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Special Days A-Z Files, 1884-[ongoing]
2 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80

Abstract:
The records of the Special Days vary in their coverage of events. For some special days the only recognition of its existence is the presence of the folders. However, other folders contain records of the special day's beginnings on campus. The Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving Day folders contain information about past celebrations with newspaper clippings and reports, photographs, and memorabilia.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open to public research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or quote from the documents must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

As an institution Smith College has many traditions, some with history since its inception. One of the earliest special days celebrated at Smith College was Ivy Day. Still celebrated, Ivy Day is a day in which departing seniors plant ivy cuts on the Smith grounds, symbolizing their seed of knowledge, in hopes that it will flourish. Today, cuts are taken from vines around campus and given to first-year students in anticipation of their own Ivy Day celebration.

Many of those traditions include Special Day celebrations for students, staff, faculty, and parents. Included in the Special Days boxes are the Father's Day folders containing programs, POPS! concert programs, photographs, letters, and newspaper clippings. The change from Father's Weekend to Parent's Weekend and then Family Weekend is documented with the information contained in these folders.

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, Float Night are special days included within the folders. And the repertoire of special days continues to grow as Smith College adds new special day traditions to its old ones: Celebration of Sisterhood and Otelia Cromwell Day. Each celebration seeks to acknowledge and diversify, celebrating what is present and what is to come. Smith College, having a history of celebrating, embracing, renewing and creating traditions, will carry several of them into the future and create several more.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The degree to which folders contain information varies. For some special days the only recognition of its existence is the presence of the folders, perhaps containing as little as a single photograph or a single event program. In such case, the Sophian may be a good place to look for further information.

However, other folders contain records of the special day's beginnings on campus. The Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving Day folders contain information about past celebrations with newspaper clippings and reports, photographs, and memorabilia. In general, information for present day special day celebrations is not as complete as those of earlier celebratory years. For instance, though the Celebration of Sisterhood still takes place, the documents contain information for only 2 years. Similarly, Float Night is a continued Tradition that is documented for only 2 individual years. Additional files on Float Night are available in 80. Athletics Records.

The folders are arranged alphabetically. Two special days, Christmas and Mountain Day have their own boxes. These have separate finding aids.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open to public research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or quote from the documents must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Special Days A-Z Files, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Special Days files were collected over time by the Smith College Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Christine Merrill.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Africa Day
1994

Box 3079
All College Picnic
1986-1994

Box 3079
April Fool's Day
1981

Box 3079
Armistice Day
1935-1940

Box 3079
Celebration of Sisterhood
1993-1995

Box 3079
Commencement, general
1896-1987

Box 3079
Convocation, Barbara Bush recieves Honorary Degree
1989

Box 3079
Easter
1889-1952

Box 3079
Environmental Events
1968-1970

Box 3079
Family Weekend
1992-2000

Box 3079
Fathers Weekend, implementation
1949

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1951

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1952

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1953

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1954

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1955

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1956

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1957

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1958

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1959

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1960

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1961

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1962

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1963

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1964

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1965

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1966

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1967

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1968

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1969

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1970

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1971

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1972

Box 3079
Father's Weekend
1973

Box 3079
Father's Weekend Miscellaneous Photographs
n.d.

Box 3079
Float Night
1952-1998

Box 3079
Freshman Day
1967-1982

Box 3079
Halloween
1890-1951

Box 3080
Halloween Photographs
1888-1994

Box 3080
Harvest Weekend
1979-1989

Box 3080
Homecoming
1990-1992

Box 3080
Hoop Rolling
1914

Box 3080
Illumination
1995-1996

Box 3080
Ivy Day
1884-1984

Box 3080
May Day
1884-1951

Box 3080
Memorial Day
1882-1940

Box 3080
No Diet Day
1994

Box 3080
Octoberfest
1994-1995

Box 3080
Opening Convocation (September), All College Meeting (January)
1949

Box 3080
Otelia Cromwell Day
1989-2002

Box 3080
Parent's Weekend
1974-1991

Box 3080
Pre College Day
1967-1970

Box 3080
Sophomore Carnival
n.d.

Box 3080
Spirit Week
1982

Box 3080
Spring Weekend
1988

Box 3080
Thanksgiving
1880-1942

Box 3080
Turkey Trot
1987

Box 3080
Valentine's Day
1895-1951

Box 3080
Week of Prayer
1916

Box 3080
Winter Weekend
1987-1992

Box 3080
Women's Week
1982-1985

Box 3080
Women's Weekend
1972-1980

Box 3080

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Smith College--History--Sources.
  • Smith College--Students--Social life and customs.
  • Women college students--Massachusetts--Northampton--Social life and customs.


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