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Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the Reading Room will be closed to researchers for the Fall 2020 semester. Please contact the archivist at tieger@bard.edu to see how we can help you with your research.

Welcome!

The mission of the Bard College Archives & Special Collections is to collect, preserve and make available materials in a variety of formats relating to the intellectual and social history of Bard College and its surrounding communities. By offering online and physical access to its holdings, the Archives & Special Collections seeks to support the research and work of undergraduates, the greater Bard community, public historians, private researchers, and scholars worldwide.

The Bard College Archives & Special Collections documents the history of the College and the Hudson Valley through its collections, and preserves significant book collections to ensure their long term availability. This website serves to showcase some of the materials available for study, as well as to provide enhanced access to selected materials. Our collections fall into the following categories: College archives; Local and Regional History archives; Delafield Family/Montgomery Place archives; and Monographic Special Collections. Click around and be curious! Specific collections will be presented or described in the following pages.

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"Seclusion" By Bob Bassler '57. Blithewood Garden Pool.

Abolition/Resistance

From Europe to Africa to the Americas, the deepest story of colonial settlement is resistance to racial oppression. Guided by his discerning collector’s eye and deep commitment to civil rights, Alan Sussman amassed an unparalleled collection of works on transatlantic slavery and the struggle against subjugation.

Click here to vew the Abolition/Resistance exhibit.

Visiting the Archives

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the Reading Room will be closed to researchers for the Fall 2020 semester. Please contact the archivist at tieger@bard.edu to see how we can help you with your research.

Gifts to the Archives

Do you have some St. Stephen’s or Bard memorabilia you would like to donate? The Bard Archives & Special Collections Department accepts donations of archival materials or books that fit into the many of the collections listed above. However, the Department will not accept donations of materials where ownership has not been transferred to the College. Given space and staffing limitations, all gifts for the Bard Archives must be approved by the Archivist, or other appropriate staff. We will be happy to start a discussion with you!

If you are interested in supporting the work that we do in other ways, click here.