News & Highlights
An auction of items formerly owned by Madeleine L’Engle ‘41 is set to benefit the Madeleine L’Engle Travel Research Fellowships Fund and two other causes. Many of L’Engle’s unique and historically valuable papers have been made part of Smith College Libraries' Special Collections; the books not needed by Smith were kept by her family and are now up for auction.
The 2021 Enid Mark Lecture features Brooke Sylvia Palmieri on the queerness of printed media.
The coziest winter activity? Slowly and methodically completing a puzzle — no contest.
Smith College Special Collections is thrilled to release a trio of brand new virtual puzzles for all to enjoy. Each repository within Special Collections is represented: women’s history from the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College history from the Smith College Archives, and a stunning example of just how beautiful books can be, via the Mortimer Rare Book Collection.
Every year, Charleston, England partners with the USA’s Charleston, South Carolina to produce the Charleston to Charleston (C2C) Literary Festival. The festival hosts notable international authors, American artists, and historians. The most recent festival lineup in November 2019 included Karen Kukil, Smith Libraries’ Associate Curator of Special Collections.
We are pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Smith College an additional grant to support academic art museum, botanic garden, and library collaborations. The new grant follows a planning grant awarded in 2017 and provides $380,000 in funding. Upon completion, the grant will leave Smith with a sustainable digital infrastructure shared by the museum, libraries, and gardens. The College will have a campus-based model of stewardship, newly linked data and collections, and entirely new cross-collection public access to the materials in an unprecedented way to the benefit of the campus community and the wider public.
See and touch the sweetest, spiciest items in our archives and rare book collections. Afterward, taste and enjoy mocktails and cookies!
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.
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.
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.
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.