Sawyer Stories

Share with us the memories you have of Sawyer Library. Send us a link to your YouTube video or email us at [email protected]. We’ll post your memories here and we encourage you to comment on one another’s posts.

A Surreal Experience

What I remember most about Sawyer … unlocking the doors for the library’s opening time.

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Erryn Leinbaugh ’99

It was late in the semester and I was rather behind on my reading, so naturally I fell asleep at some point. I woke needing to use the bathroom, so groggily stumbled into the restroom.

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A Real All-Nighter

At some point during my freshman year (1983/1984), about ten of us Williams women decided to spend the entire night (undetected) in Sawyer Library. With visions of “The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” in our heads, we hatched our plans.

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Ironic

I was a member of Sigma Phi which was where the first Sawyer Library was. Jack was also a member of Sigma Phi and was President of the college when he wanted us to give the house to the College as he was getting rid of fraternities.

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John Legaré Williams, Esq. ’98

I think of Sawyer as the birth of the internet at Williams College. It was my sophomore year in 1995 when I first checked my Williams.edu email in Sawyer to discover I had 1.5 years of emails to go through (all 20 of them). I also browsed the web for the first time in Sawyer

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Grace Paine Terzian ’74

I wish I could recall the name of the earnest middle-aged librarian who helped me with an unusual request one day at Sawyer Library. He might have been the Head Librarian for all I know. I was conversing with a handsome young man…

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Terri Williams ’88

Toolin’ at the Libes would not be complete without falling asleep at the top of one of the double- decker carrels with a cookies and cream Frost from the snack bar on the desk next to you. When the closing bell went off- I was startled. I knocked the full shake over the side…

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Anne Hanson ’88

Anne Hanson ’88 remembers studying in full view of Williams’ scenic landscape and, on numerous occasions, staying until the library’s closing time.

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Barb Davis-Howard, wife of Rev. Robert Howard ’53

Barb Davis-Howard recounts the lifelong friendship between her father and Arnold Bernhard, members of the Class of 1925.

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Fern Jeffries ’83

Fern Jeffries ’83 recounts her memories of Williams and talks about the special sense of community that is fostered here.

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