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Smith College Archives and Sophia Smith Collection records, ca.approximately 1873-2018
13.958 linear feet (38 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00408

Abstract:
The Smith College Archives document the life of the College by collecting materials created by students, faculty, administrative and departmental staff during the course of their time here. The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history. This collection contains the administrative records of the College Archives and Sophia Smith Collection.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access:

All office files are closed for 10 years following their date of creation.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Smith College Archives

Biographical / Historical

The Smith College Archives document the life of the College by collecting materials created by students, faculty, administrative and departmental staff during the course of their time here.

The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history. It was founded in 1942 to be the library's distinctive contribution to the college's mission of educating women.

Since 2014, the College Archives, Sophia Smith Collection, and Mortimer Rare Book Collection have been adminstratively unified as the Smith College Special Collections.

Scope and Contents

Smith College Archives and Sophia Smith Collection records consist of SSC and CA exhibit labels, directors' chronological files and correspondence, meeting notes, Special Collections position searches, Certificates of Gifts, accession records, SSC 50th Anniversary celebration files, donor files, cartoons and articles.


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

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access:

All office files are closed for 10 years following their date of creation.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

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

Smith College Archives and Sophia Smith Collection records, Smith College Archives, MS-CA-00408, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

These materials were transferred to College Archives on an ongoing basis, including larger accessions in 1991, 1998, 2002 and 2015.

Processing Information

No changes have been made to the material or its arrangement since College Archives received the collection's accessions.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Other Finding Aids

This online finding aid currently provides detailed description of only the most recent addition to this collection. Additional materials are described in unpublished lists that can be sent to you upon request by contacting specialcollections@smith.edu


Contents List
2018-A-0018. Follet, Joyce, Creating Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection video
2001
1 items(1 video on DVD)

Scope and content:

Documentary on the Sophia Smith Collection, women's history archive at Smith College. Produced, written and directed by Joyce Follet and Terry Kay Rockefeller, 2001. This brief film highlights Smith College's pioneering contributions to the movement that is revolutionizing the writing and teaching of history. It chronicles the 1942 founding of the nation's oldest women's manuscripts collection by historian Mary Ritter Beard and archivist Margaret Storrs Grierson and features cameo appearances by:

Gloria Steinem Rebecca Walker, Third Wave feminist Amy Richards, Third Wave feminist Jan Peterson, Grassroots activist Frances Fox Piven, Political scientist/Activist Daniel Horowitz, Historian Linda Gordon, Historian Linda Kerber, Historian

Provenance:

This DVD was donated to the College Archives by Amy Hague, May 24, 2018.

Restrictions on access:

Use of the original media (DVD) is restricted for preservation reasons. A digital file copy is available for research use.

Related material:

2 VHS copies of this video are in the College Archives, in RG 100 (AV): V214, V215. The original production materials, including raw footage were transferred to the College Archives from the Sophia Smith Collection in 2010 (accession 2010-A-00038).

Alternative formats available:

Additional copies of this video are located in the College Archives Audiovisual collection (100 AV), in VHS format.

Search Terms
Amy Hague

College Archives and SSC


Box 30
College Archives and SSC


Box 30.1
College Archives and SSC


Box 31
Exhibit Labels A-F


Box 32
Exhibit Labels G-E
1879-1909

Box 32.1
Exhibits
1879-1901

Box 33
Exhibit Labels
1910-1930

Box 34
Exhibit Labels
1910-1950

Box 35
Exhibit Labels
1951-1970

Box 36
College Archives Exhibit Labels A-M
1984-1993

Box 36.1
College Archives Exhibit Labels N-Z
1984-1993

Box 36.2
College Archives Exhibit Labels A-H
1994-2010

Box 36.3
College Archives Exhibits I-Sp
1994-2010

Box 36.4
College Archives Exhibits St-Z
1994-2010

Box 36.4.1
College Archives, exhibit files - Women of Color


Box 36.4.2
Exhibit - "Power of Women's Voices" - Sophia Smith Collection
2007

Box 36.4.3
Sophia Smith Collection Exhibit Labels A-Ce
1974-2010

Box 36.5
Sophia Smith Collection Reading Room Exhibits C-L
1974-2010

Box 36.6
Sophia Smith Collection Exhibit Labels Ma-No
1974-2010

Box 36.6.1
Sophia Smith Collection Reading Room exhibits No (2) - Z


Box 36.6.2
Recent gifts and purchases of the year
1995-1996

Box 36.7
Sophia Smith Collection exhibit labels - Mair Room/Collacott Room
1986-2010

Box 36.8
Grierson, Margaret logs (carbons A-Z)
1964-1965

Box 37
Monthly Gift Lists
September 1954 -June 1965

Box 37.1
Booksellers - M. Grierson


Box 37.2
Daybooks - M. Grierson
Sept. 15 1950 - Aug. 23 1954

Box 37.3
Daybooks - M. Grierson
Aug. 24, 954 - March 31, 1958

Box 37.4
Daybooks - M. Grierson
April 1, 1958 - March 6, 1962

Box 37.5
Daybooks - M. Grierson
March 7, 1962 - May 31, 1965

Box 37.6
Mary-Elizabeth Murdock committee files


Box 37.7
Certificates of Gift


Box 37.8
Certificate of Gift


Box 37.8a
Accessions record book


Box 37.9
College Archives records transfer authorization forms


Box 37.10
Non-donors correspondence


Box 37.11
Accession routing slips
1984/85 - 1988/89

Box 37.12
Accession routing slips
1989-1990

Box 37.13
Accession records
1990/91-1993/94

Box 37.14

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Archives
  • Exhibitions--United States.
  • Libraries
  • Libraries--Special collections--Women--History--Sources
  • Smith College Archives
  • Smith College Archives
  • Sophia Smith Collection
  • Women's history archives

Genre terms
  • Deeds


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