NOTE: For Fall Semester 2020 due to the pandemic vistors will be unable to physically access the libraries. Please contact your local public library to see if they have access to any of the materials you are seeking.
Research and Reference Assistance
Special Collections staff members are happy to assist Colby College alumni with research questions and reference requests. We provide individual research consultations in person, by phone, or by e-mail. In many cases we can provide digital scans of materials upon request.
Special Collections is happy to conduct tours of our facilities in Miller Library for interested alumni. Tours are also offered in conjunction with campus events such as Reunion Weekend.
Special Collections is involved in many alumni events, including Reunion Weekend in June, Family Homecoming Weekend in October, and Alumni College in July. We also attend select alumni events in nearby cities, where we display and discuss materials from the archives.
Alumni may be interested in the Colby archives (Colbiana), which comprises the historical records of the College from 1813 to the present. This archive includes administrative and curricular policy documents, information on student life and customs, and senior scholar papers and honors theses. There are complete runs of the Board of Trustees minutes, the Colby Echo (also available online), the Alumnus/Colby Magazine, and the Oracle.
We have an extensive collection of files documenting the lives of alumni, administrators, faculty, staff, and honorary degree recipients, as well as an extensive collection of photographs, many of which are available online.
Donating to Special Collections
We welcome and encourage alumni to donate materials related to their college experience at Colby. These materials enhance and strengthen our collections, complement our existing materials, help tell the story of the College, and are often used in teaching current students about Colby in our archival labs. If you have materials that you would like to donate to Special Collections, please contact Jim Merrick (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please give!