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Amanda Ferrara

Archives Associate

Amanda Ferrara

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Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

126 West Street, 123C


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M.L.S., Archives and Records Management specialization, Indiana University

B.A., History - African, African-American, and Caribbean Diaspora Studies specialization; Archives concentration, Smith College

Amanda Ferrara currently works as an Archives Associate for Smith College Special Collections. Her duties are split between engagement and outreach and collection management. Amanda works in close collaboration with the Special Collections director and staff to increase the visibility and use of the Smith College Special Collections and to bring cohesion and strategic thinking to outreach efforts. Amanda also works under the supervision of the Head of Technical Services on various collection management projects.

Amanda previously worked as a Manuscripts Processor for Smith College Special Collections. In this position, she organized the papers of activist, psychiatrist, and documentary filmmaker Dee Mosbacher as well as the papers of actor, activist, and philanthropist, Jane Fonda.

Amanda is a native of Western Massachusetts and returned to the area after attending graduate school. She is interested in increasing the diversity of, and outreach to, people of color in academic archives. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys practicing yoga, working clay on the wheel, and hiking Mt. Tom.


Libraries Communication Committee, Libraries Web Team, Special Collections Public Services Committee (chair 2017-2018)


Ferrara, Amanda. “A Sense of Ourselves: FIlming Black Authors and the Burnham Ware Collection," Black Film Center/Archive (blog), July 16, 2015,

Ferrara, Amanda. “From Smith to Indiana: Continuing My Journey with Sylvia Plath,” Sylvia Plath Info (blog), May 8, 2015,

Ferrara, Amanda. “Risks and Rewards,” Blogging Hoosier History (blog), June 1, 2015,

Professional Affiliations

Society of American Archivists, Association of Moving Image Archivists