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The Smith College Special Collections houses the college's various rare book, manuscript, and archival collections.

Notice: Special Collections Closed Summer 2017

Special Collections is closed from May 22nd to September 5th to relocate staff and collections in anticipation of the renovation of Neilson Library and Alumnae Gym (2017-2020). Special Collections--including the College Archives, Mortimer Rare Book Collection, and Sophia Smith Collection--will reopen in Young Library. Information concerning directions, services, and collections accessibility will be updated.

Special Collections will continue to provide some distance reference services through the temporary closure, but with longer delays. We will process all reference requests as quickly as possible. Questions can be sent to Additional information about the renovation project can be found on The New Neilson Library website.