Staff Picks from the Mortimer Rare Book Room

An exhibition of Library staff and student favorites is on display through March 23 in the Book Arts Gallery, 3rd floor, Neilson Library.

Woodcut by Lynd Ward from his graphic novel Wild Pilgrimage, published in New York in 1932.


February 5 - March 23, 2008
Book Arts Gallery
(Neilson Library, 3rd floor) - hours


This exhibition features a wide range of books and artifacts hand-selected by members of the library staff and by students in Martin Antonetti’s fall-semester class, Art and History of the Book. Zoe Mindell ’08, a student assistant in the Mortimer Rare Book Room, came up with the idea for the exhibition while talking to some friends about her work. She realized many students at Smith remain unacquainted with the collection, a treasure-trove of first editions, manuscripts, and unique objects, dating from medieval Europe to modern America. This exhibition showcases some of these treasures, including a selection of artists books, a 14th-century manuscript, a typed letter signed by Albert Einstein, and a hand-printed edition of Virginia Woolf’s Kew Gardens. Mindell hopes the exhibition will give students an idea of the impressive holdings she has been privileged to work with every day.



Mortimer Rare Book Room,
Neilson Library
(413) 585-2906