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Women Reading in America

This exhibition supplements A Place of Reading, a loan exhibition from the American Antiquarian Society on view in Neilson Library in the Spring of 2013. The exhibition was curated by students as part of the Smith Book Studies Concentration Capstone Seminar in the Fall of 2012 with Martin Antonetti, Lecturer in Art and Curator of Rare Books.

Cover of Her College Days by Mrs. Clarke Johnson, 1896

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Girl Zines in the Sophia Smith Collection

This exhibit highlights a few of the hundreds of Zines (9 linear feet) housed in the Sophia Smith Collection.  Zines are self-published small magazines.  The Girl Zines  in our collection were created primarily by young women and girls, created circa 1980s to the present.  The numerous topics include politics, "third wave" feminism, fat liberation, sexuality, relationships, art, music, and much more.

The collection is comprised primarily of individual issues, mostly dating from the 1990s, some of which were used in the book, A Girl's Guide to Taking Over the World, edited by Karen Green & Tristan Taormino (NY: St. Martin's, 1997).

This exhibit provides just a taste of the riches to be found in the physical collection.  For the complete list of our zine titles, view the finding aid for the Girl Zines Collection.

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Revealing the Obscure in American Journalism: Pauline Frederick and the German Problem

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Pauline Frederick (1908-1990)

The Sophia Smith Collection holds the papers of a number of noted WWII correspondents, including Helen Paull Kirkpatrick, Dudley Harmon, and Pauline Frederick.  Frederick's Papers, rich in their holdings, offer a unique and intriguing look into the cultural climate of post-war Germany. 

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Three Christmas Drawings

Jere Abbott, the Director of the Smith College Art Museum from 1932 to 1946, self-published this Christmas volume of three drawings in 1936. The Smith College Archives is happily making it available online as our Christmas gift to you!

Once you enter the exhibit pages, click on any of the images for additional information about this beautiful monograph.


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History of the Black Students Alliance at Smith College


The legacy of the Black Students Alliance at Smith College begins in 1898 when the first African American student, Otelia Cromwell, matriculated. Seventy years later the Black Students Alliance (BSA) was officially chartered to "establish for its members a sense of unity and identity within the smaller community of Smith College while at the same time emphasizing their common interest in, and relationship to, the larger black community of the nation." Learn more about the BSA's history through this exhibition.



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"A Warm Place in My Heart": Mary Josephine Rogers and Smith College

Mary Josephine Rogers (1882-1955) graduated from Smith College in 1905. "Strangely enough," she later wrote, "God used Smith College as the instrument through which my vocation to foreign mission work materialized and naturally it has a warm place in my heart." Rogers went on to found the Maryknoll Sisters, a group of Catholic Sisters dedicated to missionary work overseas. She received an honorary degree from the College in 1950. This exhibition documents her life as a Smith College student and the development of her interest in Catholic missions.


Smith College Class of 1905, sophomore year group photograph, 1902

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Growing Branches: A History of Smith College's Specialty Libraries


Joining Neilson Library in its centennial celebration, the branch libraries are hosting their own historical exhibitions. Each of Smith College’s branch libraries has its own unique history and place within the scholarly community. The exhibitions give some background of the events and people behind their founding, and the physical spaces they have occupied over the years.



The Heart of Our Place of Learning: William Allan Neilson Library, 1909 - 2009

“A library is the heart of a place of learning.”  
~ Margaret Storrs Grierson, Smith class of 1922, Executive Secretary of the Friends of the Smith College Library, College Archivist, and first Director of the Sophia Smith Collection

Neilson Library opened for research and discovery on November 22, 1909. To celebrate the Library’s centennial and document the history of Smith's first library building, the College Archives presents this exhibition.

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