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News & Highlights
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.
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.