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Special Collections: News & Highlights

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    Special Collections Launches "Access to Collections" Project

    Just over a year ago, Smith College Special Collections hired Christie Peterson, its first Head of Technical Services for Special Collections, who has spent the past 12 months planning and hiring a team to undertake an unprecedented project called Access to Collections.

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    Actor/Activist Jane Fonda Donates Papers to Smith

    A remarkable collection of letters, documents, movies and other material documenting the life of acclaimed actor and activist Jane Fonda is now open for research through Smith College’s Sophia Smith Collection. 

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    100 Years Empowering Change: An Online History of the Smith College School for Social Work

    As it prepares for centennial celebrations on Friday, June 29, the Smith School for Social Work has unveiled a new website exploring its distinguished history as the nation's first social work school. Archival photos, profiles and oral histories highlight the SSW's 100 years of empowering change.

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    Archives Concent​ration ​Capstone Seminar Projects 2018

    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. ​The exhibitions focus on topics such as single-sex​ “romantic friendships” at Smith College, black women's erotic history, women's activism during the AIDS epidemic, and methods of self-care and support in trans and gender non-conforming communities, among others.

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    Poetry Reading by Diane Ackerman, Thursday, April 19, 2018

    The poet, essayist, and naturalist will deliver the fifth annual Enid Mark Lecture on Poetry & Contemporary Book Arts, 5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.

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    Class Matters: Organizing for Economic Justice Timeline, January 2018

    This timeline first came out of a week-long course led by Special Collections Accessioning Archivist Kathleen Banks Nutter in January 2017 and was added to by students who took the class in January 2018.

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    Northampton Book & Book Arts Fair, November 30-December 1, 2018

    The region’s leading used & antiquarian booksellers and fine letterpress printers, book binders, paper makers, and artist book makers will be showcased at the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair on Friday, November 30, 2018, 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Smith College Campus Center. There will be a Special Collections round-table discussion Friday at 4 p.m., Graham Hall Auditorium, Brown Fine Arts Center, followed by an opening reception at the Campus Center atrium.

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    Presentation of the Archives Concentration, October 17, 2018

    Come and learn more about the Archives Concentration, Wednesday, October 17, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 101. Applications are due October 26.

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    Special Collections Reopens September 5, 2017

    The Smith College Special Collections is opening its doors on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in its new home, Young Library. The staff of the Special Collections, our Reading Room, and our new classroom are now all located on the second floor of Young Library.

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    Compass is Here! Explore Unique Digital Collections

    We are pleased to announce the launch of Five College Compass: Digital Collections a site bringing together digital scholarship with cultural and historical materials contributed by Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges.  

    The site is a collaborative implementation of the Islandora/Fedora open source framework and represents an ongoing commitment between the institutions to showcase and preserve our unique digital materials. With over three thousand individual items currently available and thousands more to be added, Compass will grow, providing access to the depth and breadth of digital output from our archives, special collections, and digital scholarship.

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