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About Smith Digital Collections


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.

The Libraries' licensed research databases can be found on our Research Tools page.

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.

Technical Note

The Smith Digital Collections gateway is created in Drupal 7, the platform currently used for the Smith College Libraries website. The collections are published on various platforms and tools, both proprietary and open source. These include: ARTstor, OMEKA and websites.


The Smith Digital Collections gateway was produced by the Smith College Libraries Web Coordination Team:

  • Elisa Lanzi, Director of Digital Strategies and Services (chair)
  • Sika Berger, User Experience Librarian
  • Margy Jessup, Digital Preservation Archivist
  • Barbara Polowy, Head of Hillyer Art Library
  • Rose Reynolds, Electronic Resources Librarian
  • Elizabeth Sheirer, Reference/Web Specialist