Special Collections Reference Request

Special Collections provides distance reference services for these types of questions:

  • Information about our collections and their contents
  • Brief answers to factual questions related to our collections
  • Information about other sources or places that might help to answer your question.

We do not have the capability to do extensive research for our patrons. If your question requires more than an hour's research, we will suggest that you try to schedule a visit to the Collection or hire a research assistant. Questions that do not pertain specifically to the holdings of the Sophia Smith Collection are more appropriately addressed to your local library.

E-mail questions are usually retrieved once a day, and cannot always be acted upon immediately. You can also contact us by telephone at 413-585-2970, Monday - Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Requester Information

(Street, City, State, Zip Code)

(If not U.S.)

Subject of your request or research.

If you are a Five College student, tell us the college, course title and/or course number.

Describe what you wish to know, as completely and specifically as possible.

List specific collections, papers, or records that interest you.

So that we don't duplicate your efforts or provide you with information you already have, please list any sources that you've already consulted.