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College Archives Research Guides

Materials in Special Collections

These lists of resources on the right can be useful as starting points when conducting research in the College Archives. The lists are not comprehensive and do not reflect all relevant holdings.

For more complete information on materials held by Special Collections, please search:

Research Guides

Primary Sources
A guide to finding primary sources both online and housed in archival collections at Smith and the Five Colleges.

Women’s History Resources 
A guide with links to general Women’s History resources.

Print Subject Guides

In additon to the research guides listed on the right, the following subject guides are available in the Sophia Smith Collection Reading Room and will eventually be added to this page. In the meantime, you can contact Special Collections for copies.

The Age of Reform, 1892-1940
Courtship Letters
International Work
Military and war service
Missionary Work
Physical Education and Sport
Plants and Landscaping
U.S. Social History, 1810-1890
Women Companions and Female Friendship
Athletics and sport
World War I