Local History and College Archives

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.

Some of the library's archives, including our collection of over 200 Victorian trade cards, can be found at the North Adams Archives site. In addition to the trade cards, you'll find college photos and old photographs from North Adams.

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.