Special Collections at The Jones Library is the place to discover more about the history and literary heritage of Amherst and the surrounding Pioneer Valley.
Special Collections is designed to be both a scholarly research center and a popular reading and exhibit space for the general public. Under the vision and leadership of our first director Charles Green, The Jones Library has been collecting local history and genealogy materials since the 1920s. With a focus on the history and literary heritage of Amherst and the surrounding Pioneer Valley, our collections include local history and genealogy resources, rare books, manuscripts, organizational records, photographs, and maps. We also maintain the Library’s Fine Arts Collection.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to view our exhibits and use our collections. Due to variable hours of operation, we advise making an appointment, especially if traveling from a distance. Advance notice also enables us to have materials readied for your use or viewing. Special viewings, class visits, and tours can be arranged with advance notice. For those individuals who are unable to visit us in person, we provide remote research assistance and welcome inquiries by phone, email, and letter.