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Amazing collection of old books and documents

Great collection of books and documents going back to colonial times. Well organized with good... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
fairfax, va
Nice (Old) College Library

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

Reviewed August 29, 2017
Nashua, New Hampshire
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6 days ago
“Amazing collection of old books and documents”
Aug 29, 2017
“Nice (Old) College Library”
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 6 days ago

Great collection of books and documents going back to colonial times. Well organized with good descriptions.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tranquillotus
Reviewed August 29, 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 It has been replaced by a newer facility which encompasses this building.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.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 22, 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.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Frenchie28
Reviewed May 22, 2017

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

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank edraupp
Reviewed February 22, 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

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank 543ginav
Reviewed August 2, 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!

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Edward D
Reviewed July 24, 2016

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

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank mariahN8297PX
Reviewed February 20, 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

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank sparkygalBoston
Reviewed February 3, 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

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Hockessinstorm43
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

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Sam H
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September 8, 2016|
Response from mariahN8297PX | Reviewed this property |
The Chapin Library (together with Williams College Archives & Special Collections) is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.