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The Sophia Smith Collection, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, shares facilities with the Smith College Archives on level A of Alumnae Gymnasium which is adjacent and connected to Neilson Library. There is an entrance on the ground floor (level C) of Alumnae Gym, at the North end of the building. You can also enter through the main entrance of Neilson Library, which is wheelchair accessible. Take the stairs or elevator down one flight to level A, turn left and follow signs to the south end of the building, and take the glass walkway across to the Alumnae Gym.

By car:

From the South: Northampton is on Route I-91 in Western Massachusetts. Take Exit 18, and follow Route 5 north (Pleasant Street) into the center of town. Turn left at the first traffic light onto Route 9 (Main Street) and go straight through the center of Northampton. Just after the second set of lights, at the edge of the Smith College campus (you'll see the gates and College Hall clock tower on the left), turn left onto West Street to go to the Smith Parking Garage or to Green Street for metered parking.

See below for Parking information.

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Florence Bascom, geologist, and other women on Grand Canyon expedition, 1906. Photograph by Kolb Brothers, Grand Canyon, AZ.

From the North: From I-91 South, take Exit 20, and follow Route 5 south (King Street) into the center of town. At the intersection of Route 5 and Route 9 (Main Street), turn right onto Route 9. Follow the directions above from Route 9 to campus.

From the East or West via the Massachusetts Turnpike: Northampton is on Route I-91 North (Mass Pike exit 4). Once on I-91, follow the directions above for visitors from the south.

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For additional maps and directions, see the Smith College visitor's page.


Visitor parking is available in the campus parking garage located on West Street (Route 66) just past the Forbes Library and Garrison Hall. You will need a one-day Visitor Pass (available from the Sophia Smith Collection or Campus Police) to display in your car. This permit should be displayed on the dash of the vehicle and allows visitors to park in white or blue lined spaces. You may request that we send you up to 3 passes prior to your arrival on campus. If you are planning a stay of more that 3 days, you will have to acquire a long-term temporary pass from the Campus Police located at 126 West Street in the Facilities Management building. There is no charge for visitor passes.

The college provides short-term visitor parking spaces at various locations around the campus. These spaces are clearly marked with blue lines and parking in them is limited to fifteen (15) minutes or two (2) hours between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After 5 p.m. and before 7 a.m., Monday through Friday and on weekends, visitors may park in the white lined spaces in any lot without a parking pass.

Short-term metered parking (1-2 hours) is available on Belmont Avenue, Green and West Streets, and lower Elm Street (Route 9). Unmetered parking can be found along upper Elm Street. The SSC and College Archives are wheelchair accessible; handicapped parking is available in front of Neilson Library and on Green Street. Wheelchair access is through the front entrance to Neilson Library.

See Smith website for more parking information and maps, or contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you have questions.


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