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Student Clubs and Organizations records

Identifier: CA-MS-00022

Scope and Contents

The Student Clubs and Organizations records contain information on most of the organizations since Smith College was founded. The records range from the early 1900s to the mid-2000s. Student clubs were formed as a way for Smith College students to engage with one another outside of the classroom. Activities of the clubs included academic, social, and political work. The clubs listed here are not those clubs associated with a particular academic pursuit. Information about these clubs may be found with the departmental records of the specific department in 52. Departments of the classification system. The types of material vary from club to club, but may include charters, flyers, photographs, programs, articles, zines, buttons, and notes. Many folders have very little material in them, which often doesn't yield much information about the specific organizations. Usually, each organization's file contains at least a copy of the charter and a few photographs. The files are arranged alphabetically by club or organization name.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1776 - 2018


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

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.


27.106 linear feet (43 containers)

Language of Materials



The Student Clubs and Organizations records contains charters, flyers, photographs, programs, articles, and notes documenting most of the student organizations since Smith was founded.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Student Clubs and Organizations records were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.

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.

Processing Information

In April 2023, records from the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), which was formerly known as Nosotras, were combined with other records from the group to create the Latin American Student Organizatinon (LASO) records (CA-MS-01220).

Finding aid to the Student Clubs and Organizations records
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Katrina Cokeng, Hattie Ryan, Maris Schwarz,.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2018-11-09: Updated to conform to DACS and added boxes
  • 2019-05: several student org websites added
  • 2019-11-22: Added boxes 1 and 2
  • 2020-10-13: Added legacy historical sketches of dozens of clubs

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063