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Chapin Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts

Stetson Hall, Main St., Williamstown, MA
+1 413-597-2462
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Original Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and others

Excellent collection of original documents, including Articles of Confederation, Declaration of... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Christiansted, St. Croix
Limited access to materials

Hidden in the Sawyer Building of Williams College, this rich collection of documents and books... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2017
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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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Stetson Hall, Main St., Williamstown, MA
+1 413-597-2462
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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 24 July 2016

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

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
Reviewed 27 April 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...More

2  Thank WLG37
Reviewed 10 September 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...More

4  Thank Pnemiller
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What are the open Hours ? Thank you
9 September 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.