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News & Highlights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three Book Studies students will give presentations on April 20 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Classroom (Young 201). The presentations are free and open to the Smith community.
Book artist, poet, theorist, teacher, and designer Johanna Drucker will present "Alphabet Histories: From Ancient Sources to Global Infrastructure" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th in the Weinstein Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Wright Hall lobby and Poetry Center at 8 p.m. Drucker is the 2019 Enid Mark Lecture speaker; the lecture features a different speaker every year and is presented by the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, a part of Smith College Libraries' Special Collections.
Amy Goodman, host of the independent global news program Democracy Now!, will speak about activism and democracy at Smith College on Thursday, March 21. The free talk is in honor of activist Frances Crowe’s 100th birthday and will be held in Smith College’s John M. Greene Hall starting at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History is sponsoring the talk; an archive of Frances Crowe’s papers is kept in the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History.