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About the Exhibition

Poster for the exhibition "The Heart of Our Place of Learning: William Allan Neilson Library, 1909 to 2009".


Learn about the history of Neilson Library through letters, photographs, architectural drawings, ephemera, and much more in this centennial exhibition. The physical exhibit opened on November 9, 2009 and was on view through March 30, 2010 in the Book Arts Gallery at Neilson Library.

This web exhibition is based on a physical exhibition on view in the Book Arts Gallery at Neilson Library. Both exhibits were created by Leslie Fields, Records Services Archivist, with material from the Smith College Archives.

Opening Event

The opening on 12 November 2009 featured a gallery talk by College Archivist Nanci Young and archivist Leslie Fields, sharing facts and anecdotes about the history of Neilson Library.

Other Events

The Libraries' centennial celebration continued with a Fat Tuesday Tea in the Branch Libraries in February 2010, mini-exhibits on display through mid-March 2010, and a talk on the future of Academic Libraries by Sarah Thomas ’70, Bodleian Librarian & Director of the Oxford University Library Services in April 2010. For more information, see the centennial website.

The Smith College Archives

The Smith College Archives documents the life of the College by collecting materials created by students, faculty, administrative and departmental staff. The records in the College Archives can provide researchers with answers to specific questions or help them to understand broad social and cultural issues. Please visit the College Archives website to learn more.

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