. 
If you wish to donate or transfer materials to the archive, please leave your contact information and a description of the materials on our intent to donate form so that when an archivist is hired someone can follow up with you.
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