Smith Welcomes a New Director of Special Collections

Elizabeth (Beth) Myers oversees the college's three special collections, Sophia Smith Collection, College Archives, and Mortimer Rare Book Room in May. She serves as the chief curator of the Sophia Smith Collection.

New Director of Special Collections,
Elizabeth (Beth) Myers


“Her experience and research interests make Beth the perfect candidate for this important leadership position within the Libraries and the college,” said Director of Libraries Chris Loring.  “Smith’s special collections are absolutely extraordinary for a liberal arts college.  Beth brings us an excellent background and a wealth of experience to lead our special collections forward, building on our past successes and meeting the new challenges presented by the digital environment.”

Myers has spent the last two years as Director of the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit, the largest labor history archive in North America. Prior to that, she served for six years as Director of the Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola University Chicago.

Myers holds a PhD in 20th Century U.S. history with concentrations in Women’s History and Public History. She is a steering committee member of the Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) and the Women Archivists Roundtable (WAR-SAA). Additionally she has served on numerous professional committees in the Society of American Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, and the Chicago Area Women’s History Consortium.

Of her new appointment, Myers said, “I am thrilled to be joining the ranks of Smith College, an institution whose mission is inspiring and whose values so closely mirror my own.”


For more information, contact Director of Libraries Chris Loring,