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The Rosenthal fund

The Rebecca Samay Rosenthal '07 Fund supports student internships and capstone research in the Archives and Book Studies concentrations.

During her undergraduate years, Rebecca, known as Becca, was a student assistant in the Mortimer Rare Book Room, where she processed the correspondence in the Sylvia Plath Collection under the direction of Karen Kukil, associate curator of special collections.

After graduation, Becca tried her hand at music promotion and banking before returning to her first passion—archival work. She was in the process of earning her graduate degree from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science before her untimely death in October 2012, at the age of 27.

Friends and family established this memorial fund in 2014 in the hopes that each recipient will honor Becca's multitalented gifts and extraordinary appreciation of special collections, becoming devoted archivists and librarians in her stead. 

How to Apply

To apply for the Rosenthal Fund, please download and fill out the application below.

For more information, please contact Beth Myers, director of special collections, at emyers@smith.edu.


Recent recipients of the Rosenthal Fund:

Tanya Pearson ‘16: Women in Rock Oral History Project, awarded funds for capstone research

Sarah Orsak ‘16, Archiving Gretchen Phillips, awarded funds for an internship

Jenny Park, '18, Women's Suffrage Movement Tactics, awarded funds for capstone research