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Special Collections

The Hamilton College Library Special Collections includes a wide range of materials—from Roman-Egyptian papyri to contemporary artists' books—and features three premier collections related to the Lesser Antilles, American communal societies, and Ezra Pound. We encourage scholars, students, and the general public to explore our collection. Learn more about research opportunities below.

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Harmonia Macrocosmica detail

Other Notable Collections

Other collections feature the work Agha Shahid Ali, book arts, Civil War regimental histories, radical pamphlets and periodicals, and Utica imprints. Visit the Special Collections search page for a more comprehensive list.


Course Support

We welcome the opportunity to work with faculty interested in integrating the collections into their courses. Options range from hands-on, single-class sessions that provide students opportunities to interact with rare materials to semester-long research projects that allow students to explore the collection in greater depth. Contact Christian Goodwillie (315-859-4447 or cgoodwil@hamilton.edu) to discuss your interest.


The Walter A. Brumm Special Collections Research Fellowships offer eligible scholars up to $1500.00 for one month’s study can be used to support research in any of Hamilton College's Special Collections and Archives. More information.

The Special Collections Faculty Fellowship is designed to enable faculty to explore the Burke Library’s Special Collections and Archives with the goal of integrating the use of Special Collections materials into one or more of their courses. See the Dean of Faculty's Course Development Awards page for more information.

Visiting Special Collections

Special Collections is generally open on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. However, staff commitments may at times require us to close our reading room to the public during those hours. Please confirm staff availability before planning a visit by contacting Christian Goodwillie at cgoodwil@hamilton.edu or Seth Gottlieb at sgottlie@hamilton.edu.


About the Richard W. Couper Press

The Richard W. Couper Press publishes scholarship on communal studies and other topics that highlight the rich holdings of the Hamilton College Library's Special Collections and Archives. The press publishes a quarterly journal and three monograph series (listed below).

American Communal Societies Quarterly

American Communal Societies Quarterly features scholarly articles focusing on those American communities that have intentionally separated themselves from society in general and live according to a shared set of principles, whether religious or secular, in common ownership of property.

American Communal Societies Series

The American Communal Societies Series publishes books presenting new scholarship pertaining to American intentional communities as well as reprints of, and critical introductions to, important historical works that may be difficult to find or out of print.

Shaker Studies

Shaker Studies publishes monographs focused on the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, a religious community with English origins that first established itself in Watervliet, New York, in 1774. The Shakers created about twenty villages between Maine and Indiana during the 19th century and became known for their dance-like rituals, fine agricultural products, and the simple but exacting craftsmanship of their buildings and furniture.

Occasional Publications

Occasional Publications features topics highlighting the collection of the Hamilton College Library Special Collections and Archives.

Shakers in Niskayuna

Couper Press

The Richard W. Couper Press publishes scholarship on communal studies and other topics that highlight the rich holdings of the Hamilton College Library's Special Collections and Archives.

Contact Information

Christian Goodwillie

Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4447 cgoodwil@hamilton.edu
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