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Archival Collections

The  Archives & Special Collections at Hobart and William Smith Colleges strive to preserve and provide access to sources documenting the Colleges’ history.

Archival materials are arranged (processed) into Special Collections and Record Groups. Special Collections consist of materials created or collected by individuals or families and donated to the Archives. Many of these collections are created and donated by alumni/ae of the Colleges. Record Groups consist of materials from various HWS offices and departments.

Searchable collection guides, called finding aids, are available on this page for all processed collections. Finding aids offer a description of the collection, an organized inventory of the materials in it, and other supportive information about the collection. Finding aids help researchers determine if a collection is likely to contain materials of interest to them.


undefined An orange star icon indicates that all or part of the collection has been digitized and is available on the Digital Collections page. Clicking the star next to a collection will take you to the corresponding digital collection.

Special Collections

Record Groups