The Smith College Special Collections houses the college's various rare book, manuscript, and archival collections.
Special Collections materials will be unavailable from June - August as they are moving to Neilson Library. Special Collections Services will also be affected. See Renovation Transition for more details. The reading room is closed. For more information on current library services:
COVID-19 Library Services
Records describing the archives and manuscripts found at Smith College.
Search the library catalog for rare books, college publications, and other archival material.
Smith College online collections including Special Collections and more.
Useful as a starting point in doing research in Smith College Special Collections.
Mission & vision statements, visiting Special Collections, staff & contacts, information for donors, frequently asked questions and more…
Research consultations, instruction, rights and reproductions, records management, grants for researchers, and more...
Smith College Special Collections is open to the public. See information for visitors.
Explore the many narratives of Smith College, with an emphasis on its vibrant undergraduate life.
Mortimer Rare Book Collection
View printed books and manuscripts, and study the original papers and drafts of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath.
Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History
Access diverse stories of people who have advocated for women and other gender minorities.
New collections, recent scholarship, student projects, grant-funded projects, and more...
View an online exhibit of the history of the Smith College School for Social Work, featuring images, texts, oral histories, and videos.
Access and services during construction of the New Neilson Library.
Online and digital exhibits featuring images and materials from Smith College Special Collections.
Follow the progress of the grant project to digitize microfilm, photographs and serials.
Support Special Collections through a financial contribution or the donation of materials and collections.
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton, MA 01063
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