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Image - The Banjo, 1872

A banjo tutor, 1872

The Hamilton College Special Collections - General Collection

The Special Collections of the Hamilton College Library comprise a variety of materials ranging from six Roman-Egyptian Papyri and fifty-four incunabula to contemporary artist's books. The three main collections are the Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection, the Ezra Pound Collection, and the Communal Societies Collection. We are also strong in Book Arts, Utica Imprints, and local history, including the Adirondacks, and Civil War regimental histories from New York State.


  • Vital records, manuscripts, Banjo tutors, posters, rare books, etc.

Research on site at Hamilton College

To schedule a research visit, please contact us in advance.

Christian Goodwillie, Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives
E-mail: cgoodwil (at) hamilton (dot) edu
Telephone: (315) 859-4447

Special Collections
Burke Library
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Regular hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Rutgers v. Waddington, 1784
Manuscript brief written by Alexander Hamilton, counsel to the defense for the Rutgers v. Waddington case. Under the terms of the Trespass Act, Elizabeth Rutgers sued Joshua Waddington for damages caused by his use of her brewery during the British occupation in the Revolutionary War. Hamilton's brief shredded the Trespass Act as an illegal piece of legislation that flouted established principles ... [description clipped]