Mortimer Rare Book Room Services

Reference Services

Assistance in identifying and using materials held by the Mortimer Rare Book Room is available during Reading Room hours: Monday through Friday from 9 am-12 noon and 12-5 pm. Off-site researchers may submit reference inquiries to or (413) 585-2906. Reference inquiries are answered in the order in which they are received.

Visiting the Mortimer Rare Book Room

The collections of the Mortimer Rare Book Room are available to all. Completion of a brief registration form is required of all users. The Mortimer Rare Book Room is a closed-stack collection. All requested materials are paged by staff for use in the Reading Room. Patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the curators before visiting,, (413) 585-2906.

For more information, see Visiting Special Collections.

Instruction & Lectures

The Mortimer Rare Book Room engages students and faculty in a variety of ways. The curators promote use of rare books and manuscripts by Smith College students, faculty, and other researchers through class lectures and individual consultation. Exhibitions of rare materials are always on view in the Book Arts Gallery and the Morgan Gallery in Neilson Library and frequently in other parts of campus, too.

The department also sponsors four occasional lectures: the Enid Mark Lecture, Mortimer Lecture, and the Salloch Lecture, on various aspects of the history of the book, and the McGrath Lecture on printing and the book arts. The curators offer presentations in many fields to classes visiting from the Five Colleges and beyond, and teach regularly scheduled full-credit and interterm courses based on the collections. The curators also travel to meetings of Smith Clubs across the country.

For more information, see Instruction.

Rights & Reproductions

When possible, the Smith College Archives staff provides photocopies and reproductions of unrestricted materials for research purposes. We reserve the right to refuse any request for reproduction that would violate copyright law, damage the original item(s), or place undue stress on the resources of the College Archives. The SSC and CA do not permit the use of personal scanning devices, however the use of personal digital cameras in the Reading Room to photograph materials is allowed under specified conditions.

For more information, see Rights & Reproductions.


Name Job Title Email Phone Number
Shannon Supple Curator of Rare Books (413) 585-2907
Karen Kukil Associate Curator of Special Collections (413) 585-2908
Barbara Blumenthal Rare Book Specialist (413) 585-2906