The mission of the Hampshire College Archives is to preserve and make accessible the records of Hampshire College as well as the creative and scholarly output of its students and Faculty. In The Making of a College by Franklin Patterson and Charles R. Longsworh (found on the archives web page here), the authors refer to the library as the "educative aorta of the College." The Hampshire Archives is an important part of the heart of the College, providing access to insitutional heritage. The archives--not a dark, dustry room tucked away in a corner--are an important part of the pedagogy and legacy of Hampshire College.