Special Collections

Special Collections promotes the use of Colby’s rare books, literary manuscripts, and college archives.
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Articles, books, audio, video, images and more.

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Books and other materials from Colby, Bates and Bowdoin.

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Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Wellesley, and Williams

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Academic and public libraries in Maine

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Libraries throughout the world

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Titles (A-Z) of journals to which Colby subscribes with links to their contents.

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Lists of our electronic databases, with links for access.

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Request a book, chapter, journal article, or thesis that Colby does not own or check the status of your requests.

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Easily search for articles across thousands of sources.

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Lists of our electronic databases, with links for access.

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Digital repository of books, and primary resources from around the world. More detailed information and help.

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Digital repository of journals, newspapers, theses, archives and government publications from the U.S. and developing regions. For assistance, contact a research librarian.

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Search for course reserves.

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Guides to scholarly resources, vetted and organized by subject specialists.

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Browse List of Major Collections >
Browse Digital Commons
Browse Colby's Historical Images >
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Published materials include rare books and other materials held by Special Collections.

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Our major collections of unpublished materials contain correspondence, literary manuscripts and items from the college archives. The list of major collections includes links to finding aids and other content.

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Digital Commons contains scholarly and creative collections unique to Colby. Content includes honors theses, student capstone work, faculty scholarship, college archives and special collections and journals.

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The Colbiana Photographs collection contains over 10,000 images from Colby's history. Subjects include the downtown Waterville campus, construction and relocation to Mayflower Hill, and views of students and faculty throughout the decades.

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Artstor is a digital library of nearly 2 million images from the arts, humanities, and sciences. Colby-related collections in Artstor include the Imago teaching collection, Colbiana Photographs, and images from the Colby College Museum of Art.

  • Collections

    Explore our fabulous physical and digital collections, in a variety of formats, that connect with the Colby curriculum across the four divisions.

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  • Services

    We provide a robust archives education program, on-demand scanning services and digital file management expertise, on-site research assistance, and Special Collections tours and exhibitions.

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  • Spaces

    Special Collections offers contemplative rooms for archival labs, research, events, and quiet study. The Digital Production Center has state-of-the-art equipment to meet scanning and other digitization needs.

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  • About

    The Special Collections mission, our locations, policies, and staff contact information.

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Archives Education Librarian

Erin Rhodes, Archives Education Librarian

Erin Rhodes

Colbiana/Finding Aids Coordinator

Jim Merrick, Colbiana and Finding Aids Coordinator

Jim Merrick

Visual Resources Curator

Maggie Libby, Visual Resources Curator

Maggie Libby

Asst. Dir. for Special Collections

Pat Burdick, Assistant Director for Special Collections

Pat Burdick