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Chapin Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts

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Address: Stetson Hall, Main St., Williamstown, MA
Phone Number: 413/597-2462
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This library houses rare editions of the Declaration of Independence, the...

This library houses rare editions of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

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You won't believe what you can find at Chapin!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 let you in on some of the amazing secrets that are waiting to be uncovered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 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 teddy Roosevelt's typed letter instructing his campaign to return $100,000 donated by standard oil.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The Chapin Library, which is the rare book and manuscript collection of Williams College, is located in the magnificent new Sawyer Library. No other liberal arts college in the United States has a rare book collection that compares to this one. Fortunately, the Chapin's curators mount significant exhibitions of their treasures, and these exhibitions are open to the public. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2007

You should visit this small Williams College library in Stetson Hall just to see all the major documents of the beginning of US history is one case!! They have printed copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and Articles of Confederation, some with comments written on them by participants. There are no crowds, you can take your... More 

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