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The Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire College is a dynamic hub of people, technology, and information that serves as an incubator of ideas across all disciplines. Educating for change demands comprehension of the past and vision for the future. The library's innovative and risk-taking intellectual environment fosters new ways of creating knowledge and understanding. The Library actively stewards institutional history, and documents the lives and work of students, alums, faculty and staff.

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The mission of the Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections is to preserve and make accessible the records of Hampshire College as well as the creative and scholarly output of its students and faculty. In The Making of a College, by Franklin Patterson and Charles R. Longsworth, the authors refer to the library as the "educative aorta of the College." The Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections is an important part of the heart of the College, providing access to institutional heritage.

Please contact archives@hampshire.edu to make an appointment to use the collections.

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Archival boxes at Hampshire College

Barbara Mettler, dancer, dance educator, author, and film and video producer, developed her own style of modern dance, which emphasized improvisation. Her core principles were beauty, freedom, and democracy. Dance was conceived as a fundamental human activity, of which all people are capable, as opposed to an elite, choreographed, performance art. She taught widely, to diverse lay people, including adults, children, and the handicapped, primarily from her own Mettler Studios. Her students later formed the International Association for Creative Dance to carry the principles of her work forward.

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Mettler dancers

A collection of digitized posters from Hampshire College's commencement celebrations.

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1971 Hampshire College Commencement Poster

In their final year at Hampshire, students undertake a major independent study project with the guidance of a faculty committee. The project might be a body of writing, art, or performance; or scholarly or scientific research. The final product is referred to as the Division III project, or “Div III.” The Division III Archive, maintained by the Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire, preserves and provides access to these works in perpetuity. Works are submitted by their creators. The Division III Archive online contains works from 2006 to the present. Print copies of text-based Division III projects submitted to the Library by students from 1971-2014 are available on the second floor of the Library, or in the Div III Showcase on the Library's main floor.

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Bell that Division III students ring when their final work is passed.

These are highlights from the papers of Eqbal Ahmad, scholar, teacher, writer, international political activist. Ahmad was Professor of Politics and Middle East Studies at Hampshire College from 1982 to 1997. The digital collection consists of primarily correspondence. Refer to the finding aid for more information about the entire collection.

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Letter from the Eqbal Ahmad papers

Recordings and transcripts of oral history interviews conducted by historian Amy Mittelman with Hampshire College founders, faculty, and administrators between 1986 and 2014.

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Early construction of the Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire College

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