Archives & Special Collections Class Visit Request

The staff of Frost Library are dedicated to teaching the craft of research; within the Archives & Special Collections we focus on how to locate, assess, handle, and work with primary resources across a wide range of subjects. As the primary repository for both institutional records and books, manuscripts, and other materials of enduring historical and research value, we can support a variety of long-term research projects and classroom exercises.

Please note: space in the Archives' Reading Room is very limited. The maximum number of students for hands-on work with archival materials is 12; we can accommodate groups of up to 20 students, but no hands-on work with materials is possible with more than 12 students.

View our Frequently Asked Questions about class visits.

Schedule an Instruction Session

Thank you for your interest in scheduling a session with Amherst College Archives & Special Collections. Please fill out the form below and a staff member will be back in contact via email with further information once this information has been received and processed.

The maximum number of students we can accommodate is 20. Classes that want to do hands-on work with archival materials should have no more than 12-16 students.
Do any students require accommodations? *
Have you brought a class to the archives before? *
The archives' classroom calendar fills up quickly. Request early to reserve your preferred spot.
Please outline what you would like your students to achieve during the visit. Please include archival or rare book holdings that might fall within the parameters of the course. Our publicly available collections are available here:
Have you discussed a library instruction session with your department's liaison? *
(Archives works closely with the Research & Instruction Department liaisons in co-teaching class sessions.)
Please check if you would like to meet with a member of the archives staff:

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