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Special Collections: News & Highlights

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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 22, 2019

    Come and learn more about the Archives Concentration, Tuesday, October 22, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 204. Applications are due October 24.

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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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    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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    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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    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: 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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