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Chapin Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts

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Nice (Old) College Library

We toured this facility which was originally the main library for Williams College. It has been... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
Nashua, New Hampshire

We were fortunate to have a graduate student provide information about the pamphlets and documents... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
Portland, Maine
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29 Aug 2017
“Nice (Old) College Library”
22 Aug 2017
This library houses rare editions of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Stetson Hall, Main St., Williamstown, MA
+1 413-597-2462
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We toured this facility which was originally the main library for Williams College. It has been replaced by a newer facility which encompasses this building. The older documents and books were very interesting to see and there is no admission charge, another plus.

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

We were fortunate to have a graduate student provide information about the pamphlets and documents in this special room. Rare and one-of-a-kind documents relating to the founding of the United States are available for perusing. This is a perfect place for history buffs.

Thank Frenchie28
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Excellent collection of original documents, including Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and others. Superb collection for research.

Thank edraupp
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Hidden in the Sawyer Building of Williams College, this rich collection of documents and books excited and engaged us for quite a while. We saw originals of versions of the Articles of Confederation, marked up draft copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution....More

Thank Gina V
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Somewhat difficult to locate on the campus (maybe because its summer)..The Chapin Library was certainly worth the visit....lots of first editions, manuscripts, etc,...However, young lady at the desk was somewhat clueless about the pace!

Thank Edward D
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This was my 3rd visit. My husband had never visited before and he loves American history. He was in awe!

1  Thank mariahN8297PX
Reviewed 20 February 2016

I made arrangements with Chapin librarian, Wayne Hammond to view select works from celebrated children's book illustrators, Garth Williams and Pauline Baynes. He and his staff could not have been more accommodating as my husband and I viewed original art and editorial correspondence. It was...More

Thank sparkygalBoston
Reviewed 4 February 2016

Original copy of the Declaration of Independence? Check. Original copy of the Constitution? Check. There are so many incredible treasures in the Chapin Library that you could never live long enough to enjoy them all. The librarians are so delighted to share their knowledge and...More

Thank Hockessinstorm43
Reviewed 10 September 2015

A large and distinct collection including original copies of the constitution and declaration of Independenence coupled with a staff eager to help the visitor appreciate the scope of the collection

Thank Sam H
Reviewed 31 July 2015

this collection of rare documents (and books) blows the mind of first time viewers. the documents range from a copy of the declaration of independence (marked up by George mason) to the British response to that document. and everybody should have a chance to read...More

1  Thank flabliz
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9 September 2016|
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The Chapin Library (together with Williams College Archives & Special Collections) is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.