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Leslie Fields

Head of Special Collections Public Services


Neilson 206A

Through her work as Head of Special Collections Public Services, Leslie supports all researchers in making connections with the past that unlock meaning today. Leslie leads a team, and collaborates with other staff, to provide a wide variety of public-facing Special Collections activities, including reference, in-person Reading Room visits, outreach, events, exhibitions and instruction. She is especially dedicated to collaborating with and mentoring undergraduate students. Prior to joining the Smith College Libraries, Leslie was Head of Archives and Special Collections at Mount Holyoke College. She began her career at The Morgan Library & Museum as a curator in the Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts.


Managers Team, Exhibition Team

Research Interests

Removing barriers to discovery and access in special collections public services; curating library exhibitions; exploring how mission-driven organizations can matter more to more people.

Professional Affiliations

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS); Society of American Archivists (SAA)



B.A., Smith College
M.A., History, Archival Management, and Historical Editing, New York University

Subject Specialties

Archives and special collections
History of women in higher education