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Distinguished Visitors Files

Identifier: CA-MS-00005

Scope and Contents

The distinguished visitors files contain correspondence, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, press releases and photographs documenting the visits of distinguished persons to Smith College since its founding in 1871. The material ranges in date from 1848 to the present, with the bulk of the collection falling between 1888 and the present.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1850 - 1998


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.

Biographical / Historical

The materials in this collection have been accumulated over the years from various sources in and outside the College.


3.542 linear feet (7 containers)

Language of Materials



Contains correspondence, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, press releases and photographs about distinguished visitors to Smith College.


The files are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the visitor.

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.

Related Material

Additional materials may also be found in the faculty biographical files, alumnae biographical files and published materials located in the Smith College Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Mariah Levitt

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 Distinguished Visitors Files
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Mariah Levitt
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2005-09-23: manosca5 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2018-11-07: Added locations and barcodes for first five boxes (70-74).

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063