Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Williston Memorial Library

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Institution Name: Mount Holyoke College
Original/Historic Place Name: Williston Memorial Library
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1905original construction Newton, George F.
Designer: George F. Newton (Boston)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
1905-present (2006)library

The Williston Memorial Library was built in 1905 on the site of the 1870 library and was named for A. Lyman Williston in 1917. Its lobby was styled after the Medici Library in Florence, Italy, and the main room is designed to resemble England's Westminster Hall. Additions to the library were made in 1935 and 1968.

Williston Library is part of "Library, Information and Technology Services" or LITS, which comprises three connected buildings: Williston, Miles-Smith, and Dwight. Williston still holds the bulk of the college library collection and related services.


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Edmonds, Anne Carey. A Memory Book: Mount Holyoke College 1837-1987. South Hadley, MA: Mount Holyoke College, 1988.

Gaines, Thomas A. The Campus as a Work of Art. New York: Praeger, 1991.

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Mount Holyoke College. The Centenary of Mount Holyoke College. South Hadley, MA: Mount Holyoke College, 1937.

Mount Holyoke College. Memorial. Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Springfield, MA: S. Bowles & Company, 1862.

"Mount Holyoke College Historic Map Website." Online (1997). Archives and Special Collections.

Nutting, Mary O. Historical Sketch of Mount Holyoke Seminary. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1876.

Schwartz, Robert, et al. "Historical Atlas of the Mount Holyoke College Campus." Online (2004). Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.

Stow, Sarah D. Locke. History of Mount Holyoke Seminary, South Hadley, Mass., During its First Half Century. Springfield, MA: Springfield Printing Company, 1887.


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