The Archives is open weekdays to the Deerfield Academy community and other interested researchers. Collections are housed in closed stacks and do not circulate. Material in the Archives is unique and irreplaceable, any use that may jeopardize its preservation is prohibited. There is no eating or drinking while using archival material and only pencils or personal computers are approved for taking notes. Paper markers are available for indicating material to be photocopied.
The Academy Archives welcomes material from alumni, faculty and staff relating to their years at the school. We rely heavily on such donations to help document the long and rich history of Deerfield Academy. Of special value are scrapbooks, letters, records of student organizations, faculty organizations and committees, ephemera, audiovisual material, and photographs. If you have materials that you wish to donate, please contact the Archives.
Academy offices are required to review the contents of their files with the Archives staff before transfer to the Archives. Please see the records transmittal form and faculty donation guidelines for more information.
For specific research questions, please fill out the following form. Someone will respond as soon as possible.
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. Even at the Academy’s annual Investiture event, alumni, parents, and students gather at sunset to sing the Evensong together. All these songs hold very 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.