Archives & Special Collections

The HCC Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for research materials of enduring historic value created by the HCC community.

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The HCC Archives & Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available for research materials that contribute to the enduring historical memory of the college.

These materials range in scope from photographs, official college reports and publications, records of administrative offices, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks to yearbooks, memorabilia items, oral history tapes, governance and committee meeting minutes, and much more!

Visiting the Archives

The Archives is located on the first floor of the Library, in the Donahue Building, Office Number 212. In order to make the most of your visit, you are encouraged to contact the archivist with your inquiry prior to arrival. You may visit anytime Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

hcc current files

The Archives maintains a collection of current materials deemed of high importance to the college community readily available for quick access. Please request these items at the circulation desk. If you would like to request that additional material(s) be added to this collection, please contact the archivist

List of contents


  • Four people from the class of 1951. Standing from left to right are: William Sullivan, Claire Ducharme, Lucille Brunelle, and Fran Laposta. They are outside but exactly where is not known. Holyoke Junior College.

    Holyoke Junior College

    Explore photographs from the days when Holyoke Community College was known as "Holyoke Junior College." This photograph of William Sullivan, Claire Ducharme, Lucille Brunelle, and Fran Laposta was taken in 1951.

  • Three students work on the 1975 yearbook

    Yearbook staff

    Three student members of the yearbook staff work on the 1975 yearbook.

  • 1968 Holyoke Community College fire

    1968 fire

    HCC's newly renovated campus burned to the ground on a bitterly cold day in January of 1968. It was the resourcefulness and innovative spirit of the college and community that enabled students to resume their studies in temporary facilities within a matter of days. Later, flooding the governor's office with hundreds of letters and phone calls, the community and college joined forces to insist that the school be rebuilt in Holyoke.

  • 1960's photograph of the HCC science building

    Science building

    This photograph of the Science Annex Building was taken in the 1960s.

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