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General Biographical Files collection

Identifier: MC-247

Scope and Contents

The General Biographical Files are primarily collected by the Communications Office and transferred to the Williams College Archives after faculty and staff are deceased, though there are some files for current faculty and staff who are not deceased. The files also include prominent affiliates of Williams including donors, honorary degree recipients, and parents of current students and alumni. This collection contains reports, personal documents, correspondence, email notices, newspaper and article clippings, and digitized material -- all relevant to individual faculty and staff members and prominent affiliates of the college. Papers in this collection date from the late eighteenth century to the present.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1793-present

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The General Biographical Files 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.


48.995 Linear Feet (117 manuscript boxes letter, 1 half manuscript box letter)

452.1 Megabytes


Arranged alphabetically by person.

Physical Location

L2 Storage (F2B)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Compiled from various sources.


Files are updated and added to on a regular basis.

General Biographical Files
Laura Zepka
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Williams College Archives Repository

Sawyer Library
26 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267