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Again this year the Chapin Library at Williams College and the Williamstown Theatre Festival are presenting a video program as our annual reading of the Declaration of Independence and related documents. We have also asked members of the community: “What does the Declaration of Independence mean to you?” Responses to this question can be viewed in a slideshow.

The Weber Special Collections Reading Room is currently open to Williams faculty, staff and students without an appointment Monday-Friday, 10-4. While we welcome you to stop by without an appointment, advance notice will allow us to prepare material for your use. Please contact us with questions and information about your research plans.

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The Special Collections Department advances the mission of Williams College by connecting rare books and manuscripts to teaching, research, and creative expression. The College Archives documents the widest possible range of experiences that inform the history of Williams. The Chapin Library collects books, manuscripts, and other primary sources from antiquity to the present, as a foundation of learning for the Williams liberal arts curriculum.

Researchers may use our material in the Weber Special Collections Reading Room on the 4th floor of Sawyer Library. We welcome you to contact us to arrange a visit.