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Undergraduate Life records

Identifier: CA-MS-01013

Scope and Contents

Undergraduate life records contains papers related to student clothes and fashions (news clippings, photographs); distinct groups (informational files on foreign students, minorities, Ada Comstock Scholars, including pamphlets, correspondence, photographs, newsletters, organization); student government (includes Council and House minutes, course critiques, SGA records); and student publications (complete runs of student newspapers, literary magazines, etc.).

Dates of Materials

  • 1875 - 1999


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. Student academic records, student disciplinary records, and all records containing FERPA-covered student information are closed during the lifetime of the student. Student records created 100 years or more ago are assumed to be about deceased students. 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.)

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.


18.441 linear feet (34 containers)

Language of Materials



Undergraduate life records contains papers related to student clothes and fashions, events, distinct groups (informational files on foreign students, minorities, Ada Comstock Scholars), Student Government (includes Council and House minutes, course critiques, SGA records), and student publications.

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.

Finding aid to the Undergraduate life records
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White, Ellice Amanna
2018, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2019-12-17: Containers and barcodes added, described, finding aid updated
  • 2020-10-21: Added legacy inventory to student publications

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063