Mortimer Rare Book Room Exhibitions

Exhibitions in the Library

Exhibitions of manuscripts, rare books, and contemporary book arts are shown in three places in Neilson Library: in the Morgan Gallery on the main floor, in the Book Arts Gallery on the third floor, and in the Mortimer Rare Book Room vestibule.

Spring 2014


"Beyond the Baby-sitters Club: The Other Books of Ann M. Martin" - March 24 - May 27, 2014
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, level 3

Did you grow up reading the Baby-sitters Club books? Did you know they were written by Smith alumna Ann Martin, class of 1977? In May 2013, Ms. Martin donated her archive of literary papers to the Mortimer Rare Book Room, and Su Meck, AC class of 2014, worked last fall to organize the papers and create a detailed inventory list. She had become a devoted Ann Martin fan years ago when she read the books with her children. The Ann M. Martin Papers project was Su’s senior capstone project for the Book Studies Concentration. Su has selected a very small and tantalizing sample of those materials for exhibition, focusing on books by Ann Martin other than the Baby-sitters Club series.

Main Street illustration Ann M. Martin

"The Language of Love"
February 1 - 28, 2014
Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library, level 1

For the month of February, the Mortimer Rare Book Room staff has chosen to display some valentines. They are part of a group donated to the library in the 1960s by Marjorie B. Menden, class of 1930. Mrs. Menden collected early children’s books (hundreds of which are now at Smith), advertising trade cards (nearly a thousand are available for use here), and a more modest number of 19th-century valentines. Some are commercially printed, while others were created by the sender, whose original drawing and verse adorn the card they gave to their beloved.

Valentines' card from MRBR collection

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