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For the first time ever, Special Collections has produced a coloring book using striking botanical images, Japanese Edo period woodblock prints, and engravings from the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, Hathi Trust Digital Library, and archives.org.
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. Monday, April 29, 4-6 p.m., Green Room (T114), Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.
Three Book Studies students will give presentations on April 20 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Classroom (Young 201). The presentations are free and open to the Smith community.
Book artist, poet, theorist, teacher, and designer Johanna Drucker will present "Alphabet Histories: From Ancient Sources to Global Infrastructure" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th in the Weinstein Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Wright Hall lobby and Poetry Center at 8 p.m. Drucker is the 2019 Enid Mark Lecture speaker; the lecture features a different speaker every year and is presented by the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, a part of Smith College Libraries' Special Collections.
Amy Goodman, host of the independent global news program Democracy Now!, will speak about activism and democracy at Smith College on Thursday, March 21. The free talk is in honor of activist Frances Crowe’s 100th birthday and will be held in Smith College’s John M. Greene Hall starting at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History is sponsoring the talk; an archive of Frances Crowe’s papers is kept in the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History.
Sophia Smith Collection Archivist Maureen Callahan recently spoke on Connecticut Public Radio’s Where We Live program about the history of women’s magazines and publications.
Over the next three years, the Access to Collections project team has set an ambitious goal: to provide open access to all collections and rare books through publishing finding aids, improved and new catalog records, building new technical infrastructure, processing collections, digitizing at-risk and hard-to-use materials, and publishing digital files.
The Letters of Sylvia Plath Vol. 2: 1956-1963 was published in London on September 6, 2018 by Faber & Faber and is now available in the United States on Amazon.com.
Karen Kukil, Associate Curator of Special Collections at Smith College, is co-editor of both Volume 1 (1940-1956) and Volume 2 (1956-1963) of Plath’s Letters, along with Plath scholar and biographer Peter K. Steinberg.
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.