Contains bylaws, incorporation papers, minutes, budgets, reports, and correspondence relating to the administration and fundraising activities of the Amherst Community Association, including the Community Chest fund drive. Also included are budget proposals and agency profiles documenting organizations such as the Amherst Boys Club and Girls Club, Children's Aid and Family Service, Hampshire County Association for Retarded Citizens and Camp Anderson.
The collection is open for research.
Background on Amherst Community Association (Amherst, Mass.)
In 1939, a group of Amherst citizens determined a need "to develop cooperation between social agencies ... in the interest of financial support of such agencies, and the effective planning and execution of the social services program in this community." The major work of the Amherst Community Association was the Community Chest Drive and allocating those funds to such local and national social service organizations as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Amherst Boys Club and Girls Club, Children's Aid and Family Services, S.P.C.C., Hampshire County Association for Retarded Citizens, and Camp Anderson.
In 1943 the Association combined the Community Chest with the National War Fund for a common drive. In 1969, when neighboring towns dissolved their independent Community Associations and reorganized as the Hampshire United Fund, the Amherst Community Association remained autonomous. In 1975, the Association and the Hampshire United Way (formerly the United Fund) hired an Executive Director. The services of Fritz Heinemann were divided between the United Way and the Association 80% - 20%. Three years later, in 1978, the two service organizations merged to form the Hampshire Community United Way.
The records span the life of the Amherst Community Association (1939-1978) and include by-laws, incorporation papers, minutes of the Executive and Budget committees; budgets, correspondence, reports, and flyers for campaigns and annual fund drives; and agency profiles, budgets, reports, and correspondence. Early records of the Association were maintained by the Secretary. The later records, c.1970-1978, were collected by the Secretary, President, Campaign Chairman, and Executive Director, resulting in some duplication of materials.
Placed on deposit in the University of Massachusetts by John Sheehan on behalf of the Hampshire Community United Way.
Collection processed by Anneliese Ostendarp, 2003.
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Cite as: Amherst Community Association Records (MS 50). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.