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Smith History Materials

Use the tools below to find materials on a wide range of subjects beginning in 1861 to the present. Not all finding aids in the College Archives are available online. Please feel free to contact the College Archives staff for help!


Resource   Description
Five College Archives & Manuscript Collections Over 1000 finding aids to archival and manuscript collections in the Five Colleges. Provides in-depth information about a collection and a box listing of the materials.
Five College Archives Digital Access Project Provides digital images of early and important material relating to the history of Smith College.
"A Perennial Blessing" : Celebrating Sophia Smith Exhibition providing detailed information on the founding and early history of Smith College.
Five College Library Catalog Search by SUBJECT or KEYWORD. Archival records are brief, but many include links to more detailed finding aids. 
Use Advanced search to limit format to "Archives & Manuscripts" and location to "SC Special Collections."
Research Guides Guides for various topics are available both online and in paper versions at the Smith College Archives Reading Room
Selected College Publications 
(Internet Archives)
PDFs of Smith College Monthly 1893-1930, Smith Alumnae Quarterly 1909-1934, Classbooks/Yearbooks 1897-1933, and the Smith College Catalogue 1872+.
Smith History Links Smith College History and Traditions from the Office of College Relations.
Alumnae Oral History Project Videotaped interviews with alumnae returning for Reunion week recalling memories of their years at Smith.
Digital Collections (College Archives) College Archives documents, images, oral histories, exhibitions, publications, and more.
Archive-It Web Archiving Service Archived web content for Smith College including the Libraries and Sophia Smith Collection.

In-House databases are available at the Smith College Archives for the following sets of information. Please contact Special Collections for more information: Staff & Contacts

  • Smith Alumnae Quarterly memorials—for alumnae and faculty members.
  • Alumnae Biographical Files, Classes 1879-present
  • Faculty Biographical Files A-Z
  • College Archives Photographs (limited)
  • Audiovisual Collection (limited)