Smith Libraries Digital Collections is a pilot project begun in January 2010 with the aim of providing greater online access to primary sources, original images, and media housed within our Special Collections. New collections and exhibits will continue to be added to the site.
Smith Libraries Special Collections
The Smith College Archives collects materials created by students, faculty, administrative and departmental staff during the course of their time here and houses a rich collection of material documenting the history of Smith College from the 1860s to the present.
The Sophia Smith Collection is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources documenting the historical experience of women in the United States and abroad from the colonial era to the present. Subject strengths include birth control and reproductive rights, women's rights, suffrage, the contemporary women's movement across race, class, and sexual orientation, U.S. women working abroad, the arts (especially theatre), the professions (especially journalism and social work), and middle-class family life in nineteenth- and twentieth-century New England. Many of these collections are rich sources of visual, as well as manuscript and printed material.
The Mortimer Rare Book Room houses the college's rare books and literary manuscripts. Over decades of acquisition, curators have developed a broad, general collection of books that includes works from all periods (from medieval manuscripts to contemporary artists' books) and in all subject areas (from ancient history to zoology). Among the literary manuscripts are important collections of the papers of Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and others.
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The materials available on this Web site are for research use only. For purposes of private study, scholarship, and research, you may print or download materials from this Web site without prior permission. If you are citing materials, please give proper attribution of the source.
Publication and/or broadcast in any form (including electronic) requires written permission from the repository (College Archives, Sophia Smith Collection, or Mortimer Rare Book Room), as the owners of the original material, and may involve payment of applicable fees.
To order a high-resolution reproduction of an item found on this site, and to request permission to publish, contact the Special Collections department that owns the original (listed under "Publisher" in the item description). Contact information.
Leslie Fields, Records Services Archivist
Margaret Jessup, Digital Resources Archivist
Eric Loehr, Systems Librarian
Chris Loring, Director of Libraries
Nanci Young, College Archivist
Sherrill Redmon, Sophia Smith Collection Director
Martin Antonetti, Curator of Rare Books
Sika Berger, Digital Services Coordinator
Betsy Barone, Reference/Web Specialist