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.
- Stevenson Library Presents: Magna Carta Exhibit - Bard College, Stevenson Library presents an exhibit drawn from the Sussman Rare Book Collection in honor of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The exhibit traces the bibliographic history of clause 29, which guarantees the liberty of persons from arbitrary arrest and imprisonment by the state and remains a pillar of Anglo-American law to this day.
May - October, 2015
- 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 - Students in Bard's Public History Practicum, History 3227, have developed an exhibit covering the unique history of this area before Bard was established (originally St Stephen's College in 1860).
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 have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out an Archives Request Form.