College Archives Services

Reference Services

For information about the history of Smith College, or for help with any aspect of research in the College Archives, please contact the College Archives staff.

Visiting the Archives

You are encouraged to visit the College Archives during open hours to review materials relating to your research. Photo identification is required on your first visit. The Reading Room is equipped with tables, outlets, and wireless access for your laptop computers. A public computer terminal is available for accessing in-house databases, searching the Five College Library Catalog, the Five College Finding Aids database and other online resources.

For more information, see Visiting Special Collections.


The Smith College Archives staff actively wants you to understand Smith history. Faculty members at Smith and other institutions work with staff of the College Archives to incorporate historical Smith material in their courses. In the past students from anthropology, photography, American studies, art history, exercise sports studies, mathematics, psychology, studio art, landscape studies, women’s studies, sociology, and philosophy courses have used our materials. Our historical materials document Smith’s important role in many disciplines. For more information, see Instruction.

As a Smith student: You can learn more about your community through the College Archives. College Archives staff give talks at Friday House Teas; at Orientation programs; as well as to incoming and transfer students. We talk with House Historians about collecting and documenting your House history, and work with Residential Life staff and the Office of Multicultural Diversity to explore the history of Smith. We encourage you to come to the Archives to do independent research as well. If you have a question about Smith history, we’re the place to visit!

As an alumna: The Smith College Archives works with your class and reunion officers in a variety of ways. We make presentations about the information available in the College Archives that document your undergraduate time here. We suggest ways to continue to document your class activities. This information is often included in reunion books, on Alumnae Parade signs, and at reunion events. Staff members are happy to give talks to Smith Clubs. You often see historical images from the College Archives on your Smith Club website.

Please contact the College Archives if you wish us to work with you on incorporating materials into your curriculum, or would like us to speak with your particular group about the history of Smith.

Rights & Reproductions

When possible, the Smith College Archives staff provides photocopies and reproductions of unrestricted materials for research purposes. We reserve the right to refuse any request for reproduction that would violate copyright law, damage the original item(s), or place undue stress on the resources of the College Archives. The SSC and CA do not permit the use of personal scanning devices, however the use of personal digital cameras in the Reading Room to photograph materials is allowed under specified conditions.

For more information, see Rights & Reproductions.


College Archives

Name Job Title Location Phone
Nanci Young College Archivist College Archives, Alumnae Gym (413) 585-2976