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Special Events and People collection

Identifier: CA-MS-01002

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials relating to special events and people hosted by Smith College. Files on Anniversaries include material on college anniversaries in l900, l925, 1950, and 1975. Files on Disasters include news clippings on fires, thefts, murders, disappearances, suicides. Files on Lectures include photographs, press releases, and news clippings on guest lecturers. Files on Prizes include correspondence and news clippings. Symposiums files include correspondence, photographs, programs, news clippings, publications. Files on War Service includes photographs, organization records, news clippings, publications, personal papers of participants, campus and local activities, War Service Board records.

Dates of Materials

  • 1879 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

Materials in the Smith College Archives are open for use, with the following exceptions: "Office Files," files of records created for the use of the administrative unit that created them, are closed to research for a period of 10 years following their creation. Board of Trustees' records are closed permanently. In all cases, the College Archives will continue to provide public access to materials that were intended to be public at the time of their creation (press releases, publications, etc.)

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

The Special Events and People collection has always been a part of the College Archives. It was initially called "College History - Events", and includes material on disasters, anniversaries, celebrations, lectures, symposiums, distinguished visitors, Smith College Medals, and War Service.


19.167 linear feet (44 containers)

Language of Materials



The collection contains materials relating to special events and people hosted by Smith College, including files on disasters, anniversaries, lectures and symposiums, and War Service in World War II.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.


Finding aid to the Special Events and People collection
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2018-11-07: Added all containers as listed in the binder
  • 2018-12-13: Finding aid updated as part of the College Archives Survey
  • 2020-01-02: Added box 1, updated extents and dates

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063