Special Collections Research & Collections
You can find Special Collections materials using our Finding Aids (collection guides) and Discover Advanced Search (libraries catalog).
If you are new to our archival collections, the best place for you to start is with our finding aids (collection guides), as that is the same resource staff have access to for collection information.
To search a specific collection, use the navigation bar to the right of the page (or at the bottom, depending on your screen size).
Make sure to read the Scope and Content notes as well as the Biographical/Historical note on the main page to get a sense of the materials and subjects covered in the collection.
For books and manuscripts:
We are always in the process of expanding our research guides, which provide overviews of particular subjects and the related collections represented in Smith College Special Collections. Please note, these guides are not comprehensive and presently reflect most-sought after collections, but serve as a starting point for your research.
Smith College Archives Biographical Research Resources
Oral Histories Special Collections Resources
Sylvia Plath Special Collections Resources
Gloria Steinem Special Collections Resources
Ms. Magazine Special Collections Resources
YWCA of the U.S.A.
Planned Parenthood Special Collections Resources
Lesbian Pulp Fiction
World War I Special Collections Resources
World War II Special Collections Resources