Special Collections Instruction

Class in the Mortimer Rare Book Room

The robust primary sources in Special Collections are fully integrated into the teaching and educational mission of Smith College. More than two hundred classes in more than twenty disciplines are hosted every year, across disciplines and divisions, from classes within and outside of the five-college community.

Collaborating with us can take many forms, from object-centered lectures to group discussion based upon students’  firsthand examination of documents. Course assignments using Special Collections may include everything from research papers and publications to translations, creative performances, and interactive websites. We look forward to exploring the possibilities with you and can customize instruction to your course topic.

Expert curators and archivists on staff teach a dozen credit courses, particularly for the Archives Concentration and Book Studies Concentration. Capstone projects in the concentrations often include symposia, oral histories, and exhibitions that take the archives public.

Other groups, including high school and Five College classes, take advantage of Smith College’s 26,000 linear feet of manuscripts and 46,000 rare books. Special meetings, lectures, workshops, and seminars for outside groups of activists and book artists in the community enhance the offerings of Special Collections every year.

We are also part of a collaboration with Smith College and edx to offer MOOC courses, which increase access to our primary resources worldwide.

For further information about instruction with each collection, please contact the person below. If you're not sure who to contact, please call (413) 585-2970 or email specasst@smith.edu.

Contact

Location Name Phone
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Alumnae Gym Karen Kukil (413) 585-2970
Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gym Maureen Callahan (413) 585-2970
College Archives, Alumnae Gym Nanci Young (413) 585-2970
Neilson Library, Mortimer Rare Book Room Shannon Supple (413) 585-2906