"Take Due Notice of Us for the Future":
Native Americans and Williams College
In this display, Special Collections (College Archives and Chapin Library) contributes to the campus-wide dialogue sparked by the Log mural depicting Ephraim Williams and Hendrick Peters Theyanoguin, and contextualizes the relationship between Williams College and Native Americans. Library collections reveal the presence of Native Americans in eighteenth-century real estate transactions with Mohicans, in the cornerstones of the college's rare book collection, and in the persistent tradition of "playing Indian." By displaying documentation of the many ways in which Native Americans are represented at Williams, we invite viewers to "take due notice" of Native history and of Native presence (and absence) in the campus community today. The exhibition is on view in the Chapin Gallery (Sawyer Library 406) through May 12, 2017 during our regular hours. Admission is free.
Also on display in the Chapin Gallery are the Founding Documents of the United States of America.
In the adjacent Instruction Gallery (Sawyer 408) through March 31, 2017 is "The Map as Narrative: Cartographic Evolution of Parisian Space, 1836–2015". In this display, based on the honors thesis of Hannah Benson, Class of 2017, the map is seen as a text or narrative which tells the story of a space and the people who live and work in it. “The narrative qualities of the map,” Ms. Benson says, “document physical and mental motion, reflect temporality and memory, and allow the map to recount how space is lived rather than how it is conceived.” On a visit to Paris, she asked Parisians to complete a blank map of the city in whatever way reflected their conception of Paris. The exhibition combines a selection of these personal maps with guidebooks and maps of Paris from the Chapin Library’s collections.
Finally, in the Steven Schow ’81 Gallery (Sawyer 455) are works of art from the Chapin collections, as well as John James Audubon's Birds of America double elephant folio: a new Audubon plate is displayed roughly twice each month.
In the Instruction Gallery from early April will be a display of American materials curated by graduate art history student Rachel Wilson. In the Chapin Gallery, beginning mid-May will be an exhibition on the larger subject of Geoscience in concert with an Archives exhibition marking 200 years of teaching Geology at Williams College; and in the autumn, an exhibition will mark the 150th birthday of architect Frank Lloyd Wright from the Chapin Library's extensive collection of Wright's publications and other materials.
This list includes primarily exhibitions presented in recent years:
- A Fisherman’s Library: Honoring the Gift of Angling Books from Robert A. DeVilbiss ’33 HANDLIST (PDF)
- Four Centuries of American Women: From Pocohontas to Augusta Read Thomas
- Pauline Baynes: Illustrations for Children’s Books HANDLIST (PDF)
- George Washington: A Life to Be Celebrated, a Death to Be Remembered
- Ruskin and His Age: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the Death of John Ruskin, 1819–1900
- Seeing the Orients: Europe and America Discover the Middle East
- Design Envisions/Envisioning Design HANDLIST (PDF)
- Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
- Leonard and Virginia Woolf as Printers: Handprinted Books from the Hogarth Press
- Herman Melville: A Retrospective of His Works on the 150th Anniversary of Moby-Dick HANDLIST (PDF)
- Eating and Etiquette in the 19th Century: Selections from the Eleanor T. Fordyce Collection of American Cookbooks
- North: Travels to the Arctic and Other Northern Lands
- Samuel Butler: The Mid-Victorian Modern Revisited
- Culture, Society, and Disease
- Reading Material: The Incarnation of Ideas
- The Heavens Revealed: Classics of Astronomy from Ptolemy to Copernicus to Einstein from the Collection of Professor Jay M. Pasachoff HANDLIST (PDF)
- 1753–1754–1755: Culture and Conflict at the Birth of Williamstown
- John DePol: American Wood Engraver
- Churchill: The Life of a Politician and Author HANDLIST (PDF)
- The Book as a Work of Art: The Cranach Press of Count Harry Kessler
- Theodore Roosevelt: In His Own Right, 1904–2004 HANDLIST (PDF)
- “She Loved All Great Formal, Noble Things”: A Willa Cather Miscellany
- Don Quixote: A Quatercentenary Celebration of the Man of La Mancha
- Herman Rosse: Designs for Theatre HANDLIST (PDF)
- American Moments, 1668–1973: Selected from Gifts to Williams College by J. Brooks Hoffman, M.D., Class of 1940
- Gunnar A. Kaldewey: Artist Books for a Global World (4 exhibitions)
- Frank Lloyd Wright: Collected by Robert P. Fordyce, Class of 1956 HANDLIST (PDF)
- The Haystack’s Soil HANDLIST (PDF)
- Nature’s Vast Frame: Natural Science and Poetry before Darwin and the “Origin of Species” HANDLIST (PDF)
- Lewis and Clark, the Louisiana Territory, and On to the Columbia
- Jack Kerouac and the Beats: Fifty Years of On the Road
- Omega Lives: The Omega Workshops and the Hogarth Press HANDLIST (PDF)
- The Civil War Revisited
- Aldus Manutius: Scholar, Printer Publisher: A Quincentenary Celebration HANDLIST (PDF)
- Chapin Library, 1915–2015: Collections for Students and Scholars
- Paul Breman and the Heritage Collection of Black Literature and Culture HANDLIST (PDF)
- Every Field of Thought: Teaching with Rare Books
- Seeing the Light: Color in Theory and Practice HANDLIST (PDF)
- "While Thy Booke Doth Live": Shakespeare and His World"
- Natural History in the Chapin Library: Purchased on the Tobias Cabot Fund