Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 12:50:56 -0400 (EDT)
From: Peter Nelson <pnelson@MtHolyoke.edu>
Subject: UPDATE from the Five College Archives Digital Access Project

A Major Milestone --

On May 10 the Five College Archives Digital Access Project passed its
second major milestone, the digitization of eighteen archival and
manuscript collections selected at Smith College.  These core collections
documenting the history of women's education comprise approximately 12,000
page items and are now available for viewing on the project Web site
(http://clio.fivecolleges.edu).  They complement collections from the
Mount Holyoke College Archives already online since September.

Seventeen of the collections are from the Smith College Archives, while
one is from the Sophia Smith Collection of women's history manuscripts.
Researchers can browse item-level inventories to identify materials they
want to view, or use the search feature to locate keywords. The eighteen
Smith collections are organized into three groups: "Key Founding
Documents," "Opening and Early History," and "Other Collections."  I'm
pleased to announce the availability of these mutually complementary
historical collections and encourage you to visit (or revisit) the project
Web site (http://clio.fivecolleges.edu).

Other News --

This week the project has taken up its "summer residence" (sounds grand,
doesn't it?) in Frost Library at Amherst College.  Project Assistants
Laura Cochrane and Edward Monfred have started preparations to digitize
the Amherst College Coeducation Collection, and I am busy making final
decisions about which of the many other collections at Amherst will be
selected to complement the digital collections already online from the
women's colleges.

The project Web site was recently chosen as a featured site by Webivore
Knowledge Systems (http://www.webivore.com/wks/), which maintains a
licensed database of "the best Web sites, organized by discipline, found
and reviewed by its content experts and editors to help students and
educators find accurate and useful information on the Web."

As always, I welcome your feedback.

Peter

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Peter Nelson                                    pnelson@mtholyoke.edu
Five College Archives Digital Access Project
c/o Mount Holyoke College Archives       http://clio.fivecolleges.edu
South Hadley, MA 01075                                 (413) 538-3020
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