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Office of the Dean of the College records

Identifier: CA-MS-01058

Scope and Contents

The collection contains administrative and office files for the Office of the Dean of the College, as well as files relating to programs and offices overseen by the Dean of the College. Materials include general office files and correspondence, committee records, program and event records, materials from the Office of Multicultural Affairs and its programs, and Administrative Board records.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1899 - 2018

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access:

Many boxes are partially or fully restricted, primarily due to the presence of student records, which are restricted until death of the student, which if unknown is presumed 100 years after creation of the record.

See series-level access notes for information on what boxes are restricted. Restricted boxes must be screened by an archivist before being used by researchers. Please contact the archives a minimum of two weeks in advance of your visit for access.

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.


135.417 linear feet (147 containers)

Language of Materials



The Office of the Dean of the College "oversees a variety of offices that work collaboratively to ensure that students are successful during their time at Smith." These records include administrative files generated by the office of the Dean of the College, as well as materials relating to offices and programs overseen by the Dean of the College.


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.

Other Finding Aids

One or more content listings to individual accessions in this collection are available for download. Links can be found in the description of the individual accessions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Office of the Dean of the College.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.

Finding aid to the Office of the Dean of the College records.
Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
Sylvia Hickman
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-05: Added new series, Accession 2019-A-0002
  • 2020-10-07: Boxes added and finding aid written as part of the College Archives Collection Control Project
  • 2020-12-03: CA Shared 49 box added to description and extent updated

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063