Faculty Papers

Faculty papers are an excellent complement to the historical and administrative records of the College. They document the career of the faculty member and provide documentation of the research activities happening at Williams. Since they often contain significant information on teaching, research, and professional activities; researchers can gain a valuable perspective on the intellectual culture and life of the campus community. Williams has a strong tradition of faculty governance and an understanding that documenting and preserving the work of faculty in all facets of the college is essential. These guidelines outline the criteria required for faculty papers to be included in the College Archives and define the types of records we actively collect and types of records we do not want. Please contact the College Archivist at [email protected], if you are interested in donating your faculty papers or learning more about the process.

Criteria for acquisition (must meet one or more)
  • National or international reputation in an academic field, known for significant and unique scholarly work
  • Record of service to Williams and contribution to the College’s growth and development
  • Recognized for excellence in teaching and as leaders in discipline/profession
  • Record of service and contribution in community, state, and/or national affairs; represent College through notable partnerships and projects
Types of records to collect (any/all that apply)
  • Correspondence
  • Lecture notes and curriculum materials
  • Biographical material (CV’s, bibliographies, biographical sketches, personal memoirs, etc.)
  • Records from departmental or college-wide activities
  • Grant proposals and final reports
  • Speeches and presentations
  • Course syllabi
  • Research related records and data
  • Literary manuscripts, publications, and reports authored
  • Photographs and audio-visual materials
  • Scrapbooks, diaries, lab notebooks, etc.
  • Newspaper and magazine clippings, press releases, etc.
  • Rare Books and other rare publications
Types of records NOT to collect
  • Books and other publications, such as journals and magazines (Archivist will review)
  • Reprints, off-prints, and preprints
  • Student records
  • Personnel records
  • Drafts of significant publications (case by case basis)
  • College publications (Archives staff will consider on a case by case basis to fill in gaps as needed)