Michael H. Bianchi Collection, 1993-2015.
4 boxes (6 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 915
Since the early 1990s, Michael Bianchi has been involved in the community of electric vehicle developers and enthusiasts and is a key figure in documenting the history of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s annual American Tour de Sol Electric Vehicle Challenge. A resident of northern New Jersey and a developer of software management and operations support systems with Bellcore and other companies, Bianchi became interested in alternatives to petroleum-fueled vehicles in the early 1990s, attending his first Tour de Sol in 1993. Since that time he has served as announcer for the Tour and documented each contest with photographs, oral histories with participants, and highly detailed summary reports (1994-2009). For many years, Bianchi drove his own electric vehicle, beginning with a Solectria Force, and he continues to write on the development of electric vehicles.
The Bianchi collection contains reports, photographs, and ephemera associated with the American Tour De Sol, along with an assortment of scarce newsletters and magazines on electric vehicles. Of special note are interviews (on microcassette) with Tour participants.
- American Tour de Sol
- Electric Cars
Types of material
- Oral histories
Roberta Uno Collection of Asian American Women Playwrights' Scripts, 1924-2005.
25 boxes (9 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 345
Roberta Uno was the founder and long time artistic director of the New WORLD Theater at UMass Amherst, a theater in residence dedicated to the production of works by playwrights of color.
Established by Uno in 1993, the Asian American Women Playwrights Scripts Collection contains manuscripts of plays, but also production histories, reviews, and articles, along with biographies and audio and videotaped interviews with playwrights. Among the individuals represented are Brenda Wong Aoki, Jeannie Barroga, Marina Feleo Gonzales, Jessica Hagedorn, Velina Hasu Houston, Genny Lim, le thi diem thuy, Ling-Ai Li, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Nobuko Miyamoto, Bina Sharif, and Diana Son.
- Asian American women authors
- New WORLD Theater
Types of material
Vincent G. Dethier Papers, 1943-1993.
8 boxes (12 linear feet).
Call no.: FS 168
The Gilbert L. Woodside Professor of Zoology at UMass Amherst from 1975-1993, Vincent Dethier was an authority on the biophysics of insect chemosensation and neuroethology. Born in Boston in 1915 into a family of accomplished musicians, Dethier received his doctorate at Harvard in 1939 for a study of the feeding behavior of swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. After service with the Army Air Corps in North Africa and the Middle East during the Second World War and a stint at the Army Chemical Center in Maryland, he resumed his academic career, joining the zoology faculty at Ohio State, Johns Hopkins (1947-1958), the University of Pennsylvania (1958-1967), and Princeton (1967-1975) in succession. His appointment at UMass marks the founding of the university’s program in Neuroscience and Behavior. In addition to over 170 scholarly papers and five scholarly monographs on insect physiology, Dethier wrote several popular works on natural history as well as short stories and children’s books. The recipient of numerous honors during his academic career, Dethier was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1960), the National Academy of Sciences (1965), and the American Philosophical Society (1980), and was recipient of the Entomological Society of America’s Founders’ Memorial Award (1967) and the John Burroughs Medal (1993) for nature writing.
Documenting his post-World War II career, Vincent Dethier’s correspondence relates to scientific organizations, publishing, travel, and speaking engagements, with somewhat sparser information on his research. There are also a handful of photographs, including a series of lantern slides from Dethier’s work in Africa, as well as a scrapbook, a complete set of his publishing scientific papers, and a sampling of short stories and creative writing.
- University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Biology Department
Types of material
John Spragens Cambodian Photograph Collection, 1983.
1 box (0.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 116
Washington based photojournalist John Spragens, Jr. lived in Asia for more than seven years. He spent a total of three years in Vietnam between 1966 and 1974, and traveled in several other countries in Southeast Asia., including Cambodia.
Spragens’ photographs document Cambodia under the rule of the Communist-Vietnamese dominated government that came to power in January 1979, after the defeat of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge by the Vietnamese army.
Types of material
John D. Strong Papers, 1938-1986.
10 boxes (15 linear feet).
Call no.: FS 019
John D. Strong was a professor of Physics and Astronomy from 1967 to 1975 and served as the head of the laboratory of astrophysics and physical meteorology. Strong, one of the world’s foremost optical scientists, was known for being the first to detect water vapor in the atmosphere of Venus and for developing a number of innovations in optical devices, ranging from improved telescope mirrors to anti-reflective coatings for optical elements and diffraction gratings. Born in Riverdale, Kansas in 1905, Strong received degrees from the University of Kansas (BA 1926) and the University of Michigan (M.S., 1928, Ph.D., 1930). After twelve years at CalTech and wartime research at Harvard on infrared systems, Strong became professor and director of the Astrophysical and Physical Meteorology Laboratories at Johns Hopkins University in 1946, where, among many other projects, he conducted research on balloon astronomy for the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Strong published hundreds of papers throughout his career and was author of Procedures of Experimental Physics, a standard physics textbook for many years. Strong served as president of the American Optical Association in 1959 and patented numerous inventions for optics in spectroscopy as well as golf (see US Patent no. 3720467). Strong passed away in 1992.
The Strong Papers contain forty years of research notebooks in experimental physics (1930-1970) centered on Strong’s years at Johns Hopkins (1946-1967), along with correspondence, printed publications by Strong for the ONR, and manuscripts for several textbooks (though lacking material on Procedures of Experimental Physics). Strong’s balloon work is documented by diagrams in his lab books and photographs of the Stratolab at John’s Hopkins, and an oral history of his life was made by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in 1985, a transcript of which is included in the collection.
- Institute for Man and the Environment
- University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
Martha Bevis Papers, ca.1960-2007.
100 boxes (150 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 737
An important figure in building a network of antifluoridation activists, Martha Bevis was born in North Carolina in 1927 and lived most of her adult life in Houston, Texas. She worked on the staff of Senator Lyndon Johnson beginning in the early 1950s, remaining with him through his period as Vice President. Always energetic, she was involved in a number of political and civic organizations, including those promoting natural childbirth and breastfeeding, but from the mid-1970s, she was especially associated with the antifluoridation movement. A founder of the Safe Water Foundation of Texas, she became a key litigant in a case seeking to block fluoridation of the water supply in Houston, and although the court ruled in 1980 that fluoride was harmful, it permitted the city council to proceed with fluoridation. From that point forward, she played a key role regionally and nationally as an organizer, researcher, propagandist, and funding source for the antifluoridation movement. Bevis died in Houston on April 22, 2007.
This massive archive stems from Martha Bevis’s role as a connector and mediator of information for the antifluoridation movement. Beginning in the 1970s, Bevis gathered, copied, and distributed huge quantities of information on the health effects of fluoride, legal strategies and cases opposing fluoridation of public water supplies, and the antifluoridation movement generally. Bevis maintained a regular correspondence with other activists and antifluoride organizations and played an important role in gathering and preserving the papers of other activists.
- Antifluoridation movement
- Drinking water--Law and legislation--United States
- Fluorides--Physiological effect
Digital (+)Finding aid
Clamshell Sun Quilt Collection, 1978.
1 box (1.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 916
Winifred Sayer and the Sun Quilt, 1978
To raise funds for the restoration/occupation of the nuclear power plant at Seabrook, N.H., and to support the young Clamshell Alliance, antinuclear activists raffled off a hand-made quilt, a bicycle, totebag, and t-shirts at the 1978 Towards Tomorrow Fair at UMass Amherst. Designed by Carrie Dickerson in a multi-color sun pattern and sewn by the Oklahoma Citizens for Safe Energy, the patchwork quilt (74 x 82″) was won by Winifred D. Sayer, who also took home a totebag.
This small collections the Clamshell Sun Quilt, photographs of Dickerson with the quilt, of Sayer with the quilt (by Lionel Delevingne) and Sayer with her prize, a piece of ephemera announcing the raffle, and a copy of the Clamshell Alliance songbook, Songs to Stop Seabrook (1978).
- Antinuclear movement--Massachusetts
- Antinuclear movement--Oklahoma
- Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant (N.H.)
- Toward Tomorrow Fair
- Delevingne, Lionel
- Dickerson, Carrie
Types of material
[ A ][ B ][ C ][ D ][ E ][ F ][ G ][ H ][ I, J ][ K ][ L ][ M ][ N ]
[ O ][ P, Q ][ R ][ S ][ T ][ U ][ V ][ W ][ XYZ ]
- see Office of Academic Planning and Assessment (OAPA) RG-4/3/6
- Obituaries, Biographies (Alumni)
- see also Health Services–Obituaries (Student) RG-30/15
- Occasional Papers Series (International Area Studies)
- see Asian Studies Program and Committee RG-25/A8/00
- Latin American Studies Program and Committee RG-25/L4/00
- Near Eastern Studies Program and Committee RG-25/N4/00
- Soviet & East European Studies Program and Committee RG-25/S75/00
- Western European Studies Program and Committee RG-25/W3/00
- Occupational Education, Center for (School of Education)
- Ocean Engineering Program
- see Off Campus Housing Office (OCHO) RG-45/18
- see Office of Computing & Information Systems (OCIS) (1988- ) RG-6/5/1
- Off Campus Housing Office (OCHO)
- Office for Cooperative Education
- see Cooperative Education, Office for RG-11/31/1
- Office of Academic Planning and Assessment (OAPA)
- Office of Budgeting and Institutional Studies (OBIS)
- see also V.C. for A. and F. RG-35/1 (records held in RG-4/2-3)
- Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) RG-4/3/3.
- Office of Computing and Information Systems (OCIS) (1988- )
- Office of Economic Development (OED)
- see also Office of Industrial Relations and Regional Development (1987- ) RG-4/10
- Office of Grant and Contract Administration
- Office of Human Relations
- see Human Relations, Office of RG-4/6
- Office of Industrial Relations and Regional Development (1987- )
- see also Office of Economic Development (OED) RG-4/15
- Office of Information Technologies (OIT)
- see Office of Computing and Information Systems (OCIS) (1988- ) RG-6/5/1
- Office of Internships
- see Internships, Office of (University Internship Program) RG-11/6
- Office of Institutional Research (OIR)
- see also Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) RG-4/3/4.
- Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP)
- see also Executive V.C. and Provost RG-6/1 (records held in RG-4/3/4)
- Associate V.C. for Academic Affairs RG-30/1 (records held in RG-4/3/4)
- Office of Institutional Studies (OIS) (1960-1969)
- Office of Planning and Budget (OPB)
- see also Budget Office RG-35/20
- Budget Documents RG-4/2
- Office of Institution Research and Planning (OIRP) RG-4/3/4
- Office of Public Information (OPI)
- see also Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Development RG-39/1
- Office of Residential Resource Management (1976- )
- see also Residential Academic Programs RG-35/14
- Housing Administration RG-32/12
- Office of Solid Waste Management (OSWM)
- see also Residential Recycling Program RG- 45/40/R6
- Office of Space Management (OSM)
- Office of Teaching Evaluation and Improvement
- see Institutional Resources and Improvement, Center for (1973) RG-6/18
- Office of the Learning Disabilities Coordinator
- see Counseling and Academic Development Center (CADC) (1987) RG-11/8
- Office to Coordinate Energy Research and Education
- Official University Committees (Faculty and Staff)
- Official University Faculty/Staff Committees, Other
- Officials of the University (Photographs)
- see Office of Institutional Research (OIP) RG-4/3/5
- Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) RG-4/3/4
- OIT (Office of Information Technologies)
- see Office of Computing and Information Systems RG-6/5/1
- Older Students
- see Counseling Assistance for Older Students (CAOS) RG-45/40/C4
- Olericulture Department
- see Plant and Soil Sciences RG-25/P4
- Olmsted Drive (Physical Plant) (1939)
- Omega Psi Phi (1985- )
- Ombuds Office (1969- )
- see also Ombudsman (Faculty Senate, 1968- ) RG-40/2/A3
- Ombudsman Selection Committee (1975-1976) RG-40/2/O4
- Multicultural Conflict Resolution Team (1993- ) RG-4/8/1
- Ombudsman Committee (Faculty Senate, 1968-1979)
- see also Ombuds Office (1969- ) RG-4/8
- Ombudsman Selection (Official University Committee) (1975-1976)
- see also Ombudsman (Faculty Senate, 1968-1974) RG-40/2/A3
- Omicron Delta Epsilon
- Omicron Nu (Honor Society)
- On Campus Alumni Group (1986-1989)
- On the Other Hand
- see Academic Affairs Committee (Student Senate) RG-45/7/A2
- 125th Anniversary
- see Anniversary, 125th (1988) RG-1/8
- see also University History Project (125th Anniversary, 1987-1988) RG-1/208
- 125th Anniversary Slide Show, UMass (1988)
- see UMass 125th Anniversary Slide Show (1988) RG-187/1
- see Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) RG-4/3/3
- Operations Council
- Operetta Guild (Films and Videotapes)
- Operetta Guild/Music Theatre Guild
- see also Theatre (Photographs) RG-140/1
- Music (Photographs) RG-140/2
- Operetta Guild (Films and Videotapes) RG-186/3
- Oral History (1974-1982)
- see also Oral Histories (selected) available online (Five College Archives Digital Access Project)
- History Department RG-25/H5
- Oratory, Student
- see Speaking Contests, Student Oratory RG-25/C7.3
- Orchard Hill (Residential Buildings)
- Orchestra (Music and Dance Department)
- Organization Charts (Issued by President’s Office)
- Organization Charts of the University
- see Bibliography, Organization Charts RG-1/00/1
- see also Operating Budget Summary, 1974-1975, etc. RG-3/4/2
- OBIS- Facts & Figures 1967, Factbook-1977 RG-4/2
- Standard Practice Instruction, 1954, p.2 RG-3/4/1
- Proposed Spring 1970, Mass. Gazette, 5/8/1970, P.B. RG-4/1
- Business Manager, 9/1/1967- RG-35/3
- Annual Reports, bound vols. 1972-73-75-76 RG-1/00/2
- Organizational charts issued by President’s Office RG-3/00/1
- Organization of the Research Mission, ad hoc Committee (1998- )
- Organizational and Community Development, Center for (COCD)
- see Center for Organizational and Community Development (COCD) RG-13/4/3/3
- see also Citizen Involvement Training Project (CITP) RG-7/9
- Organizations Not Appointed by an Official Unit of the University, Faculty and Staff Committees
- see Faculty and Staff Committees and Organizations not appointed by an official unit of the University RG-40/3
- Organizations, Student (Photographs)
- see Student Organizations (Photographs) RG-140
- see Office of Space Management RG-4/14
- see Office of Solid Waste Management (OSWM) RG-36/10
- Other Voice, The (1980-1984)
- Out Front (Student Publication) (1975-1977)
- Outing Club (1940- )
- Outreach (1986-1988)
- Outreach Mobile Unit
- Outreach Programs, Center for (1972-1981)
- Outreach, University, Vice Provost for
- see Vice Chancellor for University Outreach RG-16/1
- Outreach, Vice Chancellor for University
- see Vice Chancellor for University Outreach (2000- ) RG-16/1
- Overseas Programs & Exchanges, Committee on
- see Committee on Overseas Programs & Exchanges (COPE) RG-40/2/C5
- Oversize Materials
- RG-177 thru RG-184
- Oversize Photos
- Oxford, UMass Summer School at
- see English Department–Oxford, UMass Summer School at RG-25/E3/3
Winston Lavallee Collection, 1937-2005.
1 box (1.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 796
A native New Englander, Winston Lavallee grew up in the Berkshires and attended UMass Amherst where he received his Ph.D. in entomology. He served as a professor for more than 35 years at Holyoke Community College and as a life-long advocate for the stewardship of natural resources and ecological sustainability. Lavallee is the author of several short stories and two novels: Tempest in the Wilderness and Dancing in the Dark, a novel about the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The collection consists of research notes, publications, photographs, and the recollections of men who Lavallee interviewed about their service in the Civilian Conservation Corps. These materials were first accumulated to record the conservation and plant pest control techniques employed in New England during the 1930s-1940s, but were later used during the preparation and writing of Dancing in the Dark. Altogether they offer rich historical background on the CCC and the men who were employed in the various jobs, such as road building, fire hazard reduction, and the development of recreational space, which constituted the program.
- Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)--New England--History
- Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)--Photographs
- New Deal, 1933-1939--New England--History
- Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)
- Lavallee, Winston
Types of material
- Oral histories
Ward Morehouse Papers, ca.1950-2012.
120 boxes (180 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 764
A writer, educator, and activist for human rights and social justice, Ward Morehouse was a prominent critic of corporate power and globalization. Raised in a family of progressive political economists and academics in Wisconsin, Morehouse began his research in international political economy while a student at Yale (BA 1950, MA 1953) and embarked on a standard academic career path. After teaching political science at New York University for a time, he became director of international education at the Center for International and Comparative Studies in 1963, building a particularly strong program in India. However in 1976, conservative opposition to his political views led Morehouse to leave for a new post as president of the Council on International and Public Affairs (CIPA), a human rights organization he had helped found twenty years before. Throughout, he remained an activist at heart. Galvanized by the 1984 industrial disaster in Bhopal, India, he organized the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, and went on to form or work with many other organizations seeking to resist corporate power and build democracy, including the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD) and the Permanent People’s Tribunal, operating the radical Apex Press. Morehouse died in June 2012 at the age of 83.
The Morehouse collection is a massive archive documenting six decades of research, writing, and activism. A prolific writer and editor, Morehouse left a deep record of his activities, his research and writing on corporate power, and the full breadth of his commitments in labor relations, alternative economics, “people’s law,” and peace.
- Anti-globalization movement
- Bhopal Union Carbide Plant Disaster, Bhopal, India, 1984
- India--Economic conditions
- Apex Press
- Center for International and Comparative Studies
- Council on International and Public Affairs
- Permanent Peoples' Tribunal
- Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy