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Archives Special Collections

Welcome to the Archives and Special Collections!

The Archives & Special Collections acquires and preserves the history of Washington College as well as special collections which include rare books, manuscripts and ephemera related to Washington College, Chestertown and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  Washington College has a long history of collecting and preserving primary resources.  The Archives is the repository of the official records of administrators and departments of the college and contains materials covering  biographical information, academics, athletics, the arts, political and spiritual life and related activities donated by faculty, staff, students, alumnae and members of the Chestertown community.  The Archives serves as the permanent repository for these items and all historically significant materials relating to the college for long-term preservation and wider availability. 

You can view a finding aid for all available collections online through the ArchivesSpace public portal (coming soon!)

Stop by and visit when you are on campus, or contact us if you would like to conduct research.

Bunting Library, circa 1945

An Account of Washington College 

Written by the College’s first president, William Smith, An Account of Washington College provides the most detailed and reliable account of the founding of Washington College available. For the accurate detail it provides on the chartering, endowment, board and faculty, and first Commencement, Smith’s Account is also a unique document on the founding of a college in Federal America, without parallel among the dozen or more colleges founded in the United States at the end of the eighteenth century. Read it here in our digital archives

The Miller Library Archives Collection is dedicated to the memory of Benjamin Kohl Sr., P’ 85.