Guide to Williams History

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Williams History 101 - The Essentials[edit]

Williams History 201 - On specific subjects[edit]

Williams's lobbying and investment activities.

Williams History 301 - For the intrepid and curious[edit]

Books to Read[edit]

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This is a guide to some sources on the history of Williams. The College provides a brief history, along with detailed biographies of its Presidents. There is also an overview of the life of Ephraim Williams. The Archives contain other material, see in particular the history of some of the most important people and events from the College's past.

This history of the sciences at Williams, the result of a collaborative effort among the students in History of Science 240 during the spring of 1992, is a fine example of what more could be done. Also see the biographies of the members of the Williams class of 1863, created in conjunction with their 40th reunion.

Unfortunately, the most important book on the history of Williams --- "Mark Hopkins and The Log: Williams College, 1836-1872", by Emeritus Professor Frederick Rudolph '42 --- is not available on the web.

Form 990s filed by the College are also available.