This website serves to showcase some of the materials available for study, as well as to provide enhanced access to selected materials in the collections. Due to the obsolescence of certain technologies, in some cases this site represents the only means of experiencing the originals. We hope you take a little time to look around; perhaps you'll find an answer to a question you have had, or better yet, find a question that needs a more complete answer.
The mission of the Bard College Archives is to preserve the intellectual and social history of Bard College and its place in the development of progressive liberal education. By creating access to its collections through online and physical exhibits as well as through traditional reference work, the Archives seeks to tell the story of the college and the individuals who have created the Bard community through time.
- Adopt a Book - We are delighted to announce a new project in Archives and Special Collections. It is now possible to support the work of the library in a very direct way. Our Adopt-a-Book program allows donors to sponsor the conservation of individual books that have become fragile over time. At this point we are suggesting some books which have a significant provenance--many in this group belonged to members of the Bard Family, or their extended families, the Crugers and the Sands. If you would like to participate in this program but do not see a title that interests you, please know that we have many books needing care, in all price ranges. It is also possible to make a contribution over a period of time. Please contact Helene in the Archives to discuss your interest in this project.
- Before Bard: A Sense of Place - The students in Bard's Public History Practicum, an on-going student project, have developed this exhibit to help us all understand more about this place we call Bard. Click on "The Place" to begin the navigating exhibit.
- Uxmal-on-Hudson - In 1839, President Martin Van Buren appointed John Lloyd Stephens to the post of Special Ambassador to Central America. Together with his colleague, the draftsman and artist Frederick Catherwood - Read More...
If you would like to use the collections in person, please make an appointment to ensure that someone will be available to assist you. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out an Archives Request Form.