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Library Orientation: Fall 2020

Welcome to Hampshire College! This guide will give you a brief overview of all the Harold F. Johnson library has to offer you as students.

All About the Archives

The archives staff is available for remote research consultations, consultations about donating or transferring records to the archives including general institutional records, 50th anniversary donations, and Div III submissions, to which we strongly encourage submission via our Compass platform. Also, the staff can answer questions about reproduction support.

Due to the campus restrictions put in place in response to the Coronavirus outbreak and to limit pathways of its spread, the Archives is closed for in-person visits until further notice. In the meantime, the College Archivist, Jes Neal, is still available for remote consultations, research assistance, and digitization requests. Jes can be reached at

For more information about the college archives, visit this resource guide!

Meet Our Archivist

Jes Neal 

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Jessica C. Neal (Jes) is a millennial from Mobile, AL and has experience working in academic libraries and archives, historical societies, federal government, and private sector organizations. She received her B.A. in African World Studies from Dillard University and her MLIS in Archival Studies from the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As a Black and queer archivist, her work seeks to identify alternative and inclusive entry points into the concept and practice of archiving that seeks to be descriptive, corrective, and prescriptive for marginalized communities. Jessica is passionate about partnering with communities of color to recover, document, and maintain autonomy over the processes in which their narratives are preserved and accessed. She is also passionate about building methodological criteria for preserving archival material, documenting social movements, and rendering the history of African diasporic communities. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Jes was based in San Antonio, TX, where she was the University Archivist and Records Manager at Trinity University. She is an avid reader, traveler, and Boston Celtics fan.