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History of the College

Founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy; chartered in 1812 as Hamilton College; third oldest college established in New York State.
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Half-Century Annalist Letters

The Half-Century Annalist Letters constitute an invaluable ­historical record of Hamilton's past and is the ­primary source of information about student life on the Hill over many generations. Set in the context of their times, the annalist's letters faithfully reflect social and institutional change. More ...


Faculty Memorial Tributes

The Hamilton community honors the lives and contributions of faculty members upon their death with the reading of a memorial tribute. These brief reflections, prepared by faculty colleagues, collectively illustrate the legacy of great teaching and mentoring on College Hill. More ...

Through the Ages

Immerse yourself in a visual and textual telling of Hamilton history with the Hamilton Timeline, a dramatic digital rendering of the Hill past and present. More …

On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College, published on the occasion of Hamilton’s 200th anniversary in 2012, tells the story of the College’s rich history through captivating text and stunning color images. Written by Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History, the book is available in the Bookstore

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