Somewhat difficult to locate on the campus (maybe because its summer)..The Chapin Library was certainly worth the visit....lots of first editions, manuscripts, etc,...However, young lady at the desk was somewhat clueless
about the pace!
I made arrangements with Chapin librarian, Wayne Hammond to view select works from celebrated children's book illustrators, Garth Williams and Pauline Baynes. He and his staff could not have been more accommodating as my husband and I viewed original art and editorial correspondence. It was a wonderful behind-the-scenes look into the world of mid-century picture book production.
Original copy of the Declaration of Independence? Check.
Original copy of the Constitution? Check.
There are so many incredible treasures in the Chapin Library that you could never live long enough to enjoy them all. The librarians are so delighted to share their knowledge and let you in on some of the amazing secrets that are waiting to be uncovered...
The Chapin Library, which is the rare book and manuscript collection of Williams College, is located in the magnificent new Sawyer Library. No other liberal arts college in the United States has a rare book collection that compares to this one. Fortunately, the Chapin's curators mount significant exhibitions of their treasures, and these exhibitions are open to the public. The...