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College Archives

portrait of Sophia Smith"A Perennial Blessing": Celebrating Sophia Smith

An online exhibition documents what is known about Sophia Smith -- her life, her times and her continuing legacy -- based on contemporary sources and original materials in the archival collections at Smith College. Adapted from an exhibit prepared by College Archivist Margery Sly and Jacque Bradley '97 on view in the Smith College Archives from January to August 1996.


Front page of The SophianCoeducation at Smith College, 1967-1994

Twenty-three articles selected from the Smith College Alumnae Quarterly and The Sophian (student newspaper) on the issue of coeducation at Smith from 1967-1994.


Image of students skiing from the College ArchivesCollege Archives Image Gallery

This gallery designed to provide a visual orientation to the major research strengths of the College Archives including: administration, academic life, student life outside the classroom, landscape and architecture and women’s war work.


Students in costume from the College ArchivesCollege Women

 A searchable collection of diaries, letters, scrapbooks and photographs from the archives of a select group of the earliest women’s colleges in the United States, the Seven Sisters. These materials document more than one hundred years of educational experience beginning in the mid-19th-century.


Loretta RossLoretta Ross: Activist-in-Residence Workshops

Loretta Ross is a grassroots organizer, and leader of national and international movements for racial and economic justice and women's rights. Three workshops given by the Activist-in-Residence, February 2013.


Postcard of Paradise Pond from the College ArchivesPostcard Collection [ca.1900-1995]

A selection of over 800 unique postcards depicting Smith College campus buildings, interiors and events as well as views of the greater Northampton area, ca.1900-1995.


Photo of Senda Berenson from the College ArchivesSenda Berenson Papers

Senda Berenson Abbott (1868-1954), was Director of the Gymnasium and Instructor of Physical Culture at Smith College, organized the first women's college basketball game. Berenson also instituted an effective program of Swedish gymnastics and organized athletic contests, to build character in her female students.


Detail of Smith College founding documentSmith College Key Founding Documents

Includes: founding documents; Sophia Smith's Wills; Articles of Incorporation; journal of Sophia Smith; John M. Greene Papers (1856-1958). Part of Five College Archives Digital Access Project.


Stained glass window Smith CollegeSmith College Opening and Early History

Includes Inauguration of President L. Clark Seelye, 1875; College Seal and Colors; Newspaper articles, 1872-1875; Writings about Smith College, 1873-1922; Smith College Annual Circulars, 1872-1909; William Allan Neilson. "Smith College: The First Seventy Years."; Office of the President. Annual Reports, 1875-1910; Laurenus Clark Seelye Papers. Part of Five College Archives Digital Access Project.