Special Collections

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The Smith College Special Collections houses the college's various rare book, manuscript, and archival collections.

 Important Information About Special Collections During COVID-19

  • Special Collections materials will be unavailable from June through August 2021 during the move into Neilson Library. Special Collections services will be affected beginning in May. See renovation transition for more details. 
  • The Special Collections reading room is closed. Special Collections staff are working remotely and in-person services are closed. All other services will be limited and delayed. Smith course support is our primary responsibility at this time.
  • Minimal reference services will be managed remotely by staff. Reference inquiries that require materials investigation will be held in order of when they were received and responded to once the campus is opened.
  • Please submit all questions and requests to specialcollections@smith.edu.

Discover Our Collections

Materials in Special Collections

Records describing the archives and manuscripts found at Smith College.

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Search the library catalog for rare books, college publications, and other archival material.

Pamphlets from the YWCA

Smith College online collections including Special Collections and more.

Materials in the Smith College Special Collections

Useful as a starting point in doing research in Smith College Special Collections.


Special Collections

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-2970
Email: specialcollections@smith.edu

Director of Special Collections: 
Elizabeth Myers

Staff & Contacts

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