Yearbooks + Archives

Relive the Yearbooks

They were the best of times…Relive the fashions, hairstyles, and hijinks of your high school years. Remember favorite faculty and winning teams. See who lived up to their senior superlatives and marvel at the path you’ve taken since you graduated.  

Williston Academy Yearbooks

Northampton School for Girl Yearbooks

Williston Northampton Yearbooks


From the Archives

Archivist and Librarian Rick Teller ‘70 shares the history behind the traditions and the stories behind the people and places that contribute to the story of the Williston Northampton School.  

For seniors, placing a class plaque on the fence is an honored end-of-the-year tradition, connecting classes across the years

To gain admission in 1879, a prospective student had to know the latitude and longitude of Boston, Rome, and Bejing, and many other curious questions of days gone by.

The first dorm built on the “new” campus back in 1916, Ford has been home to generations of students—as well as countless traditions and epic pranks.

Ask the Archivist

Do you have a question about Williston history? Or, do you have memorabilia that might be of interest for the Archives? If so, please contact school archivist  Rick Teller ’70.


1841
Williston Academy is founded by Samuel and Emily Williston
1924
Northampton School for Girls is founded by Sarah Whitaker and Dorothy Bement
1971
The two schools merge and become the Williston Northampton School.

Samuel Williston's Hat

In the mid-19th century, no gentleman would have appeared in public hatless. Somehow, we still have Samuel’s dress hat – tall, covered in beaver fur, and even in its present dilapidated state, distinguished. And of course, black.

Original Buttons

Emily Graves Williston, a talented seamstress, jump-started the family fortune when she snipped a button off the coat of a visiting clergyman and dismantled it to see how it was made. Her first buttons were made from pieces of her black silk wedding dress. Emily would eventually provide patterns and instruction, and her husband the materials, cartage, warehousing, and marketing, for a cottage button-making industry. In an unofficial biography, Emily is quoted as telling her seamstresses that “buttons on a girl’s dress are just as noticeable as her nose. Buttons should be trim and neat and they should set so well that they give a burnish to her whole turnout.” These rusted scissors, black silk bits, and wooden button centers were found under the Williston Birthplace floorboards

Emily Williston's Brooch

Grandson Samuel Williston wrote of Emily, “She was the embodiment of gracious dignity…a wise woman…and not afraid to smile.” Husband Samuel gave Emily this brooch, based on a painting by John Singleton Copley. It depicts the prophet Samuel’s call into the Lord’s service. Emily wore it in every one of her painted and photographic portraits for the rest of her life. The brooch remained in the Williston family, and was given to Mrs. Phillips Stevens by the Williston’s granddaughter—also named Emily—in 1952. The original painting now hangs at the Atheneum in Hartford, CT.