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Carlos Heiligmann Collection

2002-2018
537 images (digital)
Call no.: PH 076

Since his youth in Mexico City, Carlos Heiligmann has traveled with a camera in hand. An industrial engineer by training and documentary photographer by nature, he has captured images throughout his world travels, and recently has concentrated on recording libraries in the small towns of western Massachusetts.

The digital photographs that comprise this collection document nearly four dozen public libraries in Berkshire, Franklin, and Hampshire counties in western Massachusetts.

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Background on Carlos Heiligmann


An image of: Griswold Memorial Library, Colrain, Mass.

Griswold Memorial Library, Colrain, Mass.

Growing up in Mexico City, Carlos Heiligmann spent his free time exploring the Mexican capital by bicycle and taking photographs wherever he went, using a simple Kodak Holiday Brownie camera and Kodak 127 black and white film to capture images as far out as the Central Airport. As he got older and migrated to the United States, he carried his interest in photography with him, remaining active during his service in the U.S. Air Force, through college, and into his career as an industrial engineer.

Heiligmann writes that he views photography primarily as a practical tool for recording and preserving images of the world around him, rather than an instrument for experimentation or creative artistry. This documentary approach is exemplified by the thousands of images he has taken over the years of important structures, ranging from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, and La Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Boston's Trinity Church. More recently, he has re-focused his attention on Western Massachusetts, where he photographs the facades and interiors of the region's public libraries.

Always traveling with a camera, Heiligmann takes photographs throughout the year, although he writes that he prefers the warmer months when he can travel in his 1947 DeSoto, the car he brought to the U.S. from Mexico decades ago.

Scope of collection

The majority of photographs in this collection were taken by Carlos Heiligmann in conjunction his wife Kathy Heiligmann's book on public libraries in Western Massachusetts. Shot digitally in both color and black and white, the photographs include exterior and interior shots of libraries, primarily in small towns in Berkshire, Franklin, and Hampshire counties. Heiligmann occasionally photographs other buildings in the towns he visited.

Inventory

Adams (Mass.)
2017-2018
2018
10 images
2017
5 images
Amherst (Mass.)
2018
2018
7 images
Ashfield (Mass.)
2016-2017
2018
15 images
2016
4 images
Athol (Mass.)
2017
2017
9 images
Belchertown (Mass.)
2017
2017
10 images
Bernardston (Mass.)
2017
2017
4 images
Brookfield (Mass.)
2018
2018
10 images
Buckland (Mass.)
2016
2016
12 images
Charlemont (Mass.)
2016
2106
10 images
Cheshire (Mass.)
2017
2017
2 images
Chesterfield (Mass.)
2017
Clarksburg (Mass.)
2017
2017
5 images
Colrain (Mass.)
2016-2017
2016-2017
22 images
Conway (Mass.)
2016-2017
2016-2017
24 images
Cummington (Mass.)
2017
2017
7 images
Dalton (Mass.)
2017
East Brookfield (Mass.)
2018
Erving (Mass.)
2017
2017
2 images
Florence (Mass.)
2017
2017
2 images
Florida (Mass.)
2017
Gilbertville (Mass.)
2018
Gill (Mass.)
2002-2017
2002-2017
1 images
Goshen (Mass.)
2017
Granby (Mass.)
2017
Greenfield (Mass.)
2016
Hadley (Mass.)
2017
2017
3 images
Hardwick (Mass.)
2018
Hatfield (Mass.)
2017
2017
11 images
Hawley (Mass.)
2017
Heath (Mass.)
2016
Hinsdale (Mass.)
2017
2017
8 images
Lanesborough (Mass.)
2017
2017
2 images
Lee (Mass.)
2018
2018
13 images
Lenox (Mass.)
2018
2018
23 images
Leverett (Mass.)
2016-2017
2016-2017
3 images
Leyden (Mass.)
2016-2017
2016-2017
10 images
Millers Falls (Mass.)
2017
2017
1 images
Monroe (Mass.)
2002-2016
2002-2016
5 images
Montague Center (Mass.)
2017
2017
6 images
New Salem (Mass.)
2003-2017
2003-2017
5 images
2017
3 images
North Adams (Mass.)
2017
2017
2 images
Northfield (Mass.)
2017
2017
2 images
Northampton (Mass.)
2017
2017
12 images
Orange (Mass.)
2002-2017
2002
2 images
2017
13 images
Pelham (Mass.)
2017
2017
3 images
Peru (Mass.)
2017
2017
2 images
Peterborough (N.H.)
2016
Petersham (Mass.)
2018
2018
images
Pittsfield (Mass.)
2017
2017
8 images
Plainfield (Mass.)
2017
2017
1 images
Rowe (Mass.)
2002-2017
2014
3 images
2002-2017
8 images
Savoy (Mass.)
2017
Shelburne (Mass.)
2017
2016-2017
9 images
Shelburne Falls (Mass.)
2016-2017
2016-2017
8 images
Shutesbury (Mass.)
2003-2017
2002-2017
8 images
South Amherst (Mass.)
2017
2017
9 images
South Deerfield (Mass.)
207
2017
9 images
Sunderland (Mass.)
2017
Turners Falls (Mass.)
2016
2016
2 images
Ware (Mass.)
2018
Warwick (Mass.)
2002-2017
2017
4 images
Wendell (Mass.)
2017
2017
3 images
West Brookfield (Mass.)
2018
Whately (Mass.)
2018
Williamsburg (Mass.)
2017
2017
4 images
Windsor (Mass.)
2017
Worthington (Mass.)
2017
2017
3 images

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Carlos Heiligmann, June 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, July 2017.

Digitized content

All images in this collection have been digitized are may be viewed online through SCUA's digital repository, Credo.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Carlos Heiligmann Collection (PH 076). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects

  • Amherst (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Ashfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Athol (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Belchertown (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Bernardston (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Brookfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Buckland (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Charlemont (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Cheshire (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Chesterfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Church buildings--Massachusetts
  • Clarksburg (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Colrain (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Conway (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Cummington (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Dalton (Mass.)--Photographs
  • East Brookfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Erving (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Florence (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Florida (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Gilbertville (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Gill (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Goshen (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Granby (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Greenfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Hadley (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Hardwick (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Hartfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Hawley (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Heath (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Hinsdale (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Lanesborough (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Lee (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Lenox (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Leverett (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Leyden (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Millers Falls (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Monroe (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Montage Center (Mass.)--Photographs
  • New Salem (Mass.)--Photographs
  • North Adams (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Northampton (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Northfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Orange (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Pelham (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Peru (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Peterborough (N.H.)--Photographs
  • Petersham (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Pittsfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Plainfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Public libraries--Massachusetts
  • Rowe (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Savoy (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Shelburne (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Shelburne Falls (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Shutesbury (Mass.)--Photographs
  • South Amherst (Mass.)--Photographs
  • South Deerfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Sunderland (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Turners Falls (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Ware (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Warwick (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Wendell (Mass.)--Photographs
  • West Brookfield (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Whately (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Williamsburg (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Windsor (Mass.)--Photographs
  • Worthington (Mass.)--Photographs

Genres and formats

  • Photographs

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