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All Smith students are invited to compete in the campus-wide #DiggingTheCollections contest starting on Monday, October 14. Submit your most thrilling/interesting/strange/cool finds from the Libraries’ Special Collections for a chance to win cash prizes.
Pick an object, collection, set of papers, book, image, or other items that you find interesting in the Special Collections repositories (the Cllege Archives, the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, and the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History). Research the item or area of your choosing, and submit a reviewable product about your findings to Special Collections. Consider (and describe) why this item or collection is cool and of interest. What is the historical relevance of your findings? Why should someone care about this topic? Examples of submissions include:
Projects can be submitted over email at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Special Collections Reading Room desk between 10-5 on weekdays. Projects should be labeled with name and contact information.
Note: not all submissions will be entered in the final contest; entries will be screened for appropriateness and historical accuracy.
Submissions will be reviewed by collections stewards for accuracy and appropriateness, and then posted to all Special Collections social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) on November 4, 2019, to be voted on by followers. On November 8, the three submissions with the most “likes” combined across all social media platforms will be crowned winners and awarded $250 each for their creativity and hard work.
If you are a winner, you will be notified via email.
#DiggingTheCollections is funded by a donation from Smith College Class of ‘68.