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Mary Louise Panus Collection

1977-2018
3 boxes (1.25 linear foot)
Call no.: MS 378

Born in Boston on June 3, 1933, Mary Louise (Butler) married Chester S. Panus (1929-1993) in 1951, and lived for many years in the Plymouth County town of Abington. Mary Lou had a long interest in documenting Polish culture in Massachusetts, with a particular focus on photographing Polish Catholic churches. She died after a brief illness on May 22, 2012, and is buried in Rockland, Mass.

An eclectic collector of materials relating to Polish American life in Massachusetts, Panus left an extensive series of snapshots of most, but not all of the state's Polish churches. The collection also includes a doll dressed as a nun.

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Background on Mary Louise Panus

Born in Boston on June 3, 1933, Mary Louise (Butler) was the wife of Chester S. Panus (1929-1993) and lived for many years in the Plymouth County town of Abington. Panus had a long interest in documenting Polish culture in Massachusetts, with a particular focus on Polish Catholic churches. She died after a brief illness on May 22, 2012, and is buried in Rockland, Mass.

Scope of collection

An eclectic collector of materials relating to Polish American life in Massachusetts, Panus left an extensive series of snapshots of most, but not all of the state's Polish churches. The collection also includes a doll dressed as a nun.

Inventory

Lietuvos Katoliku Baznycios Kronika [Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania]
1974
Box 1: 1
Polish-American Gazette (1 issue)
1968
Box 1: 2
Polish farms in western Massachusetts: news clippings
1969-1993
Box 1: 3
Polish prayer books
1895-1936
Box 1: 4
Polish American veterans: news clippings
1977
Box 1: 5
Postcard from S. M. Heppe
1914
Box 1: 6
Programs and ephemera
1982-1995
Box 1: 7
Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs, 66th anniversary convention program
1997
Box 2: 1
Polish churches in Massachusetts: news clippings and miscellaneous
1979
Box 2: 2
Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 75th anniversary program, 1893-1968
1968
Box 2: 3
Photographs: Polish cultural activities and churches in Massachusetts
1978-1991
Box 2
Nun in habit doll (cloth and plastic)
ca.199
Box 2
Polish churches in Massachusetts: photographs
1978-1995
Box 3
Contents:

Although she never completed her project, Panus hoped to photograph all Polish churches in Massachusetts. In most cases, each church is represented by both exterior and interior shots, often several. The images are arranged by church name.

Massachusetts
  • Adams: St. Stanislaus
  • Bondsville: St. Adalbert
  • Brockton: Our Lady of Ostranronia
  • Cambridge: St. Hedwig
  • Chelsea: St. Stanislaus
  • Chicopee: Holy Rosary
  • Chicopee: St. Anthony of Padua
  • Chicopee: St. Stanislaus
  • East Bridgewater: Polish Club
  • Easthampton: Sacred Heart
  • Fall River: St. Stanislaus
  • Hadley: Holy Rosary
  • Hatfield: Holy Trinity
  • Holyoke: Mater Dolorosa
  • Hyde Park: St. Adalbert
  • Indian Orchard: Immaculate Conception
  • Ipswich: Sacred Heart
  • Lowell: St. Casimir
  • Ludlow: Christ the King
  • Maynard: St. Casimir
  • New Bedford: Holy Cross
  • New Bedford: Our Lady of Perpetual Hope
  • New Bedford: Polish National Church and Hall
  • New Bedford: St. Casimir
  • Northampton: St. John Cantius
  • Northampton: St. Valentine
  • Norwood: St. Peter
  • Peabody: St. Joseph
  • Pittsfield: Holy Family
  • Salem: St. John the Baptist
  • Taunton: Holy Rosary
  • Three Rivers: Sts. Peter and Paul
  • Ware: St. Mary
  • Ware: Holy Cross
  • Webster: St. Joseph
  • West Lynn: St. Michael
  • Westfield: Holy Trinity
  • Westfield: Polish National Church
  • Worcester: Lithuanian Association
  • Worcester: St. Mary
Non-Massachusetts
  • Fairfield, Conn.: St. Anthony of Padua
  • New Britain, Conn.: Holy Cross
  • New Britain, Conn.: Polish Club
  • New Britain, Conn.: Sacred Heart
  • New London, Conn.: Saints Peter and Paul
  • Norwich, Conn.: St. Joseph
  • Manchester, N.H.: Holy Trinity
  • Bound Brook, N.J.: St. Mary
  • Manville, N.J.: Sacred Heart
  • Kulpmont, Pa.: St. Casimir
  • Mt. Carmel, Pa.: Our Mother of Consolation
  • Mt. Carmel, Pa.: St. Joseph
  • Shamokin, Pa.: St. Stanislaus
  • Central Falls, R.I.: St. Stanislaus
  • Central Falls, R.I.: Holy Cross
  • Central Falls, R.I.: St. Joseph
  • Central Falls, R.I.: Chet Acisz Restaurant

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Mary Lou Panus, 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Feb. 2019.

Language:

English

Language:

Polish

Language:

Lithuanian

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Mary Louise Panus Collection (MS 378). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects

  • Catholic Church buildings--Massachusetts
  • Polish-Americans--Massachusetts

Genres and formats

  • Photographs
  • Programs (Documents)

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