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Miriam Cady

Public Services Archivist


Neilson Library 306

In her position, Miriam manages the Special Collections reading room, provides reference support to researchers in the reading room, directs the undergraduate student assistant program, and provides support for the Special Collections instruction program.

Miriam began her professional life in museums, working in a number of museums across the country before pivoting to work in Special Collections. Prior to joining Smith, she was the Instruction and Public Services Archivist at WVU and the Reference Archivist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Outside of work, Miriam enjoys spending time with her dog, watching most Bravo shows, and cross stitching.

Research Interests

Country house tourism, architectural history, access and inclusion in special collections

Publications & Presentations

Cady, Miriam. “Developing Archival Instruction for Undergraduate Writers.” Presentation at the Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference, March 18, 2022.

Professional Affiliations

Society of American Archivists, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), Abolition in Special Collections working group

Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


M.L.I.S., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Art History, University of Leicester
M.A., Material Culture Studies, University of Sheffield
B.A., Art History, Smith College (2004)