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Alumnae College records

Identifier: CA-MS-00306

Scope and Contents

The Alumnae College records contain materials from nearly every year that Alumnae College has taken place. The bulk of the material is from 1933 to the mid-1950s, consisting of brochures, schedules, lecture notes, speeches, press releases, newspaper clippings, photographs, and video recordings, except for the World War II years. From the 1950s onward, the records are less complete, and consist mostly of brochures, with some photographs, lecture notes, and other miscellanea. The records from 1941 and 1942 are of special interest as they also contain pamphlets and other materials relating to World War II.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1933 - 2001


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.

Biographical / Historical

Alumnae College, which began in 1933, is an event which takes place during Commencement week. It takes the form of a series of lectures given by professors on topics which, historically, have ranged from discussions of culture and society in Germany to "The Garden: Art and Nature." Smith Alumnae of all ages attend Alumnae College, which allows these alumnae to engage in learning with each other in a very unique way, focusing on one particular topic, and discussing it with alumnae from different classes. In the early years of the program, Alumnae College went on for an entire week, but the recent sessions have lasted only a day or two. Though the collection only contains records through 2001, Alumnae College continues to offer classes.


3.917 linear feet (6 containers)

Language of Materials



The Alumnae College records document an event that takes place during commencement and includes brochures, lecture notes, speeches, reading lists, memos, correspondence, minutes, schedules, press releases, newspaper clippings, photographs, and video recordings.

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 Alumnae College records were obtained from the Smith College Alumnae Association.

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 Alumnae College records
Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
Grace Martin, Class of 2013; Ellice Yasner Amanna
2018, 2020-01-08
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 (
  • 11/16/18: Finding aid updated with barcodes, locations, profiles
  • 2020-01-08: Finding aid updated to current standards with containers, barcodes, description

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063