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Resources in American Studies at Smith College

This page of resources comes from the Smith libraries Web site. It provides links to Web resources and databases accessible from the Smith campus.

Sophia Smith Collection

The Sophia Smith Collection, located in Alumnae Gym, is a nationally recognized archive of primary documents pertaining to women's history. Subject strengths include birth control, women's rights, suffrage, the contemporary women's movement, and middle-lclass family life in 19th- and 20th-century New England. The collection features both audio and visual documents.

College Archives

The College Archives documents the history of Smith College. Located in the Alumnae Gym along with the Sophia Smith Collection, the archive features students' letters, diaries, course notes, photographs, and memorabilia along with more official records from the college's past.

Mortimer Rare Book Room

Located on the third floor of Neilson Library, the Mortimer Rare Book Room (MRBR) contains medieval manuscripts and printed books from the 15th century to the present in all subject areas. In particular, the collection is rich in original editions of 19th- and 20th-century American literature and history, especially children's literature, early educational materials, etiquette and advice for women, popular novels, and travel writing by women. The Mortimer Rare Book Room also houses a small collection of literary manuscripts by women writers, notably Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. A complete catalogue for these materials is located in the MRBR itself.

Smith College Art Museum

The art museum features collections of major American and European art from BCE 2500 to the present. The internationally renowned permanent collection is supplemented by a variety of visiting exhibits and lectures and programs sponsored by the museum.

Resources in the Pioneer Valley

Historic Northampton

Historic Northampton's collection of more than 500,000 objects and three historical buildings documents the history of Northampton and the Connecticut Valley from Pre-Columbian years to the present.

Porter-Phelps Huntington House

Six generations of the same family lived in this 18th-century Hadley homestead, which features family documents and artifacts. Open seasonally. There is an admission fee.

Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield is a museum of New England history and art featuring a collection of 18th- and 19th-century houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, filled with some of the great decorative arts treasures of early America.