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The Mortimer Rare Book Collection houses the college's rare books and literary manuscripts. Broad in scope, it includes works from all time periods and in subject areas as diverse as ancient history and zoology. Among the highlights of the collections are the papers of Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf.
This is the best place to find information for rare book materials.
Includes finding aids for some manuscript collections.
Rare Books and Manuscripts in Smith College Special Collections
Sylvia Plath Special Collections Resources
Lesbian Pulp Fiction
For information about collection development for the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, please see the Collection Development Strategy.
The book studies concentration connects students with the exceptional resources of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection and the wealth of book artists and craftspeople in Western Massachusetts. Through classroom study, field projects and independent research, students learn about the history, art and technology of the book. The book is broadly defined to extend from oral memory and papyrus scrolls to manuscripts, printed books, and digital media. Read more about the book studies concentration.
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