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Blueprint records

 Record Group
Identifier: AC-12

Scope and Contents

The Blueprint records comprises blueprints, plans and architectural drawings of the Williams College campus and buildings in Williamstown. Some materials from the collection have been digitized. Not all college buildings are represented in the collection and the provenance of a particular item is not always known.


  • Creation: 1905-present

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Blueprint records are open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request. Copyright restrictions may apply.


279 Broadsides

1.73 Linear Feet (5 blueprint boxes)

6.22 Gigabytes


Organized into four series: I. Blueprints. II. Drawings. III. Objects. IV. Maps. Each series is further organized by architect when architect, engineer, or designer has been identified.

Physical Location

Library Shelving Facility, flat file cabinets 4-5.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sources vary.


The collection receives regular accruals through transfers from college offices and/or gifts from individuals.

Processing Information

Processed by Chris Johnson and Allison Marston, 1990-1991. Guide written by Chris Johnson and Allison Marston, 1990-1991. Conservation of the collection has involved flattening materials, rehousing them in acid-free folders and, in a few instances, encapsulating particularly fragile prints. Small and/or oddly sized materials have been housed in boxes while the bulk of the collection resides in map case drawers. In 2017 the collection a folder level inventory was conducted by comparing the physical blueprints against the finding aid from the old archives' website. During the inventory many new blueprints were discovered and added to the finding aid. All folders are numbered, barcoded, and linked to a cabinet location at the Library Shelving Facility.

Blueprint records
Johnson, Chris, Allison Marston, and Laura Zepka.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Williams College Archives Repository

Sawyer Library
26 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267