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    “The Letters of Sylvia Plath: Volume II, 1956-1963” Named One of the Top Books of the Decade

    The Sunday Times of London has named The Letters of Sylvia Plath: Volume II, 1956-1963 one of the top books of the decade. The 2018 volume was edited by Plath scholar and biographer Peter K. Steinberg, and Karen Kukil, who is the Associate Curator of Special Collections for the Smith College Libraries. The pair also co-edited The Letters of Sylvia Plath: Volume I, 1940-1956, published in 2017.

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    Inaugural Donation Seeds Madeleine L’Engle Travel Research Fellowship Fund

    Special Collections is pleased to announce that a major donation from T.A. Barron has provided the initial major gift to the Madeleine L’Engle Travel Research Fellowship Fund. The fund is named in honor of renowned young adult fiction author Madeleine L’Engle ‘41.

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    #DiggingTheCollections Contest Starts October 14, 2019!

    All Smith students are invited to compete in the campus-wide #DiggingTheCollections contest starting on Monday, October 14. Submit your most thrilling/interesting/strange/cool finds from the Libraries’ Special Collections for a chance to win cash prizes.

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    New Finding Aid Interface Launches September 3, 2019

    Starting on September 3, the Libraries will have a new interface when searching Special Collections finding aids for archival materials. Any previously bookmarked finding aids will automatically redirect to the new interface starting in late September.

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    Rare Chaucer Editions Join Mortimer Rare Book Collection

    Judith Raymo ’53 is donating a large selection of rare Chaucer materials to the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, Smith College Special Collections. The donation features nearly 500 rare items, including early editions from the 16th century and fine press editions with distinctive illustrations.

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    Meet Alison Baitz, New Special Collections Social Media Content Intern

    Please join us in welcoming Alison Baitz, the new Special Collections Social Media Content Intern. In this position, Alison uses various platforms to continue to increase the visibility of Smith's Special Collections to social media users near and far. Her goal is to use social media as a tool to highlight Smith's incredible and diverse Special Collections holdings while appealing to more potential patrons of said collections — particularly those who might not otherwise be familiar with the Special Collections holdings.

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    Meet Renee Pelletier, New Blackwell Post-Baccalaureate Fellow

    We are excited to have Renee Pelletier come on board as the new Blackwell Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Special Collections, where she will be working with the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History.

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    Historical YWCA Records Are Now Available Through Special Collections

    The YWCA of the USA has been active for over 150 years, and a substantial portion of their extensive records are now digitized and available online for students, researchers, educators, and the general public to access at no charge.

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    New Special Collections Coloring Book Available for Download

    For the first time ever, Special Collections has produced a coloring book using striking botanical images, Japanese Edo period woodblock prints, and engravings from the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, Hathi Trust Digital Library, and archives.org.

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    Archives Concent​ration ​Capstone Seminar Projects

    In the capstone seminar for the Archives Concentration, ARX 340 Taking the Archives Public, students created online, digital exhibits, some featuring archival materials from​ Special Collections. ​Monday, April 29, 4-6 p.m., Green Room (T114), Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

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