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Academic Departments records

Identifier: CA-MS-01010

Scope and Contents

The Academic Departments records contains material such as publications, syllabuses, source notes, department records and memos, photographs, and material on departmental clubs.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1880 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research 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.


10.271 linear feet (19 containers)

Language of Materials



The collection contains papers of academic departments, including Interdepartmental, Sciences, Colloquiu, and Social Sciences. The collection has publications, syllabuses, source notes, department records and memos, photographs, and material on departmental clubs.


This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.

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

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.

Processing Information

In April 2022, most of what was previously part of this artificial collection was reunited with the rest of the records of the appropriate departments.

Finding aid to the Academic Departments records
Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
Madison White, Ellice Amanna
2018, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2018-11-20: Containers added and finding aid updated as part of College Archives survey
  • 2019-12-09: Added box, barcode, updated finding aid
  • 2021-10-25: Added legacy container inventory

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063