The Department of Special Collections houses the college’s archives and its rare book collection. The collecting mission of the archives is limited to materials directly related to Skidmore College. This includes, but is not limited to, department and committee records, college and student publications, photographs, news articles, audio-visual recordings, and writings about Skidmore and its community of students, employees and alumni. Our rare books collection encompasses numerous small named collections of rare books as well as an artists’ books collection. These books are all cataloged and searchable online, through the Library's catalog (choose "Special Collections" under the "Format" limiter).

Material from Special Collections cannot be checked out but may be viewed in the Pohndorff Reading Room during posted hours. It is always advisable to make an appointment before visiting, due to heavy class usage. The mission of Special Collections is to serve Skidmore’s community first and foremost, but with this in mind, we welcome and make every effort to accommodate outside researchers.

Special Collections serves as a repository for predominantly paper-based materials. Other physical objects, such as paintings, sculpture, art prints, and antiques owned by the college’s founder, come under the jurisdiction of the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore.

Send us your questions or comments:

Wendy Anthony
Head of Special Collections
(518) 580-5509

Jane Kjaer
Special Collections Curator
(518) 580-5507

Rachael Rieck
Archives Assistant
(518) 580-5544

Reading Room Hours:

10:00am - 12:00pm / 1:00pm - 4:00pm
10:00am - 12:00pm / 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Other times:
By appointment

Image credit: [Athletic Association - basketball team - on the front steps of Young Women's Industrial Club, 151 Regent St.]; gelatin silver print, 1914; George S. Bolster Photograph Collection


Browse the Special Collections: Rare Books & College Archives Collections:

Agnes S. Ritchie '29 - Memory Book of College Life

Anita Pohndorff Yates Collection of Saratogiana

Artists’ Books

Book of Hours

Bulletins and Catalogues, 1911-2011

Campus Collection

Elizabeth Fisher Adams ’29

Eromdiks, 1914-2016

George S. Bolster Photograph Collection

Letter Collection

Moseley Faculty Research Lectures

Norman M. Fox Collection of Illustrated Books

Oral Histories of Skidmore College

Patricia-Ann Lee Land Grants

Saratoga Maps

Skidmore News, 1925-2009

Sonneteers Albums

Texts from the Classical World