Exhibition by Seniors in the Book Studies Concentration

'Cultivating the nobler part of her nature': Books for Women and Girls in Early America is on view in Neilson Library Level 3, through May 28.

Cover of My Lady Laughter by Dwight Tilton (Boston, 1904)

Exhibtion: February 28 - May 28, 2013
Libraries' hours Exhibition
Mortimer Rare Book Room foyer
Thurs., Feb. 28
4-6 pm
Reception
Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library, Level 3

Four seniors in the Book Studies Concentration (the first students who will graduate with this distinction on their transcripts) have curated and installed a delightful exhibition outside of the rare book room. 'Cultivating the nobler part of her nature': Books for Women and Girls in Early America is the result of their Book Studies Capstone Seminar in fall 2012. The exhibition showcases the sorts of books read by the fairer sex: cookbooks, books on bicycling (proper for women? what to wear?), biographies of women, health and beauty tips, travel accounts, and more. All of these items are from the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College.

This exhibition supplements A Place of Reading: Three Centuries of Reading in America, a display of books, prints, watercolors, and lithographs on loan from the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA. 

Portrait of the author from Sarah E. E. Edmonds, Nurse and Spy in the Union Army

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of the author from Sarah E. E. Edmonds, Nurse and Spy in the Union Army (Hartford: W.S. Williams & Co., 1865)

 

Contact

Barbara Blumenthal
Mortimer Rare Book Room
mrbr@smith.edu
(413) 586-2906