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Special Collections: News & Highlights

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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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    Book Studies Celebrating Collaborations Presentations April 20, 2019

    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.

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    Johanna Drucker to Give 2019 Enid Mark Lecture on Alphabet Histories, April 18, 2019

    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.

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    Amy Goodman to Give Activism Talk in Honor of Frances Crowe, March 21, 2019

    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.

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    Maureen Callahan Talks History of Women's Magazines on Connecticut Public Radio, January 11, 2019

    Sophia Smith Collection Archivist Maureen Callahan recently spoke on Connecticut Public Radio’s Where We Live program about the history of women’s magazines and publications.

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    Transforming Special Collections at Smith

    Over the next three years, the Access to Collections project team has set an ambitious goal: to provide open access to all collections and rare books through publishing finding aids, improved and new catalog records, building new technical infrastructure, processing collections, digitizing at-risk and hard-to-use materials, and publishing digital files.

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    Volume 2 of "The Letters of Sylvia Plath" Published November 6, 2018

    The Letters of Sylvia Plath Vol. 2: 1956-1963 was published in London on September 6, 2018 by Faber & Faber and is now available in the United States on Amazon.com.

    Karen Kukil, Associate Curator of Special Collections at Smith College, is co-editor of both Volume 1 (1940-1956) and Volume 2 (1956-1963) of Plath’s Letters, along with Plath scholar and biographer Peter K. Steinberg.

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    Smith College Special Collections Research Fellowships for 2019-2020

    Special Collections at Smith College offer four extended-term fellowships: the Margaret Storrs Grierson Fellowship, the Friends of the Smith College Libraries Fellowship, the Ruth Mortimer Fellowship and the Carel B. Germain Fellowship. Successful applicants will receive awards of $2,500, intended to support research visits of a minimum of four weeks. Recipients are expected to present an informal work-in-progress colloquium to the Smith College community during their residency. Special Collections also offers Madeleine L’Engle Travel Research Fellowships, short term grants of up to $1,000 each. These fellowship are intended to help offset the travel expenses of researchers engaged in studies that will benefit from access to, including initial survey and exploration of, the holdings of Smith College Special Collections. Application deadline is February 15, 2019. Awards will be announced April 1, 2019.

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    Lecture: Conceptional Sensations - From Germany to Japan and Back Again, October 31, 2018

    Veronika Schäpers delivers the annual McGrath Lecture in Contemporary Book Arts, Wednesday, October 31 at 4:30 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Hall. Veronika Schäpers is a German book artist who lived in Japan for 15 years. The Japanese culture and aesthetics have fascinated and influenced her ever since, leaving marks in almost all of her projects. In her talk she will explain her conceptual way of making artist books and also show a selection of her books that are part of Smith’s Mortimer Rare Book Collection.

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