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Exhibition: Special Connections in Special Collections: The Love Lives On!


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Published February 24, 2023

Neilson Library, 3rd floor

Archival materials and rare books relating to all aspects of love, romance, and sex are on display, as well as materials featuring self-love, familial and friendly love, animal companionship, and community. Included in the exhibit are love letters, vintage valentines, lesbian pulp books from the 1950s and 1960s, sketches by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, general erotica, erotic lesbian periodicals, love poems by Sylvia Plath ’55 written when she was a Smith student—and more!

Materials on display this year were mostly curated by staff and student assistants led by Special Collections Post-Baccalaureate Fellow Bena Williams ’22.

Smith College Libraries’ Exhibition Program

The Smith College Libraries’ exhibition program supports the sharing, interpretation, and promotion of collections to enrich and educate the Smith College community and the general public.

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