Arthur Mange taught in the Biology Department at University of Massachusetts Amherst for 31 years before retiring in 1995. A co-author of numerous works in human genetics, Mange served on the chair of the Conservation Committee in Amherst, and currently serves on the Burnett Gallery Committee. In 1983, his New England images were featured in Across the Valley (from Cummington to New Salem) held at the Burnett Gallery. This exhibition was followed at the Hitchcock Center in 1984 with Delight in Familiar Forms (celebrating some well-known plants and animals), with Ring Bell to Admit Bird at the Jones Library and Net Prophet at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Architectural Sights -- Big and Small, Mange's most recent show (2002), appeared at the Burnett Gallery. In addition to exhibitions, Mange has also donated collections for fund-raising auctions at New York University, the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center, the Amherst Historical Society, Jones Library, and the Amherst Community Arts Center.
His photographic collection spans more than half a century of subjects reflecting his varied interests in animals, plants, our region, gravestones, what he calls "whimsical signs," and attention-grabbing shadows.
The collection is open for research.
Background on Arthur Mange
Arthur Mange joined the Zoology Department (later the Biology Department) at the University of Massachusetts from the Midwest in 1964. He taught primarily genetics and with his wife, Elaine, co-authored several award-winning college textbooks of human genetics. Following retirement in 1997, he served on a number of committees in Amherst, including chair of the Conservation Commission, and currently serves on the Committee for the Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library in Amherst. Mange is a member of the Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists, whose members are dedicated to fine art photography. This group maintains rotating exhibits at the Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Bay State Hospital in Springfield, and the Nashawannuck Gallery in Easthampton.
For over half a century, Mange has taken thousands of black and white photographs of varied subjects. The pictures are from many places around the world, with about half of them from New England and the East coast. Like many photographers, Mange tries to present interesting (if possible unusual or artful), real-life images with nice composition, form, texture, and resolution. They faithfully record things that have caught his eye along the way.
Mange has participated in a score of solo or group photo shows at hospitals, libraries, banks, and other sites in Amherst, Northampton, Pelham, Hadley, Leverett, and Southampton. The subject of these shows have included mysterious images including close-ups, gravestones, plants and animals, architecture, local sights, windows, pictures taken looking down, whimsical signs, and travel pictures.
Solo and Two-Person Shows
Arthur Mange's collection of photographs consists of 339 images taken from 1965 to 2010. His subjects vary widely, from scenes around New England and New York City to scenes captured more locally from Amherst and Hadley to New Salem. Common themes include studies of nature, buildings, patterns, whimsical signs, attention-grabbing shadows, and gravestones.
Mange has used a number of single-lens reflex cameras over the years and 35-mm black and white film on multi-grade luster-surface RC papers, with hardly any alterations except cropping and burning some unwanted highlighted areas. As of 2011, Mange has approximately 35,000 35-mm negatives of his work; from these he has printed around 2,500.
Acquired from Arthur Mange in 2005 (200 photographs), 2007 (50 photographs), and 2011 (89 photographs.
Processed by SCUA staff, January 2011
Cite as: Arthur P. Mange Photograph Collection (PH 044). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.