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Special Collections: News & Highlights

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    Special Collections Open House and Events, May 20 & 27

    Saturday, May 20 and May 27: Meet curators and archivists and see some of Smith's fabulous rare books and world-renowned women's history collections. See the model of the New Neilson Library, Neilson Library, level 1 core.

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    New Sylvia Plath Letters Donated to Smith

    Plath’s friend, Ruth Geissler, donated the letters to Smith’s Sylvia Plath collection in December 2015 including 12 pieces of correspondence from poet and novelist Sylvia Plath ’55 to Marion Freeman—the mother of a childhood friend of Plath’s from Winthrop, Mass.

    Karen Kukil, associate curator for special collections at Smith, says the letters reveal a seldom-seen side of The Bell Jar author Plath, who committed suicide at age 30.

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    Exhibition: Selected Works by Robin Price -- September-December 2016

    The artist, designer, and printer will present the annual McGrath Lecture in Book Arts on Thursday, October 20, 2016. An accompanying exhibition of her works are on view in the Mortimer Rare Book Room through December 20, 2016.

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    Exhibition: The Lure of Italy, September-December 2016

    Fifty books which celebrate travel to Italy from the 18th through the 20th century are on display in Neilson Library at Smith College through December 20. They are part of a remarkable collection of nearly 600 books on Italian travel which Werner L. Gundersheimer, director emeritus of the Folger Shakespeare Library, donated to the Mortimer Rare Book Room in 2014.

    A lecture is scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2016.

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    Exhibition: Marion Dodd and The Hampshire Bookshop, May-August 2016

    This modest exhibition of books and images—from Smith College Special Collections—marks the centennial of the founding of The Hampshire Bookshop in Northampton, MA in 1916..

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    Exhibition: Eleanor Wilner: Finely Printed, March-July 2016

    Exhibition: Curated by Jessica Ryan, Ada Class of 2017 accompanying the 2016 Enid Mark Lecture in Contemporary Book Arts & Poetry. On view March-July 2016. 

    Lecture: Book Artist as Muse: The Story of a Collaboration, Thursday, April 7, 2016

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    Exhibition: Angela Lorenz: Collecting to Create, March-July 2016

    An exhibition on the artist as collector, Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library, level 3, through July 31, 2016. 

    Visual artist Angela Lorenz uses found objects, interesting trash, vintage ephemera, and strange “stuff” she has stumbled upon over the years as the raw material and inspiration for some of her artists books and projects.

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    Exhibition: Getting Physical: the Significance of Making Books by Hand, October-December 2015

    "The Artistry of Daniel E. Kelm," the accompanying exhibition to the annual McGrath Lecture in Contemporary Book Arts in on view in the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

    The annual McGrath Lecture is Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

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    Exhibition: Marion Dodd and The Hampshire Bookshop, September 2015-February 2016

    This exhibition of books and images—from Smith College Special Collections—marks the centennial of the founding of The Hampshire Bookshop in Northampton, MA in 1916.

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    Exhibition: Summer Ices, July-August 2015

    Summer Ices: Images to cool you off during the summer of 2015, Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library Level 3, July 1-August 15, 2015

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