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YWCA Special Collections Resources

Materials related to the YWCA in Smith College Special Collections

What is Special Collections?

Smith College Special Collections is a unit within Smith College Libraries. As a special collections library, it is home to materials outside the general library collection, including rare books, archives (historic records), manuscripts, maps, oral history interviews, and audiovisual material. These materials do not circulate outside of the library and are used onsite in the Reading Room. The Reading Room is open to all researchers working on a variety of projects including fiction books, art pieces, documentaries, family history, podcasts, academic publications, and coursework. 

For more information about Smith College Special Collections, please visit our website.


All materials that are available for research can be viewed in the reading room. For more information, please read our Visit Special Collections.

To learn how to access the collection, please visit the Search Special Collections page.


Materials related to the YWCA are found in the  the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History, a part of Smith College Special Collections. Smith College Special Collections comprises the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, the Smith College Archives and the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History.

Read the “Scope and Contents” and the "Biographical/Historical" notes in the finding aids for more information on each individual collection.

Ask an archivist

For questions about the collection, digital resources, and digitization requests...

please email


Staff are here to help, but the best place to start is by emailing!

College Archives
Nanci Young

Mortimer Rare Book Collection
Shannon Supple

Sophia Smith Collection
Maureen Cresci Callahan

Research Services
Kate Long