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