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Alumnae Oral Histories

1940-1949

Scroll down within the video playlist below to view the full videos from alumnae who graduated in this decade.

Link to Images & Documents in Omeka Exhibit.

Digital Preservation

What is Digital Preservation?

Digital preservation is the active management of digital content over time. It combines policies, strategies and actions to ensure access to reformatted and born digital content regardless of the challenges of media failure and technological change. The goal of digital preservation is the accurate rendering of authenticated content.  [from American Library Association and Library of Congress]

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Mortimer Rare Book Room History

Rare Books Defined

In the 1980s, curator of rare books Ruth Mortimer created a list of definitions or guidelines for both readers and possible donors to the Rare Book Room. The handout included this caveat: Rare books, by their nature, do not adapt well to definition … The pleasure of collecting rare books lies in assessing the peculiarities of each volume. The current rare book collection contains items ranging in date from approximately 3,000 B.C.

Mortimer Rare Book Room History

Our Smallest Books

The Mortimer Rare Book Room is home to a sizable collection of miniature books, defined as being three inches or less in height. They cover a variety of subjects and styles: English literature, the bible, Latin classics, alphabets, fine bindings. Also represented are the tiniest of volumes, dollhouse miniatures.

Mortimer Rare Book Room History

Our Oldest Objects

In the fall of 1993, the Department of Religion and Biblical Literature transferred 370 Babylonian clay tablets to the Rare Book Room. The tablets were probably excavated in what is now Iraq and were gradually procured for Smith since 1915 by professors Irving F. Wood and Elihu Grant.

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