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Enfield (Mass.)

Enfield (Mass.) Collection, 1800-1939.

8 boxes (4 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 010
Birdseye view of Enfield, ca.1915
Birdseye view of Enfield, ca.1915

Situated at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Swift River in western Massachusetts, Enfield was the largest and southernmost of the four towns inundated in 1939 to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Incorporated as a town in 1816, Enfield was relatively prosperous in the nineteenth century on an economy based on agriculture and small-scale manufacturing, reaching a population of just over 1,000 by 1837. After thirty years of seeking a suitably large and reliable water supply for Boston, the state designated the Swift River Valley as the site for a new reservoir and with its population relocated, Enfield was officially disincorporated on April 28, 1938.

The records of the town of Enfield, Mass., document nearly the entire history of the largest of four towns inundated to create the Quabbin Reservoir. The core of the collection consists of records of town meetings and of the activities of the town Selectmen, 1804-1938, but there are substantial records for the Enfield Congregational Church. The School Committee, Overseers of the Poor, the town Library Association, and groups such as the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Bethel Masonic Lodge.

Subjects

  • Enfield (Mass.)--History
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Politics and government
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Religious life and customs
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Social life and customs
  • Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--History
  • Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--Social life and customs
  • Women--Societies and clubs

Contributors

  • Daughters of the American Revolution. Captain Joseph Hooker Chapter (Enfield, Mass.)
  • Enfield (Mass. : Town)
  • Enfield (Mass. : Town). Overseers of the Poor
  • Enfield (Mass. : Town). Prudential Committee
  • Enfield (Mass. : Town). School Committee
  • Enfield Congregational Church (Enfield, Mass.)
  • Enfield Congregational Church (Enfield, Mass.). Women's Auxiliary
  • Enfield Congregational Church (Enfield, Mass.). Women's Missionary Society

Types of material

  • Account books
  • Church records
  • Photographs
  • Sermons

Greenwich (Mass.)

Greenwich (Mass.) Collection, 1734-1940.

3 folders (plus digital) (0.25 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 011

Granted in 1737 and incorporated in 1754, Greenwich, Mass., was the first town in the Swift River Valley settled by Europeans. Sitting astride the East and Middle branches of the Swift River and forming the eastern boundary of Hampshire County, Greenwich was primarily an agricultural town with light manufacturing and, beginning in the later nineteenth century, an active tourist trade. The town’s population peaked at over 1,100 early in the nineteenth century, declining slowly thereafter.

The records of Greenwich, Mass., offer a long perspective on the history of the region inundated to create the Quabbin Reservoir. The core of this collection consists of the records of town meetings and the Selectmen of Greenwich from the Proprietary period in the 1730s through disincorporation in 1938, but there is some documentation of the town’s Congregational Church, a local school, the library, and the Greenwich Improvement Society. This finding aid reflects both materials held by SCUA and materials digitized in partnership with the Swift River Valley Historical Society in New Salem, Mass.

Subjects

  • Congregational churches--Massachusetts--Greenwich--History
  • Education--Massachusetts--Greenwich--History
  • Fires--Massachusetts--Greenwich--Histor
  • Greenwich (Mass.)--History
  • Greenwich (Mass.)--Politics and government
  • Greenwich (Mass.)--Religious life and customs
  • Greenwich (Mass.)--Social life and customs
  • Libraries--Massachusetts--Greenwich
  • Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--History
  • Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--Social life and customs

Contributors

  • Greenwich (Mass. : Town)
  • Greenwich (Mass. : Town). School Committee
  • Greenwich (Mass. : Town). Treasurer
  • Greenwich Improvement Society

Types of material

  • Account books
  • Church records
  • Photographs

Brinley Family

Brinley Family Papers, 1643-1950.

(4.75 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 161
Deborah Brinley and infant son Francis, 1729<br />Copy by Charles U. Bond (1830)<br />after John Smibert
Deborah Brinley and infant son Francis, 1729
Copy by Charles U. Bond (1830)
after John Smibert

A prosperous family of merchants and landowners, the Brinleys were well ensconced among the social and political elite of colonial New England. Connected by marriage to other elite families in Rhode Island and Massachusetts — the Auchmutys, Craddocks, and Tyngs among them — the Brinleys were refined, highly educated, public spirited, and most often business-minded. Although many members of the family remained loyal to the British cause during the Revolution, the family retained their high social standing in the years following.

The Brinley collection includes business letters, legal and business records, wills, a fragment of a diary, documents relating to slaves, newspaper clippings, and a small number of paintings and artifacts. A descendent, Nancy Brinley, contributed a quantity of genealogical research notes and photocopies of Brinley family documents from other repositories. Of particular note in the collection is a fine nineteenth century copy of a John Smibert portrait of Deborah Brinley (1719), an elegant silver tray passed through the generations, and is a 1713 list of the library of Francis Brinley, which offers a foreshadowing of the remarkable book collection put together in the later nineteenth century by his descendant George Brinley.

Subjects

  • American loyalists--Massachusetts
  • Book collectors--United States--History--19th century
  • Brinley family
  • Brinley, George, 1817-1875--Library
  • Businessmen--Massachusetts--History
  • Businessmen--Rhode Island--History
  • Craddock family
  • Landowners--Massachusetts--History
  • Landowners--Rhode Island--History
  • Libraries--Rhode Island--18th century
  • Massachusetts--Economic conditions--18th century
  • Massachusetts--Politics and government--19th century
  • Rhode Island--Economic conditions--18th century
  • Rhode Island--Genealogy
  • Rhode Island--Politics and government--19th century
  • Slavery--United States--History
  • Tyng family
  • United Empire Loyalists

Types of material

  • Deeds
  • Realia

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[ A ][ B ][ C ][ D ][ E ][ F ][ G ][ H ][ I, J ][ K ][ L ][ M ][ N ]
[ O ][ P, Q ][ R ][ S ][ T ][ U ][ V ][ W ][ XYZ ]

B

Baccalaureate Day
see Press Information (Commencement) RG-1/7/1
Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC)
RG-11/4
Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration Newsletter (1973- )
RG-11/4
Baha’i Club (Religious Club) (1972-1997)
RG-45/70/B3
Bands (Music and Dance Department)
RG-25/M9.2
Banqueteer, Aggie
see Aggie Banqueteer RG-45/00/A2
Baseball (Men’s)
see Sports-Men’s Baseball (1868- ) RG-18/2
Basketball (Men’s)
see Sports-Men’s Basketball (1898- ) RG-18/2
Basketball (Women’s)
see Sports-Women’s Basketball (1978- ) RG-18/2
Bathrooms, Coed (Physical Plant) (1981)
RG-36/50/B3
see also Office of Residential Resource Management RG-30/21/1
Baton Twirling
see Sports-Women’s Baton Twirling (1973) RG-18/2
Bay State Ruralist (1912-1917)
RG-45/00/B2
BCC
see Boston Church of Christ (1990- ) (Religious Group) RG-45/70/B6
BCP
see Bilingual Collegiate Program (BCP) (1974- ) RG-6/4/6.5
BDIC
see Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) (College of Arts and Sciences) RG-11/4
BDIC Newsletter (1973-1987)
RG-11/4
Beacon (1970- )
RG-13/00
Beautification Committee, Campus
see Campus Beautification Committee RG-40/2/C.6
Beef and Sheep Highlights (Extension Service, Cooperative) (1958, 1967-1975)
RG-15/8
see also Sheep Shearing (1947, 1954-1955) RG-15/8
Behavior Program, Neuroscience and
see Neuroscience and Behavior Program RG-25/N5
Behavioral Biology, Department of
see Psychology–Behavioral Biology, Dept. of RG-25/P8
Behavioral Sciences Faculty
see Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty RG-11/30
Berkshire County Cooperative Extension (1915-1989)
RG-15/8/.81
Beta Alpha Psi (Honor Society)
see Accounting Department–Beta Alpha Psi RG-25/A2
Beta Gamma Sigma
RG-45/60/B2.5
Beta Kappa Phi (1985-1996)
RG-45/90/B4
Beta Theta of Sigma Gamma Epsilon
see Sigma Gamma Epsilon (1949- ) RG-45/90/S5.35
Bibliofile, The (1987, 1994)
RG-45/00/B4
Bibliography, Faculty/Staff
see Faculty/Staff Bibliography (collective) RG-40/4
Bibliography Library Collections
see Collection Development (Library) RG-8/2
Bibliography, Organization Charts (University as a Whole) (1949- )
RG-1/00/1
Bicentennial Committee
see Inter-Campus Committee RG-3/100
Bi-Cultural Education
see Bi-Lingual, Bi-Cultural Education, Center for RG-13/3/21/6
Biff, The Weekly
see Weekly Biff, The (1910) RG-45/00/W4
Bilingual Collegiate Program (BCP) (1974- )
RG-6/4/6.5
Bilingual Collegiate Program–Springfield/UMass Minority Achievement Program (SUMMA)
RG-6/4/6.5
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1991)
RG-25/B5
Biodiversity Conservation Program (1990)
RG-25/F6/3
Biographies (Alumni)
see Obituaries, Biographies (Alumni) RG-50/00/2
Biography, Lists, Directories, Faculty/Staff
see Faculty/Staff Biography, Lists, Directories (collective) RG-40/10
see also Individual Members of Faculty and Staff RG-40/11
Biological Hazards Committee (Research and Graduate Studies)
RG-9/1/2/4
Biological Sciences Library (1962- )
RG-8/3/9
Biology
RG-25/B6
see also Zoology Department RG-25/Z5
Botany Department RG-25/B8
Biology, Plant
see Plant Biology RG-25/P4.5
Biomedical Research Support Grants
see Faculty Research Grant, Biomedical Research Support Grant (F RG/BS RG) (Research and Graduate Studies) RG-9/2/3
Biopharmaceutical Research Unit
see Public Health, Division of–Biopharmaceutical Research Unit RG-17/1
BIOrhythms (1997- )
RG-25/B6/00
Biosci Journal (1995- )
RG-25/B6/00
Note: A journal of undergraduate research at UMass/Amherst.
Biostatistics Technical Reports (1977)
see Public Health, Division of–Biostatistics Technical Reports
RG-17/1
Biotechnology Program
RG-25/B7
Biotechnology Program Committee (1985- )
RG-40/2/B5
Bisexual Concerns
see Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns, The Chancellors Task Force on (1993- ) RG-40/2/G2
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns, Support Group for RG-40/2/G3
Programs for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns RG-30/2/6
Bits and Bytes (1965-1989)
RG-29/00/1
Black and other Minority Students, Committee for the Collegiate Education of
see Committee for the Collegiate Education of Black and other Minority Students (CCEBMS) (1967- ) RG-6/4/12
Black Culture Center (New Africa House)
RG-30/26
Black Mass Communications Project (BMCP) (1968- )
RG-45/30/B4
Black Repertory Theatre
RG-25/T3.6
Black Student Union
RG-45/19
Black Students at UMass and in Western Massachusetts
RG-45/15
see also Protests and Demonstrations RG-45/101
Student Life RG-1/204
New Africa House RG-36/100
Lecturers from outside the University RG-1/12
Black Studies, Contributions to
see Contributions to Black Studies RG-60/5/00
Black Studies Program
see Afro-American Studies, W.E.B. Du Bois Dept. of RG-25/A4
see also Five College Cooperation RG-60/5
Five College Black Studies RG-60/5/3
Blue Prints (Cartographic Materials)
RG-181/1
Blues Band (1985- )
RG-45/40/B4
BMCP
see Black Mass Communications Project (BMCP) (1968- ) RG-45/30/B4
Board of Control Annual Report (Experiment Station) (1888, 1893, 1894)
see Experiment Station (State Station, 1882-1895)–Board of Control Annual Report (1888, 1893, 1894) RG-15/2.1
Board of Control Meetings (Experiment Station) (1882-1895)
see Experiment Station (State Station, 1882-1895)–Board of Control Meetings (1882-1895) RG-15/2.1
Board of Governors
RG-37/11
Board of Higher Education (1996- )
see Higher Education Coordinating Council (1991-1996) RG-1/5
Board of Higher Education, Massachusetts
see Massachusetts Board of Higher Education RG-1/3
Board of Regents (1980-1991)
RG-1/4
see also Massachusetts Board of Higher Education RG-1/3
Higher Education Coordinating Council RG-1/5
Board of Trustees
see Trustees RG-2
Board of Trustees, Faculty Delegate to the
see Faculty to the Board of Trustees (Faculty Senate, 1971-1972) RG-40/2/A3
Boarding Club, MAC (1884)
RG-45/40/B6.2
Bologna, UMass Program at
see French and Italian Department–Bologna, UMASS Program at RG-25/F9/3
Boltwood Project (Social Action Group) (1983- )
RG-45/80/B6
see also Belchertown State School Friends Association (BSSFA) MS302
Bond Center for Equal Education
see Horace Mann Bond Center for Equal Education RG-13/4/10
see also Status Report–Reports to Chancellor (1982) RG-4/00
Book Club, MAC (1908-1925)
RG-45/40/B6.4
Book for Little Loving Children Needing Guidance (1+1=/=3) (1973)
RG-45/00/B6
Books for College Libraries (Library) (1967-1974)
RG-8/4/2
Boston Church of Christ (BCC) (Religious Group) (1990-1993)
RG-45/70/B6
Boston Library Consortium (1975- )
RG-8/10
Boston, UMass
see UMass Boston (1964- ) RG-55/3
Boston University Combined Degree, Granting with UMass and Simmons College
RG-60/4
Botanic Garden (Physical Plant)
RG-36/104/B6
Botany
RG-25/B8
Botany News (1981-1988)
RG-25/B8/00
Bowl Team, College
see College Bowl Team RG-45/40/C5
Boys’ and Girls’ Series (Extension Service, Cooperative)
see
Extension Service, Cooperative–Boys’ and Girls’ Series RG-15/8
Brain Theory Newsletter (1978)
RG-25/C9/00
Broadcast Board, Student Publications and
see Publications and Broadcast Board, Student RG-45/30/P8
Brochures (Public Affairs)
RG-5/00/4
BRSG
see Faculty Research Grant–Biomedical Research Support Grant (F RG-BRSG) RG-9/2/3
Budget
see Budget Documents RG-4/2
Office of Budget and Institutional Studies (OBIS) RG-4/3/2
Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) RG-4/3/3
Capital Outlay Budgets and Priorities Lists RG-6/15/4
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance RG-35/19
Budget and Finance
RG-32/6
Budget and Finance, Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1980-1981)
RG-40/2/A3
Budget Committee (Faculty Senate, 1969-1973)
RG-40/2/A3
see also Program and Budget Committee (1975- ) RG-40/2/A3
Budget Committee (Student Senate) (1981-1993)
RG-45/7/B8
Budget Documents (1908- )
RG-4/2
Budget Office (Administrative Services)
RG-35/20
see also Budget Documents–Newsclippings RG-4/2
see also Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) RG-4/3/3
Budgeting and Institutional Research
see Office of Budgeting and Institutional Studies (OBIS) RG-4/3/2
Budgeting and Institutional Studies, Office of
see Office of Budgeting and Institutional Studies (OBIS) RG-4/3/2
Budgeting, Institutional Research and Planning
seeOffice of Budgeting and Institutional Studies (OBIS) RG-4/3/2
Budgets, Capital Outlay
see Planning Office RG-6/15/4
Building Association
RG-36/22
Building Authority
RG-36/21
see also Financial Reports RG-3/4/3
Building Materials Technology and Management Program
RG-25/B9
Building Ventilation Working Group, Campus
see Campus Building Ventilation Working Group RG-30/15/1
Buildings and Grounds
RG-36
see also Buildings and Grounds (Photographs) RG-150
Panoramic Photos RG-170
Buildings and Grounds (Photographs)
RG-150
see also Panoramic Photos RG-170
Buildings and Grounds, Campus (Films and Videotapes)
see Campus Buildings and Grounds (Films and Videotapes) RG-186/4
Buildings and Grounds Committee (Faculty Senate, 1968-1969, 1980)
RG-40/2/A3
Buildings or parts of campus, specific
see Specific buildings or parts of campus RG-101 thru 104
Buildings Proposed But Not Built
RG-36/103
Buildings, Residential
see Residential Buildings RG-36/102
Buildings Specific (except residential)
RG-36/101
see also Residential Buildings RG-36/102
Buildings proposed but not built RG-36/103
Bulletin Series
see Catalogs (Bulletin Series) (1901- ) RG-1/00/4
Bulletin, University (Catalog Series)
see RG-1/00/4 Catalogs (Bulletin Series ) (1901- ), General Information Bulletins (1898-1978)
Bulletins
see Weekly, University, Executive Bulletins RG-5/00/3
Bulletins, Alumni
see Alumni Bulletins RG-50/00/3
Bulletins, Experiment Stations
seeExperiment Station (1882-95)–Bulletin (#’s 1-57) (1883-1895) RG-15/2.1
and
Experiment Station (1888- )– Bulletin (#1- ) RG-15/2.2
Bulletins, General Information
see Catalogs (Bulletin Series), General Information Bulletins RG-1/00/4
Bureau of Government Research
RG-25/P6.5
Bureau of Government Research Bulletin (1959-1969)
RG-25/P6.5/00
Bureau of Public Administration
RG-25/P6.4
Bursar
RG-35/16
Bursars Office (Microfilm)
RG-190/17
Bus Service, Student Senate
see Student Senate Bus Service RG-45/7/T7
Business Administration, School of
see School of Management RG-12
Business Affairs
see Vice President for Management and Business Affairs RG-3/11
Business Affairs–Office of (Business Manager and Staff) (Research and Graduate Studies)
RG-9/4/1
Business Affairs, Office of (Research and Graduate Studies)
RG-9/4
Business and Economic Report, Massachusetts
see Massachusetts Business and Economic Report RG-12/3/B8
Business and Economic Research, Center for
RG-12/3
see also Massachusetts Business and Economic Report RG-12/3/B8
Business Club
RG-12/4
Business Development Center
see Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) RG-12/10
Business Leadership Education, Affirmative
see Project ABLE RG-12/2
Business Office, Director of Personnel and Financial Services
RG-35/3
Business Procedures and Project Planning, Director of
RG-3/4/5
Businesses Student
see Co-ops and Businesses, Student Run RG-45/40/C6.5
ButterMeter News (1985)
RG-45/00/B8

Hudson Family

Hudson family Papers, 1780-1955 (Bulk: 1825-1848).

6 boxes (3 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 332
Three generations: including Erasmus Darwin Hudson Sr. and Jr.
Three generations: including Erasmus Darwin Hudson Sr. and Jr.

Born in Torringford, Connecticut in 1806, and educated at the Torringford Academy and Berkshire Medical College (MD 1827), Erasmus Darwin Hudson became well known as a radical reformer. While establishing his medical practice in Bloomfield, Conn., and later in Springfield, Mass., and New York City, Hudson emerged as a force in the antislavery struggle, hewing to the non-resistant line. Touring the northeastern states as a lecturing agent for the Connecticut Anti-Slavery Society and general agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society, he regularly contributing articles to an antislavery periodicals and befriended many of the movement’s leaders. In his professional life as an orthopedic surgeon, Hudson earned acclaim for his contributions to the development of modern prosthetics. During the carnage of the Civil War, he introduced remarkable improvements in artificial limb technology and innovations in the treatment of amputations and battle trauma, winning awards for his contributions at international expositions in Paris (1867) and Philadelphia (1876). Hudson died of pneumonia on Dec. 31, 1880.

Spanning five generations of a family of physicians and social reformers, the Hudson Family Papers include particularly significant content for Erasmus Darwin Hudson documenting his activities with the Connecticut and American Anti-Slavery societies. Hudson’s journals and writings are accompanied by a rich run of correspondence with antislavery figures such as Abby Kelley, Wendell Phillips, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Isaac Hopper, and Samuel May and a unique antislavery campaign map of New York state and surrounding areas (1841). Hudson’s medical career and that of his son Erasmus Darwin Hudson, Jr. (1843-1887), a thoracic physician, is equally well documented through correspondence, medical notes, and handwritten drafts of lectures, with other material ranging from family records and writings of and other family members to genealogies of the Hudson, Shaw, Clarke, Fowler, and Cooke families, and printed material, memorabilia, clipping and photographs.

Subjects

  • Abolitionists
  • African Americans--History
  • American Anti-slavery Society
  • Antislavery movements--Massachusetts
  • Connecticut Anti-slavery Society
  • Connecticut--History--19th century
  • Massachusetts--History--19th century
  • Physicians--New York
  • United States--History--1783–1865

Contributors

  • Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
  • Foster, Abby Kelley, 1810-1887
  • Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
  • Gay, Sydney Howard, 1814-1888
  • Hopper, Isaac T. (Isaac Tatem), 1771-1852
  • Hudson Family
  • Hudson, Daniel Coe, 1774–1840
  • Hudson, Erasmus Darwin, 1806–1880
  • Hudson, Erasmus Darwin, 1843–1887
  • Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884
  • Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874
  • Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893
  • Weld, Theodore Dwight, 1803-1895
  • Wright, Henry Clarke, 1797-1870

Types of material

  • Diaries
  • Letters (Correspondence)

Kehler, Randy

Randy Kehler Papers, 1978-1997.

17 boxes (7.75 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 396

A veteran of the peace movement and founder of the Traprock Peace Center (1979), Randy Kehler was active in the National Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, the Peace Development Fund, and the Working Group on Electoral Democracy. Beginning in 1977, he and his wife became war tax resisters, withholding federal income tax to protest U.S. military expenditures, donating it instead to charity. As a consequence, their home was seized by the IRS in 1989, setting up a protracted legal struggle that resulted in Kehler’s arrest and imprisonment and the sale of the house. They remain tax resisters.

The Kehler Papers document the five year struggle (1989-1994) against the seizure and sale of the Kehlers’ home by the IRS. The collection includes meeting minutes, notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings; letters to the editor, essays, articles, plans and strategy documents for the vigil set outside the Kehler home; support committee information and actions; correspondence with government officials, the IRS, and the Justice Department; letters of support; documents from the legal proceedings; and political literature addressing the Kehlers’ situation.

Subjects

  • Activists--Massachusetts
  • Antinuclear movement--Massachusetts
  • Argo, Ed
  • Colrain (Mass.)
  • Pacifists--Massachusetts
  • Peace movements--Massachusetts
  • Political activists--Massachusetts
  • Tax collection--Massachusetts--Colrain
  • Tax evasion--Massachusetts--Colrain
  • Tax-sales--Massachusetts--Colrain
  • Taxation--Law and Legislation
  • Traprock Peace Center
  • Valley Community Land Trust
  • War tax resitance--Massachusetts--Colrain
  • Withholding tax--Law and legislation
  • Withholding tax--Massachusetts

Contributors

  • Corner, Betsy
  • Kehler, Randy
  • Link, Mary
  • Mosely, Don
  • Nelson, Juanita

Types of material

  • Court records
  • Diaries
  • Legal documents
  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Scrapbooks

Vega, Carlos

Carlos Vega Collection, ca.1966-1995.

148 volumes, 1 box, (0.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 800
Carlos Vega ca. 1990
Carlos Vega ca. 1990

An Ecuadorian-born community activist, Carlos Vega moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts, with his family in 1955. Settling in the working-class “Flats” neighborhood at a time when many of Holyoke’s factories were relocating to the southern United States or Asia, the Vegas were one of the few Spanish-speaking families in the city, but when Carlos began to work on a local tobacco farm at the age of 14, he encountered the new influx of migrants from Puerto Rico who had been lured to the Connecticut Valley as agricultural laborers by the Department of Labor. With the Puerto Rican economy declining in the 1960s, many of these farm workers settled permanently in Springfield and Holyoke, but they soon discovered that the declining economy there combined with racism and urban decay blocked their hopes for upward mobility. Radicalized by the anti-colonial, anti-war, and Civil Rights movements of the late 1960s, Vega emerged as an important community organizer in the 1970s, working with Fair Share, New Unity, Urban Ministry, and other progressive organizations. With a backdrop of riots, arson, and racial tension, these organizations focused on issues relevant to the Puerto Rican community, particularly voter education and registration, fair housing, and education. In 1982, Vega helped found Nueva Esperanza, a non-profit community development organization whose mission was to restore and maintain blighted buildings in South Holyoke. He worked with Nueva Esperanza for over 30 years, continuing until 2010 after a brain cancer diagnosis in 1995.  He survived until April 2012.

The materials in this collection reflect Vega’s interests in left wing movements in Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, South America and Africa from the 1960s through 1980s and include leaflets, pamphlets, books, and newsletters. The approximately 300 items offer sometimes scarce documentation of internationalist liberation movements such as the PAIGC in Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, the Tupamaros in Uruguay, and the EFLNA in Eritrea. Of particular note is a small collection documenting Vega’s participation in the 1974 Venceremos Brigade and a collection of clippings, newsletters, notes, fliers, conference material, and newspapers from various groups such as New England Action Research, Friends of the Filipino People, The Latin American Student Association, and the Ethiopian Students Union of North America. Some printed materials are cataloged and housed with the rare books collection.

Subjects

  • Central America--Foreign relations--United States
  • Civil Rights movements--Africa
  • Civil Rights movements--Central America
  • Civil Rights movements--Chile
  • Civil Rights movements--United States
  • Civil Rights movements-Asia
  • Civil Rights movements-Caribbean
  • Latin America--Periodicals
  • Nicaragua--History--1979-1990
  • Radicalism--United States
  • Revolutionary literature
  • Socialism
  • United States--Foreign relations--Central America
  • Venceremos Brigade

Clark, John G., d. 1972

John G. Clark Papers, 1960-1969.

3 boxes (3.25 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 499
John G. Clark and H. P. Hood milk truck
John G. Clark and H. P. Hood milk truck

With a life long interest in politics, John G. Clark of Easthampton, Massachusetts worked on a number of campaigns before running for office himself. He ran for state senator in 1958, but lost in the Democratic primary. Two years later he ran again, this time for state representative of the 3rd Hampshire District, and won. Clark served in the State House of Representative for eight years until he was appointed clerk of the district court in Northampton and chose not to run for reelection.

While this collection is small, it is packed with campaign materials, letters, position statements, speeches, and press releases that together offer a good sense of the political climate in Massachusetts during the 1960s, especially issues of local concern for Hampshire County. Four letters from a young neighbor written while serving in Vietnam provide a personal account of the war.

Subjects

  • Massachusetts--History
  • Massachusetts--Politics and government--1951-
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Contributors

  • Clark, John G., d. 1972

Conte, Silvio O. (Silvio Oltavio), 1921-1991

Silvio O. Conte Papers, 1950-1991.

389 boxes (583.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 371

Massachusetts State Senator for the Berkshire District, 1950-1958, and representative for Massachusetts’s First District in the United States Congress for 17 terms, 1959-1991, where he made significant contributions in the areas of health and human services, the environment, education, energy, transportation, and small business.

Spanning four decades and eight presidents, the papers offer an extraordinary perspective on the major social, economic, and cultural changes experienced by the American people. Includes correspondence, speeches, press releases, bill files, his voting record, committee files, scrapbooks, travel files, audio-visual materials and over 5,000 photographs and slides.

Subjects

  • Massachusetts--Politics and government--1951-
  • Massachusetts. Senate
  • United States--Politics and government--20th century
  • United States. Congress. House

Contributors

  • Conte, Silvio O. (Silvio Oltavio), 1921-1991

Types of material

  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sound recordings

Drury, Luke, 1737-1811

Luke Drury Papers, 1746-1831.

4 boxes (3 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 258

Soldier in Revolutionary War and Shays Rebellion, later a state legislator and local politician from Grafton and Marlboro, Massachusetts. Drury’s papers contain family and business (farm and mill) correspondence, notes of hand, bills, receipts, and legal papers as well as records pertaining to the town of Grafton. Collection also includes papers of Timothy Darling and the Goulding, Place, and Sherman families.

Subjects

  • Grafton (Mass.)--History
  • Massachusetts--History
  • Shays' Rebellion, 1786-1787

Contributors

  • Darling, Timothy
  • Drury, Luke, 1737-1811
  • Goulding, Israel
  • Sherman, Thankful Temple

Types of material

  • Deeds
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