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Loomis Communities Records

1909-2015 (Bulk: 1980-2000)
11 boxes (15.75 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 685

In 1902, a group of residents of Holyoke, Mass., secured a charter for the Holyoke Home for Aged People, wishing to do “something of permanent good for their city” and provide a “blessing to the homeless.” Opened in March 1911 on two acres of land donated by William Loomis, the Holyoke Home provided long-term care of the elderly, and grew slowly for its first half century. After changing its name to Loomis House in 1969, in honor of the benefactor, Loomis began slowly to expand, moving to its present location in 1981 upon construction of the first continuing care retirement community in the Commonwealth. In 1988, the Board acquired a 27-acre campus in South Hadley on which it established Loomis Village; in 1999, it became affiliated with the Applewood community in Amherst; and in 2009, it acquired Reeds Landing in Springfield.

The Loomis Communities Records offer more than a century perspective on elder care and the growth of retirement communities in western Massachusetts. The collection includes a nearly complete run of the minutes of the Board of Directors from 1902 to the present, an assortment administrative and financial records, and some documentation of the experience of the communities’ residents, with the bulk of materials dating from the 1980s to the present. An extensive series of oral histories with residents of Loomis Village was conducted in 2010.

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Background on Loomis Communities

In 1883, a picnicking group of five female friends in Holyoke, MA slowly blossomed into an outing and social group of over fifty women. Wishing to do “something of permanent good for their city” and provide a “blessing to the homeless,” the so called Rain or Shine Club came up with the idea of gathering support and money for an institution to house and care for the old and infirm and to promote benevolent work in the community, Fifty-five women eventually signed the petition of incorporation for the Holyoke Home for Aged People, and the first meeting of the corporation was held October 6, 1902. Funding for the institution and an endowment was raised from throughout the community, including funds from a fair run by the group, and donations from the Holyoke Water Power Company, The Lyman Mills, William and Joseph Skinner, Frank Beebe, Mrs. Cyrus L. Frink, Charles E. Crevier, and J. P. Morgan.

The Holyoke Home, designed by the Chicopee architect James Clough for the purpose of housing the elderly, opened in March 1911 on two acres of land donated by philanthropist and widower William Stiles Loomis, whose wife had been in the Rain or Shine Club and had wishes of aiding the homeless and aged population of Holyoke. The Home provided long-term care of the elderly, famously for both women and men, and grew slowly for its first half century.

After changing its name to Loomis House in 1969, in honor of the benefactor, Loomis began slowly to expand, moving to its present location in 1981 upon construction of the first continuing care retirement community in the Commonwealth. In 1988, the Board acquired a 27-acre campus in South Hadley on which it established Loomis Village; in 1999, it became affiliated with the Applewood community in Amherst; and in 2009, it acquired Reeds Landing in Springfield. With over a century of changes and innovative work in residential and health care services, Loomis Communities continues to impact the nursing home industry today with its network of independent- and assisted-living apartments, units, and focus on creating a person-centered long-term care community.

Scope of collection

The Loomis Communities Records offer more than a century perspective on elder care and the growth of retirement communities in western Massachusetts. The collection includes a nearly complete run of the minutes of the Board of Directors from 1909 to the present, an assortment administrative and financial records, and some documentation of the experience of the communities’ residents, with the bulk of materials dating from the 1980s to the present. An extensive series of oral histories with residents of Loomis Village was conducted in 2010.

The records are organized into five series:

Series descriptions

1911-2010 (bulk1980-2000)
4.75 boxes (6.75 linear feet)

This series includes correspondence, reports, clippings, notes, lists, blueprints, advertisements and other documentation of various activities and groups associated with Loomis Communities. It is organized thematically, and includes materials related to admissions, care, services, staffing, development, finances, planning, marketing, residents, and other elder care facilities associated with Loomis. Subject are arranged alphabetically, although several subjects, such as development and marketing, are arranged chronologically to assist understanding of the changes of the Loomis buildings, residencies, and outreach strategies over time.

1909-2014 (bulk1980-2000)
5 boxes (7.5 linear feet)

This series documents the administrative history of Loomis Communities, all the way back to its time as Holyoke Home for Aged People. There is a nearly complete run of the minutes and roll call of the Board of Directors from 1909 to the early 2000s, annual reports from the 1980s through 2014, and documentation from the numerous administrative and resident committees and groups in charge of administration, planning, and life at Loomis.

1985-2015
.25 boxes (.5 linear feet)

This series includes publications and newsletters put out by residents and administration at Loomis Communities over the years.

1935-2005 (bulk1980-1999)
1 box (1 linear foot)

This series consists of photographs and slides of Loomis Communities residents, facilities, and events, particularly on holidays and other special occasions.

This series includes 32 oral history interviews conducted with residents and administrators from Loomis Communities in 2010.

Inventory

Series 1: Subject Files
1911-2010 (bulk1980-2000)
4.75 boxes (6.75 linear feet)
1902 Founders Society
2005
Box 1: 1
Action Plan
1998
Box 1: 2
Administrative floor plans
1985-1988
Box 1: 3
Admissions
ca.1976-1980
Box 1: 4
Assisted living program
1986-1867
Box 1: 5
Awards
1985, 2001-2002
Box 1: 6
Beauty Shop
1985
Box 1: 7
Bequests
1922-1995
Box 1: 8-15
Cemetery deeds
1890-1940
Box 1: 16
Chamber of Commerce
1985-1987
Box 1: 17
Chapel Hill
1988
Box 1: 18
Chapel Hill - Determination of Need
1989
Box 1: 19
Chapel Hill - Purchase and sale
1991
Box 1: 20
Clippings
1911-2009
Box 1: 21-22
Clippings
1982-1997
Box 10: 14
Clippings - Mason Wright
1998-1999
Box 1: 23
Computer hardware [diskettes]
ca.1980-1990
Box 1: 24
Computer software
1987-1990
Box 1: 25
Correspondence - Huddy, Richard
1987-1991
Box 1: 26
Correspondence - Secretary copies
1965-1994
Box 1: 27-36
Department of Health reports
ca.1963
Box 1: 37
Development

Site study
1975
Box 1: 38
Determination of Need
1977-1978
Box 1: 39-40
New Loomis House
1978
Box 1: 41-42
Correspondence
1978-1979
Box 1: 43
New Loomis House
1979-1980
Box 1: 44
Architectural drawings, cost
1979-1982
Box 1: 45-46
Aquadro and Cerruyi
1983-1984
Box 2: 1
Architectural drawings, new building
1983-1985
Box 2: 2
Elevators
1986-1987
Box 2: 3
South Hadley
1988
Box 2: 4-5
South Hadley - advertisement clippings
1988
Box 2: 6
South Hadley - Town meeting
1988
Box 2: 7-8
South Hadley - certificates
1989
Box 2: 9
South Hadley - Development Impact Statement
1989
Box 2: 10
South Hadley - names
1989, 1991
Box 2: 11
South Hadley - Town meeting
1989
Box 2: 12
South Hadley - Planning Board
1989-1990
Box 2: 13
Loomis Village
1990
Box 2: 14
Conservation Commission
1990-1993
Box 2: 15-16
Associated Environmental Scientists
1991-1994
Box 2: 17
Loomis Village - architectural drawings, design
1991
Box 2: 18
Loomis Village - Carpenter's Local 108
1991
Box 2: 19
Loomis Village - specifications `
1991 Oct
Box 2: 20-21
Retirement housing concepts
1991
Box 2: 22
Utilities
1992
Box 2: 23
Construction meetings - E.A. Gralia Company
1991-1992
Box 2: 24-25
Site assessment
1992, 1994
Box 2: 26
Loomis Village
1993
Box 2: 27
Schedule
1994
Box 2: 28
Outline specifications
1994
Box 2: 29
Construction meetings - E.A. Gralia Company
1994-1995
Box 2: 30
Certificate, permit
1995
Box 2: 31
Site assessment
1999
Box 2: 32
Equal Access Law - Nursing home access legislation
1987-1988
Box 2: 33
Events - The Good Life, Quality Long Living Expo
1986
Box 2: 34
Financial

Apartment holdings, waitlists, fees
1985-1986
Box 2: 35
Budgets, policies, procedures
1985-1988
Box 2: 36
Fees, rates
1989-2005
Box 2: 37
Holyoke, voluntary contribution
1989
Box 2: 38
Holyoke Home for Aged People
1930-1932
Box 2: 39
Loomis Village
1994
Box 2: 40
Reports
1977
Box 2: 41
South Hadley annual contribution
1991-1992
Box 2: 42
Tax exempt forms
1980-1996
Box 2: 43
Fire evacuation plans
ca.1991
Box 2: 44
Food service
1980-1991
Box 2: 45-46
Furnishings - architectural drawings, designs, tests
1979-1981
Box 3: 1
Furnishings - decoration, design
1986-1987
Box 3: 2
Furnishings- equipment
1992
Box 3: 3
Furnishings - reports
ca.1980
Box 3: 4
Furnishings - tables
1981-1985
Box 3: 5
History
1973-2001
Box 3: 6
History - Holyoke Home for Aged People
1908-1988
Box 3: 7-8
History - Loomis, William S.
ca.1914-1994
Box 3: 9
Home care
1987
Box 3: 10
Home and community based services
1996
Box 3: 11
Huddy, Richard - Daily activities lists
1992
Box 3: 12-14
Huddy, Richard - notes
1984
Box 3: 15
Human Resources

Benefits
1980, 1992
Box 3: 17
Corporate compliance
2000
Box 3: 18
Employee holiday gift fund
1993
Box 3: 19
Employee value building survey
1989
Box 3: 20
Housekeeping
1985-1986
Box 3: 21
Job descriptions
ca.1991
Box 3: 22
Nursing
1985-1988
Box 3: 23
Policies and procedures
1985-1956
Box 3: 24
Laundry
1985-1988
Box 3: 25
Lawsuit - plywood floors
1985
Box 3: 26
Loomis Communities - William Loomis Society pin
ca.1990
Box 3: 27
Loomis House - Lease
1980
Box 3: 28
Loomis House and Loomis Village agreements
1991, 1995
Box 3: 29
Loomis Village - announcement phase
1991
Box 3: 30
Loomis Village - incorporation, legal
1989, 1993
Box 3: 31
Marketing

New Loomis House
1979-1984
Box 3: 32-33
Loomis House - clippings
1983-1986
Box 3: 34
Loomis House - advertising
1984-1985
Box 3: 35
Demographic and industry reports
1986
Box 3: 36
Loomis House
1986-1988
Box 3: 37
WREB radio advertising
1987
Box 3: 38
Loomis House - advertising
1988-1989
Box 3: 39
Loomis Village - informational packets
ca.1989
Box 3: 40
Evaluations, reports
1990
Box 3: 41
Research, strategy
1991-1992
Box 3: 42
Reports
1991-1992
Box 3: 43
Clippings
ca.1991-1992
Box 3: 44
Loomis Village
1992
Box 3: 45
Brochures
ca.1992
Box 3: 46-47
Loomis House, Loomis Village
ca.1993
Box 3: 48
Market analysis report
1993
Box 3: 49
Study proposal
1993
Box 3: 50
Marketing plan report
1994
Box 3: 51
Report, statistics
1994
Box 3: 52
Holiday cards
ca.1995
Box 3: 53
Capital fund campaign
ca.1995
Box 3: 54
Loomis Village - informational packets
1996
Box 3: 55
Fundraising
1991-1999
Box 3: 56
Refer a friend program - informational packets
1999, 2005
Box 4: 1
Postcards
2001
Box 4: 2
Mason Wright

The current Mason Wright Senior Living was originally the Springfield Home for Aged Men and then Springfield Home for the Elderly, and then Mason Wright Retirement Community and Foundation.

Application forms (blank)
1997
Box 4: 3
Architecture, design, utilities
1996-1999
Box 4: 4
Board meeting minutes
1998-2004
Box 4: 5-11
Department of Public Health
1995-1997
Box 4: 12
Finances
1997-2002
Box 4: 13
Group adult foster care
1998-1999
Box 4: 14
Heritage Healthcare Services housekeeping proposal
2003
Box 4: 15
Human resources
1997-1999
Box 4: 16
Human resources - personnel policies
1996
Box 4: 17
Human resources - unions
2002-2003
Box 4: 18
Legal
2003
Box 4: 19
Management
1980, 1988
Box 4: 20
Management
1997-2003
Box 4: 21-30
Marketing
1998-2002
Box 4: 31-32
Mass Performance Evaluation Program (MA PEP)
2002
Box 4: 33
Policies and procedures compliance
2000
Box 4: 34
Residents
2001
Box 4: 35
Residents - questionnaire results
2001
Box 4: 36
Resident agreements
ca.1995-1996
Box 4: 37
Services - child care, food, transportation
1998-2003
Box 4: 38
Strategic planning
2003-2004
Box 4: 39-41
Mass West
1986-1988
Box 4: 42
Oral History for the Local Historical Society, Baum, Willa [book]
1987
Box 4: 43
Oral history release form
2010
Box 4: 44
Patient Self Determination Act
1991
Box 4: 45
Physical therapy
1987
Box 4: 46
Radio services
1993
Box 4: 47
Residency and care agreements
1980-1991
Box 4: 48
Residents

Activities
1985-1991, 1998
Box 4: 49
Activities lists
1986-1989
Box 4: 50
Census summary
1995 Jan-Jun
Box 4: 51
Clippings
1965-1979
Box 4: 52
Correspondence
ca.1978
Box 4: 53
Correspondence - memos
1982-1995, 1999
Box 4: 54-55
Correspondence - Stanley, Margaret
1981-1998
Box 4: 56
Directory
1990-1991
Box 4: 57
Handbook
ca.1986
Box 4: 58
Origin study
1992
Box 4: 59
Poetry
undated
Box 4: 60
Policies - care level, financial aid, rules
1976, 1986-1988
Box 4: 61
Services directory
1994
Box 4: 62
Survey results
1992, 1994
Box 4: 63
Safety
1988-1989
Box 5: 1
Security reports
1989
Box 5: 2
Services - visiting nurses
1986
Box 5: 3
Signs
1986-1989
Box 5: 4
Stonewall Communities
1999-2000
Box 5: 5
Telephone service
1979
Box 5: 6
Transportation
1983-1986
Box 5: 7
Trash removal
1992
Box 5: 8
Volunteers
1988-1991
Box 5: 9
Water service
1978-1980
Box 5: 10
Water service
1989-1994
Box 5: 11
Wheelchair assistance
1986
Box 5: 12
Wright

The current Wright Home for Women was originally the Easthampton Home for Aged Women and then Wright Charities and Wright Homestead.

Admissions
1994
Box 5: 13
Annual meeting
1994-1998
Box 5: 14
Board of Managers
1988-2001
Box 5: 15-19
Board of Managers - letters of resignation
1993-2000
Box 5: 20
By-laws
1987-2000
Box 5: 21
Committee reports
1990-1997
Box 5: 22
Correspondence
1992-2000
Box 5: 23
Correspondence - donations
1987-1995
Box 5: 24
Correspondence - Sansouci, Linda
ca.1990-2000
Box 5: 25
Easthampton Home for Aged Women - history
1915-1996
Box 5: 26
Facilities, utilities
1993-1998
Box 5: 27
Human resources
1985-1993
Box 5: 28
Loomis affiliation
2001-2002
Box 5: 29
Loomis transition
2000
Box 5: 30
Marketing
ca.1990-2000
Box 5: 31
Real estate proposals
2000
Box 5: 32
Series 2: Administrative
1909-2014 (bulk1980-2000)
5 boxes (7.5 linear feet)
Administration
1963-1969
Box 5: 33
Administration - accounting
1986-1987, 1996
Box 5: 34
Administration - schedules
1994
Box 5: 35
Annual meeting
1975
Box 5: 36
Annual meeting
1982-1991
Box 5: 37-38
Annual meeting - invitations
1986-1994
Box 5: 39
Annual report
1985-2000
Box 5: 40-46
Annual report
2012-2014
Box 5: 46
Board of Directors

Lists
1965-1993
Box 5: 47
Meetings
1981-1987
Box 5: 48-56
Meetings
1988-1998
Box 6: 1-28
Meetings
1999-2003
Box 7: 1-10
Profiles
1994
Box 7: 11
Record and report books [16 volumes]
1909-1981
Box 11:
Reports
1983-1985
Box 7: 12-13
Restructuring
ca.1980-1995
Box 7: 14
Retreats
1994-1995
Box 7: 15
Roll call [2 volumes]
1909-1960
Box 11:
Roll call
1986-1996
Box 7: 16
Strategic planning report
1987
Box 7: 17
Task force
1987
Box 7: 18
By-laws
1968-1994
Box 7: 19-21
Certificates
1972-1996, 2002
Box 7: 22-23
Committees

Audit Committee
1991, 1993
Box 7: 23
Buildings and Grounds Committee
1985-1990, 1995
Box 7: 24-25
Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) Committee
1995
Box 7: 26
Development Committee
1987
Box 7: 27
Executive Committee
1982-1988
Box 7: 28-31
Executive Committee
1991, 1995
Box 7: 32
Finance Committee
1982-1984
Box 7: 33
Finance Committee
1987-1988
Box 7: 34-37
Finance Committee
1992
Box 7: 38-39
Finance Committee
1993
Box 8: 1-2
Finance Committee
2001, 2006
Box 8: 3-8
Future Development/Expansion Committee
1995
Box 8: 9
General
1986, 1989
Box 8: 10
History Committee
1991-1995
Box 8: 11
Investment Committee
2001, 2006
Box 8: 12
Medical Committee
1986
Box 8: 13
Nominating Committee
1992, 1995
Box 8: 14
Personnel Committee
1979, 1989
Box 8: 15
Personnel Committee
1995
Box 8: 16
Planning Committee
1987-1991
Box 8: 17-23
Resident Committee
1990, 1995
Box 8: 24
Strategic Planning Committee
1995
Box 8: 25-26
Welcoming Committee
1996-1997
Box 8: 27
Corporation
1982-1992
Box 8: 28
Corporation - member lists
1983-1994
Box 8: 29
Loomis Apartments Residents Association (LARA)

LARA
1982-1989
Box 8: 30-36
LARA
1990-1993
Box 8: 37
LARA
1998-1999
Box 8: 38
LARA
2000-2005
Box 9: 1-6
By-laws
1983-1993
Box 9: 7
Christmas fund
1985-1995
Box 9: 8
Elections
1985-1999
Box 9: 9
Nursing Center Residents Handbook
1991
Box 9: 10
Obituaries
1991-1999
Box 9: 11
Position descriptions
1994-1996
Box 9: 12
Scholarship Committee
1991-1997
Box 9: 13
Unique Boutique store
1994-1995
Box 9: 14
United Way
1987-1994
Box 9: 15
Series 3: Publications
1985-2015
.25 boxes (.5 linear feet)
The Advisor
2000
Box 9: 16
Applewood Moments - Judice, Frank [CD-ROM]
2014
Box 9: 17
Community Crier
1999-2001
Box 9: 18-20
Fresh Picks from Applewood
2001
Box 9: 21
Inside Look
2012
Box 9: 22
In Our Own Words
1990
Box 9: 23
The Loomis Advantage
1996, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005
Box 9: 24
Loomis Communities [newsletter], issue 1
2002
Box 9: 24a
Loomis House Chatter
1996
Box 9: 25
Loomis House News
1985-1995
Box 9: 26-30
Vendors - publishing services
1986-1988
Box 9: 31
The Villager
1990, 1996, 1999
Box 9: 32
The Villager
2002-2015
Box 9: 33-45
Series 4: Visual Materials
1935-2005 (bulk1980-1999)
1 box (1 linear foot)
Photographs - Sheldon, Barbara
ca.1935
Box 9: 46
Photographs
1966-1985
Box 9: 47-52
Photographs
1986-1990
Box 10: 1-5
Photographs
1992-2005
Box 10: 6-9
Photographic negatives
ca.1986-1995
Box 10: 10
Slides
1994
Box 10: 11-13
Series 5: Oral Histories
2010
2010 Jul 08
2010 Jul 08
2010 Jun 10
2010 Jun 10
2010 Jun 30
2010 Jul 09
2010 Jul 21
2010 Jun 23
2010 Jul 02
2010 Jul 05
2010 Mar 16
2010 Jul 14
2010 Jul 22
2010 Jun 09

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Loomis Communities, 2010, 2015.

Digitized content

Selected material from the Loomis Communities Records has been digitized and is available online through Credo.

Processing Information

Processed by Joanna Nevins, 2016 and Blake Spitz, 2017.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Loomis Communities Records (MS 685). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects

  • Holyoke (Mass.)--History.
  • Loomis Village Retirement Community.
  • Older people--Care--Massachusetts
  • Retirees--Massachusetts
  • Retirement communities--Massachusetts
  • Retirement--Massachusetts

Contributors

  • Loomis Communities [main entry]
  • Holyoke Home for Aged People.

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