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Haymarket People’s Fund

Haymarket People's Fund Western Massachusetts Records

4 boxes 4 linear feet
Call no.: MS 336

A granting agency that advises and provides funding for grass roots, non-profit projects and organizations in order to bring about broad social change by addressing local issues and community needs. Records include minutes, reports, correspondence, successful and unsuccessful grant applications from Western Massachusetts organizations, grant source information, and grantee materials including organization reports, publications, member lists, clippings, and other materials.

Historical Note

The Haymarket People’s Fund (HPF), a granting agency that advises and provides funding for grass roots, non-profit projects and organizations, was founded in 1974 by George Pillsbury and other young people with inherited wealth interested in bringing about broad social change by addressing local issues and community needs. Specifically, HPF seeks to “help people understand the sources of social and economic injustice in our country and how to change them; to support people trying to take control of their lives through challenging established power, learning how to use leadership, and developing self-respect; and to work towards the shared vision of a non-oppressive, life-supporting society” (1983-1984 Annual Report).

Between 1976 and 1977, the structure of HPF evolved from one community decision-making board in Boston to eight autonomous boards, one for each New England state and two for Massachusetts and Connecticut. From 1977 until 1983, one member of each regional board sat on the New England Board which reviewed and approved grant proposals and served as a board of directors. In 1983, HPF established the Coordinating Council, responsible for general administration of the fund, developing financial and personnel policies, and fund-raising plans.

Since 1975, the HPF of Western Massachusetts has distributed grants and provided emergency loans to hundreds of grassroots organizations that serve food, clothing, shelter, health and education needs in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties. They have provided specialized services in the areas of AIDS education, substance abuse counseling, day care, elderly care, rape prevention and have worked to organize community support around the rights of women, minority or ethnic populations, workers, tenants, people with disabilities, and gay men and women. HPF has also educated and assisted potential donors in their investment and donation decisions.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Haymarket People’s Fund records document the breadth and variety of projects, organizations and coalitions supported by the fund throughout its history in Western Massachusetts and reveal social issues of concern to local communities and the broader region over a period of 25 years. The efforts of grantees and their impact both locally and nationally is well-represented for particular organizations. Records include minutes, reports, correspondence, successful and unsuccessful grant applications, grant source information, and grantee materials including organization reports, publications, member lists, clippings and other materials.

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Preferred Citation

Cite as: Haymarket People’s Fund, Western Massachusetts Records (MS 336). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from: Elizabeth Mock, 1990.


Accretions expected. Accretions in the Container Listing in 1994 and 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, 1990.

Additional Information

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Contents List
Minutes, reports
Box 1:1
Alternative Energy Coalition of Hampden County
Box 1:2
Amherst Community Resource Center/Western Mass. Welfare Coalition
Box 1:3
Associacion Latina Progresso y Accion
Box 1:4
Battered People’s Project
Box 1:5
Berkshire Community Education Group
Box 1:6
Berkshire Model Education Program
Box 1:7
Berkshire Union of Community Organizers
Box 1:8
Berkshire Voices Collective
Box 1:9
Butterfly Education Arts/Women’s Media Coalition
Box 1:10
Casa Latina/Hampshire Community Action Commission (Noticiero Latina)
Box 1:11
Center for Community Access TV (CCATV)
Box 1:12
Che Lumumba Multicultural Community Education Project
Box 1:13
CISPES/Center for Reflective Action
Box 1:14
Committee for Childcare in Crisis (CCC)
Box 1:15
Community Union Rural Development Corporation
Box 1:16
Correctional Change Group
Box 1:17
Council of Churches of Greater Springfield/Committee to End Apartheid
Box 1:18
Cultural Workers Collective
Box 1:19
Evergreen Defense Fund
Box 1:20
Franklin Training Corp.
Box 1:21
Gray House, Inc./Motherhouse of Sisters of St. Joseph
Box 1:22
Gray Panthers/Faith Church of Springfield
Box 1:23
Hampshire County Employed/Unemployed Council
Box 1:24
Holyoke YWCA/Greater Holyoke Women’s Center
Box 1:25
July 4th Coalition, Western Mass. Chapter
Box 1:26
Labor Relations and Research Center, University of Mass.
Box 1:27
Last Resort, The
Box 1:28
Little Apple, The
Box 2:29
Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH)
Box 2:30
Mass. Organization of Disabled Workers
Box 2:31
Mass. People’s History Project
Box 2:32
Mobilization for Survival, Northampton
Box 2:33
Native American Solidarity Committee
Box 2:34
Box 2:35
New England Small Farm Inst./W. Mass. Energy, Environment and Agri. Resource Network
Box 2:36
New Unity
Box 2:37
Northampton Veterans’ Coalition
Box 2:38
Open Door/Association for Retarded Citizens
Box 2:39
Box 2:40
Parents for Peace
Box 2:41
Patria Libre
Box 2:42
People for Economic Survival
Box 2:43
People for Peace of Southern Berkshire
Box 2:44
Puerto Rican Congress
Box 2:45
Puerto Rican Solidarity Committee
Box 2:46
Puerto Rican Solidarity Committee, Springfield
Box 2:47
Southern Africa Solidarity Committee/ANC
Box 2:48
Spanish American Union/Springfield Citizens Coalition for Justice
Box 2:49
Springfield Health Coalition/Family Planning Council of Western Mass.
Box 2:50
Springfield Rape Crisis Center
Box 2:51
Springfield Women’s Union
Box 2:52
Students United for Public Education
Box 2:53
Sunday News Collective
Box 2:54
12 to 1
Box 2:55
Union of Student Employees
Box 2:56
University of Mass. Labor Community Support Network
Box 2:57
Urban Ministry/United Citizens Action League
Box 2:58
Valley Womens Martial Arts
Box 2:59
Valley Womens Union
Box 2:60
Western Mass. Latin American Solidarity Committee
Box 2:61
Western Mass. Native American
Box 2:62
Women Against Violence in Pornography and Media
Box 2:63
Women’s Caucus of the Northampton Committee on El Salvador
Box 2:64
Women’s Center of North Berkshire Community Action
Box 2:65
Work, Inc.
Box 2:66
Berkshire Amistad
Box 3:1
Berkshire Forum
Box 3:2
Bernardston Country Estate Mobile Home Tenants Association
Box 3:3
Central America Education Project
Box 3:4
Casa Latina
Box 3:5
CIA Protest Defense Committee
Box 3:6
Citizens for a Quality Environment
Box 3:7
Contruyamos Juntos/Building Peace in Nicaragua
Box 3:8
Critical Times
Box 3:9
Cultural Images Group
Box 3:10
Equity Institute
Box 3:11
Face to Face
Box 3:12
Florence Heights Tenants Action Project
Box 3:13
Franklin County M.E.N.
Box 3:14
Franklin County Committee on Central America
Box 3:15
Friends of Comadre
Box 3:16
Greenfield Area Community Land Trust
Box 3:17
Hampden County Women’s Center
Box 3:18
H.E.R.A. Inc. (Hotline to End Rape and Abuse)
Box 3:19
Housing Discrimination Project
Box 3:20
Housing Now
Box 3:21
Industrial Policy Group
Box 3:22
Box 3:23
Lifeline Institute
Box 3:24
Massachusetts Anti-Hunger Coalition
Box 3:25
Mayor’s Committee on Social Development
Box 3:26
Massachusetts Campaign for Jobs and Justice
Box 3:27
New England Central America Network
Box 3:28
New Neighborhood/Barrio Nuevo, Inc.
Box 3:29
Nicaragua: The New Dawn
Box 3:30
No-GWEN Alliance: GWEN Project
Box 3:31
Northampton Community Land Trust
Box 3:32
Northern Berkshire Labor Coalition
Box 3:33
Northampton Committee on Central America
Box 3:34
Nueva Esperanza, Inc.
Box 3:35
Open Door Club
Box 3:36
People With AIDS Coalition of Western Massachusetts
Box 3:37
Planning Committee for a State-wide Women’s Conference in Vermont
Box 3:38
River Valley Voice
Box 3:39
Third World Women’s Task Force
Box 3:40
Box 3:41
University Childcare Employees Association
Box 3:42
Urban Ministry Inc.
Box 3:43
Valley Women’s Martial Arts
Box 3:44
Veterans Fast for Life Support Group
Box 3:45
Western Massachusetts Coalition Against Apartheid
Box 3:46
Western Massachusetts Ecoomic Conversion Coalition
Box 3:47
Western Massachusetts Harvest Brigade
Box 3:48
Western Massachusetts Labor Committee on Central America
Box 3:49
Western Massachusetts Senior Action
Box 3:50
Worcester-Compala Sister City Project
Box 3:51
Workers’ Legal Union
Box 3:52
Young Hope Healers of Our Planet Earth
Box 3:53
Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts
Box 4:1
Allen Park Tenant’s Association
Box 4:2
American Friends Service Committee Western Massachusetts Office
Box 4:3
Anti-Displacement Project
Box 4:4
Arise, Poor People and Welfare Rights Organization
Box 4:5
Cambodian American Association of Western Massachusetts
Box 4:6
Campaign for a Citizen’s Budget
Box 4:7
Center for Community Education and Action
Box 4:8
Center for Popular Economics
Box 4:9
Central Massachusetts Senior Action Council Chapter
Box 4:10
Citizens Awareness Network
Box 4:11
Clean Water Action
Box 4:12
Community Supported Agriculture at Indian Line Farm
Box 4:13
Do Ask More Citizen Council
Box 4:14
El Arco Iris
Box 4:15
Fitchburg Spanish Council, Inc.
Box 4:16
Franklin County Coalition for a Safe Community
Box 4:17
Franklin Housing Alliance
Box 4:18
Franklin Mediation Service
Box 4:19
Free Women’s School
Box 4:20
Innu Solidarity Committee
Box 4:21
Juneteenth Solidarity Walk
Box 4:22
The Learning Tree
Box 4:23
Massachusetts Assistive Technology Stavros
Box 4:24
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (Mass. WOOSH)
Box 4:25
Massachusetts Senior Action Council, Inc. Western Massachusetts (MSAC)
Box 4:26
Massachusetts Tenants Resource Center — West
Box 4:27
Men’s Resource Center
Box 4:28
Men’s Resource Connection, Inc.
Box 4:29
Middle East Peace Coalition
Box 4:30
Millers River Self-Help Network
Box 4:31
Natural Organic Farmers of Massachusetts
Box 4:32
New England Central American Network
Box 4:33
The New England Committee for the 1993 March on Washington
Box 4:34
Nipponzan Myohoji — Peace Pagoda of N.E.
Box 4:35
Nuestras Raices
Box 4:36
People for a Socially Responsible University
Box 4:37
Pioneer Valley Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth Group
Box 4:38
Pioneer Valley Pro-Democracy Campaign
Box 4:39
Positive Development / El Arco Iris
Box 4:40
Progreso Latino, Inc.
Box 4:41
Progressive Women’s Network
Box 4:42
Salvadoran Coffee Boycott Committee
Box 4:43
Southern Africa Working Group
Box 4:44
Spanish-American Union
Box 4:45
Springfield Area Central America Project
Box 4:46
Tibetan U.S. Resettlement Project-Amherst
Box 4:47
Traprock Peace Center
Box 4:48
Valley Citizens for A Sale Environment
Box 4:49
Valley Trade Connection
Box 4:50
Veterans Education Project
Box 4:51
Western Massachusetts Community Loan Fund Anti Displacement Project
Box 4:52
Western Massachusetts COSH
Box 4:53
Western Massachusetts Housing Now
Box 4:54
The Wetlands Action Committee
Box 4:55
Worcester Interfaith
Box 4:56
Worcester Latino Coalition
Box 4:57
Worker-Ownership Resource Center
Box 4:58


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Haymarket People's Fund (Boston, Mass.)