Web Site of the Week: Sophia Smith Collection: Women’s History Archives at Smith College
The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College was made possible under the guidance of its first director, Margaret Storrs Grierson. In 1946, it was named in honor of the founder of Smith College and it has grown to include over 650 different thematic collections. On this page, visitors can browse through their online image collections, oral histories, and exhibits. The oral histories are quite a treat, as they include 50 in-depth interviews which document the persistence and diversity of organizing for women in the United States. Additionally, this area contains interviews on population and reproductive health and conversations with student activists at Smith College. The Online Exhibits area includes nine thematic collections. One of the most interesting among them is the Girl Zines collection, which features independent magazines that address “third wave” feminism and sexuality. Finally, visitors can use the Finding Images section to look over 300 items that include political buttons, handicrafts, and cartoons. [KMG]
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