The Smith College Special Collections houses the college's various rare book, manuscript, and archival collections.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the renovation project can be found on The New Neilson Library website.
Mission & vision statements, visiting Special Collections, staff & contacts, information for donors, frequently asked questions and more…
Research consultations, instruction, rights and reproductions, records management, grants for researchers, and more...
Finding aids, collection lists, digital collections, research guides, and more...
Explore the many narratives of Smith College, with an emphasis on its vibrant undergraduate life.
Mortimer Rare Book Collection
View printed books and manuscripts, and study the original papers and drafts of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath.
Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History
Discover the oldest and one of the largest collections of women’s history in the world.
New collections, recent scholarship, student projects, grant-funded projects, and more...
Access and services during construction of the New Neilson Library.
Online and digital exhibits featuring images and materials from Smith College Special Collections.
Read stories, memories, and highlights throughout the year.
Follow the progress of the grant project to digitize microfilm, photographs and serials.