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Smith Digital Collections is a gateway to digital collections and online exhibitions unique to Smith College. The collections feature images, audio, video and text from multiple repositories and platforms. These include the Libraries’ Special Collections, the Museum of Art, the Imaging Center, the Botanic Garden and select scholarly collections. Access to some of the Smith Digital Collections is limited to the Smith College community because of copyright and licensing restrictions. See Access & Use for more information.

Special Collections Finding Aids

Finding aids to over 1,000 Smith College Special Collections archival and manuscript collections. Search the names of individuals, organizations or events.

  • To review digitized material available for each collection, click on the "View Digital Material" tab for each finding aid.
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Smith ScholarWorks

Smith College faculty publications and student scholarship including theses and honors projects.

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Selections from Special Collections

Online Exhibits

Online exhibits from the Smith College Libraries including Special Collections.

Drawing of Ball Hall 1990s

Access & Use

Digital collections are available for teaching, learning and research. These collections are not all part of the public domain even though they have been made accessible online. Moreover, even if a collection is in the public domain you should still cite where it came from and/or credit the author.

For those collections under copyright protection, texts and images from the digital collections may not be used for any commercial purpose or beyond the normal “fair use” guidelines without prior permission from Smith College and/or those parties who own the copyright. Where copyright is of concern in any material in question, that right is owned either by Smith College, or by the original creators of the object or their descendants. Therefore, when using any of this material, it is your responsibility, as the user, to secure permissions and adhere to the stated access policy, copyright laws and educational fair-use guidelines.

Please see Smith College Copyright Policies for more information about terms of use.

Please contact the collection of origin for additional information on terms of use and access to physical collections.