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Freel Library Archives and Hoosac Valley Collection for Local History

This guide contains descriptions and links of Freel Library's special collections, including college archives and local history

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Freel Library Special Collections

north adams normal school postcardFinding Materials in Our Special Collections

Books and microfilm are listed in our online catalog and can be searched for using a variety of criteria, including subject, keyword, author and title. However, the majority of materials in the collections (photographs, postcards, trade cards, objects, pamphlets, committee minutes, course catalogs, etc.) have not been cataloged. Currently, the best way to find out if we have materials that might be useful to you is to contact us. Materials in special collections cannot be borrowed and we reserve the right not to make some materials available due to their fragile nature.

We recently purchased collection management software from PastPerfect and have begun entering information about and images of our uncatalogued materials.  PastPerfect allows users to search records using keywords, and, when available, view pictures of the items online. Adding materials to PastPerfect will be a gradual process, but will allow us to make our collections available to users near and far. The library’s collection of over 200 Victorian trade cards, the majority of which were distributed by local businesses, are the first items that have been entered into the database. Information about the cards, as well as images, can be seen in the Objects section of our PastPerfect catalog.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to limited staffing, it is recommended that individuals interested in the college archives or local history collection contact us before coming in.