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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.
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.
The Special Collections Reading Room will be open on Sundays, 1-4 p.m. beginning September 30 through December 16, 2018, excluding holiday weekends October 7 and November 25.
Come visit Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Young Library!
As part of the Presidential Colloquium Series, Nancy Weiss Malkiel ’65 will speak on Wednesday, September 26 at 4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room.
A scholar of 20th-century American history, Malkiel is the author of “Keep the Damned Women Out”: The Struggle for Coeducation, a study of the cascade of decisions for coeducation at elite institutions of higher education between 1969 and 1974.
Learn about the concentration and meet the faculty, Wednesday, October 2, at 5 p.m. in the Dewey Common Room. Refreshments will be served.
Throughout the summer we enjoy hearing from the fellowship scholars about what they have discovered during their weeks of research. On August 31, Kate Grauvogel, 2018 Friends of the Smith College Libraries Fellowship recipient presented her dissertation research, "A Gendered History of Pathology: Women, Hormones and Blood Clots, 1784-1969."
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.
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.
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.
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.