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Smith College Archives long playing (LP) records collection

Identifier: CA-MS-01116

Scope and Contents

The LP collection consists mainly of recorded speeches and musical performances by Smith College individuals and groups. They span the twentieth century. Significant speeches to the college body were often recorded. These could be ceremonial (the inauguration of President Wright; the presentation of an honorary degree to Eleanor Roosevelt) or religious (chapel readings by President Neilson; chapel remarks by Annetta Clark). The voices of college Presidents Seelye, Neilson and Wright can all be found in the LPs. Smith traditions such as Rally Day and Christmas Vespers are also preserved in this collection. More well-known recordings are records by the Smiffenpoofs, Smithereens, and Octavians, three of Smith’s a cappella choirs. The Smith College Glee Club, Choir, Chamber Singers, and Chamber Orchestra also made recordings of their concerts that now reside in the archives. Miscellaneous LPs include several International Quizzes that Smith students participated in, and the Smith College 75th Anniversary Fund radio spots.


  • 1948 - 1964

Conditions Governing Access

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.
The records are open to research according to the regulations of the College Archives.

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.


6.604 linear feet (7 containers)


The LP collection was created by the Smith College Archives from various sources. The LP collection consists mainly of recorded speeches and musical performances by Smith College individuals and groups. They span the twentieth century.


The collection of LPs are divided according to size – 10”, 12” and 16/17”.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The collection is open to research. However, Smith College Special Collection may not have the equipment to play these LPs. Contact special collections staff for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The LP Records were donated over a period of time from a variety of sources.

Processing Information

Items and boxes re-numbered July 2019
Finding Aid to the Smith College Archives long playing (LP) records collection
Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
Madeline Michels
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-25: Described collection for the first time. Published

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063