Deerfield Academy Archives

About the Archives

The Archives acquires, preserves, and provides access to a wide variety of materials that document the school’s administrative, academic, and social history. It serves as the official and final repository of the historical records of the Academy from its establishment in 1797 to the present.

Access to collections is subject to the condition of the material, legal restrictions, and considerations of confidentiality and privacy requirements. Materials are non-circulating and must be used in the Archives Reading Room in accordance with guidelines provided by Archives staff.

The Archives is open weekdays to students, faculty, alumni, and other interested researchers.

Deerfield Academy Film Archive


The Archives is in the process of digitizing its film collection. There are approximately 750 reels of 16mm and 8mm footage of various subjects from the 1920s-1980s. Enjoy these excerpts!

Collection Highlights

Frequently Asked Questions

Once a week, School Meeting begins with the singing of one of Deerfield’s school songs, and at every Sunday sit down dinner the whole school comes together and sings the Evensong. During the spring term, as seniors prepare to graduate, they are called upon many times to join in the Evensong. All the songs hold special meaning for students, alumni, and faculty alike.

In most cases, digital scans can be provided. Contact the Academy Archives if you are looking for a specific archival photograph.

Frank Boyden was Deerfield’s longest serving headmaster from 1902-1968. His time at Deerfield is captured in John McPhee’s 1966 book, The Headmaster. For additional information, please contact the Academy Archives.

If you have materials that you wish to donate, please contact Anne Lozier, Academy Archivist. Of particular interest are scrapbooks, correspondence, ephemera, photographs, and audiovisual material. 

Contact Academy Archives

Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm
Boyden Library, Room B03

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield MA 01342