Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Department: Warren Hunting Smith Library
300 Pulteney St.
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: 315.781.3550
Tricia McEldowney - 315.781.3009 - mceldowney@hws.edu

Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Hobart College was founded in 1822 by Bishop John Henry Hobart, and William Smith College founded as in 1908 by Geneva nurseryman William Smith. The Colleges’ Archive maintains as complete a record as possible of the history Hobart and William Smith Colleges from its earliest beginnings.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a member of the Rochester Regional Library Council.


Elon Howard Eaton Ornithology Collection

Elon Howard Eaton (1866-1935) was a noted ornithologist and author of Birds of New York. This collection includes papers related to his research, correspondence, and genealogical materials, as well as photographs of Eaton.

HWS Vail Photograph Collection

A collection of photographs taken by J.G. Vail, including many portraits, as well as scenes from Geneva, New York in the late 19th century.

Taylor Civil War Letters

A collection of personal correspondence written during the Civil War by Union Soldier Edward H. C. Taylor.

William Smith College History Collection

Originally founded as two separate colleges – Hobart College in 1822 and William Smith College in 1908 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges enjoy a rich and unique history that spans nearly 200 years on Seneca Lake. Below is a timeline of the Colleges’ major milestones and events from its foundation until present day.