Amanda Ferrara

Manuscripts Processor

Amanda Ferrara

Contact & Office Hours

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

126 West Street, 123C


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M.L.S., Archives and Records Management specialization, Indiana University

B.A., History - African, African-American, and Caribbean Diaspora Studies specialization; Archives concentration, Smith College

Amanda Ferrara currently works as a Manuscripts Processor in Smith College’s Special Collections. Her day to day activities include organizing the papers of donors of women’s history, including activist, psychiatrist, and documentary filmmaker Dee Mosbacher; and actor, activist, and philanthropist, Jane Fonda. In her processing, Amanda works with manuscripts and audio-visual materials, and creates finding aids to help patrons find the documents and collections they are most interested in.

Amanda is a native of Western Massachusetts, and returned to the area after attending graduate school. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hiking Mt. Tom, practicing yoga, and eating at the various restaurants in Northampton. She is interested in increasing the diversity of, and outreach to, people of color in academic archives. You can ask Amanda questions relating to Special Collections when she’s on the reference desk in the Alumnae Gym.


Libraries Public Services Transition Working Group, Special Collections Signage Working Group


Ferrara, Amanda. “A Sense of Ourselves: FIlming Black Authors and the Burnham Ware Collection," Black Film Center/Archive (blog), July 16, 2015,

Ferrara, Amanda. “From Smith to Indiana: Continuing My Journey with Sylvia Plath,” Sylvia Plath Info (blog), May 8, 2015,

Ferrara, Amanda. “Risks and Rewards,” Blogging Hoosier History (blog), June 1, 2015,

Professional Affiliations

Society of American Archivists, Association of Moving Image Archivists