Founded under the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College, UMass Amherst has long been dedicated to the study and teaching of agriculture and the natural sciences. One of two land grant institutions in the Commonwealth (along with MIT), the university has played an important role in the development of scientific agriculture in New England and has been a major factor in agricultural instruction through its classes and extension service.
SCUA’s collections contain a wealth of information on the history of agriculture and related fields, including horticulture, botany, entomology, animal husbandry, gardening, and landscape design. The strength of the collection lies in documenting the development of American agricultural sciences with an emphasis upon the northeastern states, but it is supplemented with numerous works on British, French, and German agriculture. Adding additional depth are the records of the several departments at UMass Amherst charged with instruction in the agricultural sciences and the papers of individual agricultural educators.
Currently, SCUA is particularly interested in documenting the growth of organic agriculture, heritage breeds, and the practices of sustainable living.
Significant Manuscript collections (view all)
- Agricultural education
- Papers of faculty members at Massachusetts Agricultural College and UMass Amherst, as well as educational organizations dedicated to instruction in the agricultural sciences. Among the individuals represented are the agricultural educator, Kenyon Butterfield; Levi Stockbridge, the first farm manager and long-time instructor at MAC; and William Smith Clark, William Penn Brooks, and William Wheeler, who were instrumental in the 1870s in establishing the agricultural college in Hokkaido, Japan.
- Farming and rural life
- Correspondence, farm accounts, and other records of farming and rural life, primarily in New England, as well as materials relating to the sociology of rural life.
- Botany and horticulture
- Collections relating to the scientific study of botany, horticulture, forestry, and related sciences.
- Landscape and gardening
- The papers and photographs of the landscape designer Frank Waugh, and other collections.
- Other natural sciences
- Including entomology and geology.
Printed works: Collecting areas
- Early works through the late nineteenth century on agriculture in America, Britain, and Europe, including those by John Fitzherbert, Thomas Hale, Arthur Young, “Columella,” John Smith, Gervase Markham, et al.
- Animal husbandry
- Works on sheep culture in the United States (Robert R. Livingston, Samuel Bard) and England (Lord Somerville, John Lawrence); dairy and beef cattle, horses, poultry science.
- Beekeeping and entomology
- Among the earliest rare books acquired by the Massachusetts Agricultural Library were a collections of rare books in beekeeping, including key works by Thomas Hill, John Keys, Daniel Wildman, Henry Eddy, from the late 17th through late 19th centuries. Works by Maria Sibylla Merian, John Curtis, Dru Drury, Johann Jakob Romer, Jacob l’Admiral
- Botany and Silviculture
- Important works on American botany by Frederick Pursh, Thomas Nuttall, Humphry Marshall’s Arbustrum Americanum, François André Michaux, early editions of Linnaeus
- Gardening and landscape design
- Three editions of Bernard M’Mahon’s American Gardener’s Calendar, William Cobbett, Alexander Jackson Davis, Humphry Repton, and others.
- Genetics, eugenics, animal breeding
- Essentially compete runs of Eugenics Quarterly, and key works in eugenics.
- Pomology, viticulture, and fruit culture
- William Prince, William Coxe, William Chorlton, et al.
Ebenezer Bailey Papers, 1852-1882.
Call no.: MS 448
Ebenezer Bailey was a wholesale shoe purchaser and distributor from Massachusetts. The collection comprises just over 100 items, the bulk of which are receipts for the purchase and sale of shoes and slippers, covering the period from 1852 to 1882.
- Business records--Massachusetts
- Dearborn, J. J
- Lynn (Mass.)--History
- Shoe industry--Massachusetts--Lynn
- Shoe industry--New England--History--19th century
- Bailey, Ebenezer
Types of material
- Receipts (Financial records)
Lea K. Bleyman Papers, 1958-2004.
Call no.: MS 548
The protistologist Lea Bleyman has conducted research into the genetics, mating systems, and life cycles of ciliates. A former student of Tracy Sonneborn, Bleyman has served as past Secretary and President (2001-2002) of the Society of Protozoologists, and spent many years on the faculty of the Department of Natural Sciences at Baruch College.
The Bleyman Papers contain lab and research notes, abstracts of talks and conference materials, along with some correspondence and annual progress reports from Baruch College. The earliest materials in the collection relate to her years as a student in Sonneborn’s lab; other Bleyman material is located in the records of the International Society of Protistologists at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Library.
- Baruch College--Faculty
- Society of Protozoologists
- Bleyman, Lea K
- Nanney, David Ledbetter, 1925-
- Sonneborn, Tracy Morton, 1905-1981
Types of material
- Laboratory notes
Brinley Family Papers, 1643-1950.
Call no.: MS 161
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.
- American loyalists--Massachusetts
- Book collectors--United States--History--19th century
- Brinley family
- Brinley, George, 1817-1875--Library
- Businessmen--Rhode Island--History
- Craddock family
- 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
- Hadley Farm (Physical Plant)
- see also UMass Foundation–Land Acquisition RG-50/7
- Haigis Mall (Physical Plant)
- Haitian Student Association (HASA) (1986- )
- Hampden County Cooperative Extension (1972-1973)
- Hampshire College
- see New College Committee and Hampshire College RG-60/6
- Hampshire County Cooperative Extension (1922-1983)
- Hampshire Inter-Library Center (HILC) and 4 or 5 College Cooperation (Library) (1951- )
- Handbooks (Student Affairs) (1890- )
- see also Dean of Women–Handbook for Women RG-30/3
- Handicapped, Committee on Facilities for
- see also CASIAC, Handicapped Counselor RG-11/15
- Handicapped Student Affairs, Office of (1973- )
- Handicapped Student Affairs Newsletter (1980-1987)
- Handicapped Student Collective (1979-1981)
- Handicapped Students, Committee to Study Accommodations for (Faculty Senate, 1969-1970)
- Hands Club (Sign Language) (1980’s-1996)
- Hang Gliding Club (1989- )
- see Haitian Student Association (HASA) RG-45/40/H1
- Health Club, Hilltop
- see Hilltop Health Club (1983) RG-45/40/H5
- Health Council (Faculty Senate, 1965- )
- Health Education, Division of
- Health Plan, Valley
- see Valley Health Plan RG-30/15/13
- Health Program (Official University Committee) (1970-1972)
- Health Sciences, School of
- see School of Health Sciences RG-17
- Health Services
- Health Watch (1977-1989, 1992-1995)
- Healy Endowment/Public Service Fund (Research and Graduate Studies)
- Hellenic Student Association (1982- )
- see also European Club RG-45/40/E8
- Herb, Spice and Medicinal Plant Digest
- see Extension Service, Cooperative–Herb, Spice and Medicinal Plant Digest (1983-1995) RG-15/8
- Herter Art Gallery
- see Art Gallery RG-11/15
- High Points (Honors Program) (1986-1990)
- High School Guest Day, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1956-1960)
- Higher Education, Center for (School of Education)
- Higher Education Coordination Council (1991-1996)
- Higher Education Information Reporting, Statewide, Committee for
- see Statewide Higher Education Information Reporting, Committee for (SHEIR) RG-60/11
- Higher Education, Massachusetts Board of
- see Massachusetts Board of Higher Education RG-1/3
- see also Board of Regents (1980-1991) RG-1/4
- Higher Education Coordination Council (1991-96)/Board of Higher Education (1996- ) RG-1/5
- Higher Education, New England Board of
- see New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) RG-60/2
- Higher Education Reorganization, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1992)
- see Hampshire Inter-Library Center (HILC) RG-8/7
- Hillel (Religious Group) (1955- )
- Hilltop Health Club (1986)
- Hindu Students Organization (HSO) (Religious Group) (1995- )
- Hispanic Cultural Center (1989)
- Hispanic Literature and Linguistics
- Historical Collection, University
- see University Historical Collection RG-1/200-299
- Histories, Published, and Historian’s Files
- see Published Histories and Historian’s Files RG-1/201
- see also Duplicate Collection, Histories of Campus RG-99/6
- History Committee, University (1986-1987)
- see also Campus Awareness Committee (1986- ) RG-40/2/C5
- History Department
- History Institute
- History Newsletter (1977- )
- History of the University
- History of the University, By periods (1850- )
- History of the University, General (1851-1960’s)
- History, Oral
- see Oral History RG-1/207
- History Project, University
- see University History Project (125th Anniversary, 1987-1988) RG-1/208
- HMO (Health Maintenance Organization)
- see Health Services RG-30/15
- Hobbit, The (Student Publication) (1967)
- Hockey, Men’s
- see Sports-Men’s Hockey (1910- ) RG-18/2
- Hokkaido University Committee
- see Foreign and International Studies Council (Faculty Senate, 1967- ) RG-40/2/A3
- Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
- see Trustee William Wheeler RG-2/3
- President William Smith Clark RG-3/1
- Professor Horace E. Stockbridge RG-3/1
- President Jean Paul Mather RG-3/1
- President John Lederle RG-3/1
- David Penhallow (Class of 1873) RG-50/6
- see also International Agricultural Studies, Center for RG-15/4
- Holdsworth Highlights–Newsletter (1985-1986)
- Holdsworth Natural Resources Center (College of Food and Natural Resources)
- see also College of Agriculture, Holdsworth Natural Resource Center microfilm in main library
- microfilms collection, containing serials.
- Holdsworth Natural Resources Center Publication
- see Community Resource Development RG-15/3
- Holdsworth Natural Resources Center–Planning and Resource Development Series (1964-1970)
- Home Economics Division (College of Food and Natural Resources)
- Home Economics Education Department
- see also Home Economics Division (College of Food and Natural Resources) RG-15/12
- Home Economics Leader
- see Extension Service, Cooperative–Home Economics Leader (1934-1935) RG-15/8
- Home Economics Newsletter
- see Creative Living Newsletter (1987- ) RG-15/12
- Home Economics Slide Shows
- Honor System
- Honorary Degrees (1972- )
- Honorary Degrees (Official University Committee) (1975-1976, 1979)
- Honorary Degrees, Advising Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1980)
- Honorary Degrees Committee (Faculty Senate, 1956-1965)
- Honorary Societies (Student)
- Honors Committee (Faculty Senate, 1956-1969)
- Honors Day
- see Honors Office RG-6/4/11
- Honors Program (1956-1999)
- Commonwealth College (1999- )/Honors Program (1956-1999) RG-6/4/11
- Honors Theses, Senior
- see Senior Honors Theses RG-46/3
- Horace Mann Bond Center for Equal Education
- see also Equal Education RG-13/3/23/2.5
- Hort Notes
- see Extension Service, Cooperative–Hort Notes (1990- ) RG-15/8
- Horticultural Research Center (College of Food and Natural Resources)
- Horticulture Division of MAC
- Hosmer Memorial Garden (2000)
- Hotel Operations (Campus Center)
- Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration publication
- see HRTA Alumni Key RG-25/H8/00
- Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration Department
- House Mouse
- Housing Administration
- see also Housing Office RG-30/21
- Dormitories RG-32
- Student Center for Educational Research–In Pursuit of Shelter (1975) RG-45/10
- Housing Assignment Office
- see Housing Office (Housing Assignment Office) RG-30/21
- see also Greek Affairs RG-30/2/3
- Housing Administration (Administrative Services) RG-35/12
- Fraternities and Sororities RG-45/90
- Housing Assignments (Housing Services)
- see also Housing Office (Housing Assignment Office) RG-30/21
- Housing, Family
- see Family Housing (Housing Services) RG-32/10
- Housing Office (Housing Assignment Office)
- see also Greek Affairs RG-30/2/3
- Housing Assignments (Housing Services) RG-32/13
- Housing Administration (Administrative Services) RG-35/12
- Fraternities and Sororities RG-45/90
- Housing Resource Center, Commuter Service and
- see Off Campus Housing Office (OCHO) RG-45/18
- Housing Services
- Housing Services (Microfilm)
- Housing Services Cable Network (HSCN) (1991- )
- Housing Service, Maintenance and Operations
- Housing Services, Budget and Finance
- Housing Services Newsletter
- see Perspectives (Housing Services) (1984-1985) RG-32/00
- Housing Services, Personnel
- Housing Services Publications
- Housing Services–Racial Understanding, Center for
- Housing Service Review Committee (1993)
- Housing Sub-Committee, Northeast Quadrangle President’s Council
- see Northeast Quadrangle President’s Council, Housing Sub-Committee (1968) RG-40/3/N6
- see Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration Department RG-25/H8
- HRTA Alumni Association Newsletter(1974-1976)
- HRTA Alumni Key (1974-1976, 1983-1986)
- HRTA News (1974-1986)
- HRTA Newsletter (Alumni Publication) (1974-1976)
- see Division of Human Services and Applied Behavioral Sciences (HS/ABS) RG-13/4/1
- see Handicapped Student Affairs–Newsletter (1980-1987) RG-30/29
- see Housing Services Cable Network (HSCN) (1991- ) RG-32/15
- Human Development Department
- Human Development Laboratory School (School of Education)
- Human Development Laboratory School–Newsletter (1986-1987)
- Human Needs, Committee on Nutrition and
- see Nutrition and Human Needs, Committee on RG-45/80/N8
- Human Potential, Center for (School of Education)
- RGs: 13/3/15/3, 13/3/17/1, 13/3/26/6
- Human Potential Division (School of Education)
- see Human Services and Applied Behavioral Sciences RG-13/4/1
- see also Human Potential, Center for RGs-13/3/15/3, 13/3/17/1, 13/3/26/6
- Human Relations (School of Education)
- Human Relations, Commission on Civility in
- see Civility in Human Relations, Chancellors Commission on (1980- ) RG-40/2/C3
- Human Relations, Office of
- Human Relations, Office of Community Development and
- see Community Development and Human Relations, Office of RG-30/22
- Human Resources News (Human Resources Office) (1983-1985)
- Human Resources Office
- see Personnel/Payroll (Human Resources Office) RG-35/2
- Human Resources, Office of
- Human Rights and a Responsible University, Committee for (1987- )
- Human Rights in the Soviet Area, Committee for (1974)
- Human Service and Applied Behavioral Sciences (HS/ABS), Division of (School of Education)
- Human Subjects Review (Official University Committee ) (1982)
- Human Subjects Review, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1971-1972, 1982)
- see also Graduate Council (Faculty Senate, 1960- ) RG-40/2/A3
- Human Subjects Review (Official University Committee) (1982) RG-40/2/H8
- Human Subjects Review Committee
- see University Human Subjects Review Committee RG-9/1/2/1
- Humanistic Applications of Social and Behavioral Sciences Cluster
- Humanistic Education, Center for (School of Education)
- Humanities and Fine Arts, College of
- see Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty RG-11/10
- Humanities and Fine Arts, Dean
- Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty
- Humanities and Public Policy, Massachusetts Foundation for
- see Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy RG-6/10
- Humanities Institute
- see Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities RG-6/19
- Hunger Task Force, UMass (1982-1989)
- see also MASS AID RG-45/40/M4
Beth Hapgood Papers, 1789-2005.
Call no.: MS 434
Daughter of a writer and diplomat, and graduate of Wellesley College, Beth Hapgood has been a spiritual seeker for much of her life. Her interests have led her to become an expert in graphology, a student in the Arcane School, an instructor at Greenfield Community College, and a lecturer on a variety of topics in spiritual growth. Beginning in the mid-1960s, Hapgood befriended Michael Metelica, the central figure in the Brotherhood of the Spirit (the largest commune in the eastern states during the early 1970s) as well as Elwood Babbitt, a trance medium, and remained close to both until their deaths.
The Hapgood Papers contain a wealth of material relating to the Brotherhood of the Spirit and the Renaissance Community, Metelica, Babbitt, and other of Hapgood’s varied interests, as well as 4.25 linear feet of material relating to the Hapgood family.
- Brotherhood of the Spirit
- Channeling (Spiritualism)
- Communal living--Massachusetts
- Hapgood family--Correspondence
- Massachusetts--Social life and customs--20th century
- Nineteen sixties--Social aspects
- Occultism--Social aspects
- Popular culture--History--20th century
- Renaissance Community
- Rock music--1971-1980
- Warwick (Mass.)--History
- Babbitt, Elwood, 1922-
- Boyce, Neith, 1872-1951
- Hapgood, Beth--Correspondence
- Hapgood, Charles H
- Hapgood, Elizabeth Reynolds
- Hapgood, Hutchins, 1869-1944
- Hapgood, Norman, 1868-1937
- Metelica, Michael
Within a decade of its founding, the Massachusetts Agricultural College began to forge what would become fast ties with its counterparts in Japan. Seeking to establish a thoroughly modern college in Hokkaido, the Imperial Government in Japan looked to America for a model of innovation in agricultural education, settling quickly on MAC. With the leadership of William Smith Clark, a succession of faculty, students, and alumni helped develop the Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University).
The Dept. of Special Collections at UMass Amherst (SCUA) houses several collections from those early exchanges, including the papers of William Smith Clark and his students and colleagues William Brooks and William Wheeler, along with the remarkable collections associated with the geologist Benjamin Smith Lyman, a resident of Northampton. These collections have formed a core on which SCUA continues to build. Today, the department specializes in documenting the American study of Japanese history and culture, particularly in the post-war period.
- Beato, Felice. Papers, ca. 1863-1871.
- As a photographer, Beato was an important chronicler of late-Edo and early-Meiji era Japan.
- Brooks, William Penn. Papers, 1863-1939.
- Invited by the Japanese government — and his mentor, William Smith Clark — to help establish the Sapporo Agricultural College, modeled on the Massachusetts Agricultural College. Spending over a decade in Hokkaido, Brooks helped to introduce western scientific agricultural practices and the outlines of a program in agricultural education, and he built a solid foundation for the School.
- Clark, William Smith. 1814-2003 (bulk: 1844-1886).
- Held the presidency of Massachusetts Agricultural College (now University of Massachusetts Amherst) from 1867-1879, and helped to found Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University) in Japan in 1876.
- Lewis, Gertrude. Papers, 1920-2001.
- An educator for most her life, Lewis ‘s papers document changes within theory and pedagogy over time and in various geographic locales, including Japan, in the field of education.
- Lyman, Benjamin Smith
- Papers, 1831-1921. Prominent geologist and mining engineer, Lyman was invited by the Meiji government in Japan to help introduce modern geological surveying and mining techniques during the 1870s and 1880s.
- Japanese Book Collection, 1710-1898. During his years as a consultant to the Meiji government in Japan, Benjamin Smith Lyman accumulated a large collection of books printed in Japan. His book collection includes works on language to literature, religion, the arts, and culture.
- Maki, John. Papers.
- Japanese-American professor of political science at UMass who worked on contemporary Japan, militarism, and post-war constitution. Maki served in U.S. Army Intelligence during the Second World War, and spent several months in Japan in 1946 as part of the Occupation administration.
- Passin, Herbert. Collection, 1944-1955.
- Inducted into the Army in 1941 and assigned to duty in Tokyo in December 1945, he became chief of the Public Opinion and Sociological Research Division under Gen. Douglas MacArthur. During his tour of duty, Passin coordinated a series of sociological studies of Japanese village life to help guide U.S. Occupation policy, particularly as it dealt with land and labor reform.
- Stockbridge, Levi. Papers, 1841-1878.
- Pioneering agriculturist and president of Massachusetts Agricultural College, whose son, Horace Edward Stockbridge, taught at Hokkaido University and sent descriptions of his travel in Japan home.
- Totman, Conrad. Papers, 1800-2005.
- A professor of Japanese history at Yale, Totman’s collection a treasure trove of information on Japan in general, and particularly on his specialties: early modern Japan and forestry and environmental management.
- Wheeler, William. Papers, 1876-1930.
- Joined Massachusetts Agricultural College President William Smith Clark and two other alumni of the college in helping to found the Sapporo Agricultural College in Japan (now Hokkaido University), succeeding Clark as president of the school from 1877 to 1879.
- Yamashita, Yoskiaki. Photograph album, ca. 1904.
- Professor from Tokyo who traveled the United States providing instruction in the new martial art of judo from 1903-1960.
Lyman Family Papers, 1839-1942.
Call no.: MS 634
The descendants of Joseph Lyman (1767-1847) flourished in nineteenth century Northampton, Mass., achieving social prominence, financial success, and a degree of intellectual acclaim. Having settled in Northampton before 1654, just a generation removed from emigration, the Lymans featured prominently in the development of the Connecticut River Valley. A Yale-educated clerk of the Hampshire County courts, Joseph’s descendants included sons Joseph Lyman (an engineer and antislavery man) and Samuel Fowler Lyman (a jurist), and three Harvard-educated grandsons, Benjamin Smith Lyman (a geologist and traveler in Meiji-era Japan) and brothers Joseph and Frank Lyman (both trained in the natural sciences).
Consisting of the scattered correspondence and photographic record of three generations of an intellectually adventurous Northampton family, the Lyman collection explores the ebb and flow of family relations, collegiate education, and educational travel in Europe during the mid-nineteenth century, with important content on antislavery and the Free State movement in Kansas. Although the family’s tendency to reuse names (repeatedly) presents a challenge in distinguishing the various recipients, the focal points of the collection include the geologist Benjamin Smith Lyman, his uncle Joseph (1812-1871), cousins Joseph (1851-1883) and Frank, and Frank’s son Frank Lyman, Jr. Antislavery is a major theme in the letters of Samuel F. Lyman to his son Benjamin, and in the letterbook of the Kansas Land Trust, an affiliate of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, of which the elder Joseph was Treasurer.
- Antislavery movements--Massachusetts
- Germany--Description and travel--19th century
- Harvard University--Students
- Kansas Land Trust
- New England Emigrant Aid Company
- Lawrence, Amos Adams, 1814-1886
- Lyman, Benjamin Smith, 1835-1920
- Lyman, Joseph B, 1812-1871
Types of material
Madge McQueen Papers, ca.1935-2015 (Bulk: 1975-2015).
Call no.: MS 825
I was born in Washington, D.C., in an unwed mother’s home. I spent my earliest months living with my maternal grandmother and two teenage aunts–one of whom was abusive. My mother married my step-father in 1960; I was eleven years old when I discovered he was not my biological father. My mother suffered from psychotic schizophrenia; my step-father was frequently violent in our home; my younger, half-brother struggled with a severe learning disability, early drug addiction, and later untreated paranoid schizophrenia. After years of physical and sexual abuse, I escaped my destructive, troubled family when I was fourteen–having previously run away twice. I became a ward of the state of Maryland (my family had moved into Prince George’s County when I was much younger). I lived with three foster families until I was nineteen. I was determined to use education as a way out of poverty and violence. I attended Prince George’s Community College, then the University of Maryland in College Park where I earned a BA in Hearing and Speech Sciences in 1982. I worked at the radical Maryland Food Collective from 1981 to 1984 which profoundly impacted my life: politically, socially, and sexually. In 1985, I moved to Plainfield, Vermont, where I attended graduate school at Goddard College, receiving an MFA in Writing and Women’s Literature in 1987. After teaching for five years in Boston, at Fayerweather Street School and at the Jamaica Plain Community Centers–Adult Learning Program, I went to Massachusetts College of Art, earning a BFA in Three Dimensional Fibers in 1997. I lived for a year in Germany, 1980-1981, and in Honduras, 1997-1998, where I taught cognitively disabled adults and 8th graders, respectively. In 2002, after living in Boston for four more years, I moved to Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia. During my long membership, I left twice for extended periods. In 2006-2007, I traveled for eight months in the U.S. and in New Zealand. In 2014, I spent seven months in Amherst and in Boston working on my papers, followed by four months of travel across country and back visiting loved ones as I wrote my autobiography. In the beginning of 2015, I again made Twin Oaks my home.
My collection consists of nearly 300 journals (which include copies of my letters sent), all correspondence received since 1972, many of my artist books, as well as some of my other art work. My bequest is also comprised of my educational documents, my personal health records, my photographs, some family papers, Twin Oaks ephemera, a family tree, a friendship web, a few favorite books, two interviews, etc. What I have written and saved since I was twelve years old fills 84 linear feet: it is my life’s work. I have given, and will continue to give, my papers to UMass Amherst for safekeeping and so that my life–as an incest and battering survivor, as someone raised working class, as a daughter of a mentally-ill mother, as a radical feminist, as a diarist, as an avid letter writer, as an artist, as a bisexual, as a woman who chose neither to be a wife nor a mother, as an attentive niece, as a communitarian, as a traveler, and as a devoted friend–will not be erased.
- Adult children abuse victims
- Communal living--Virginia
- Family violence
- Twin Oaks (Louisa, Va.)
- Women artists
Types of material
- Artists' books (Books)
- Journals (Accounts)
- Textile art (Visual works)
George Millman Papers, 1944-1945.
Call no.: MS 728
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1919, George Millman attended Massachusetts State College briefly, but was forced to drop out after his freshman year due to financial hardship. After attending a three-month intensive training course, Millman was employed by the War Department in 1941 as a civilian inspector in the munitions plant in New London, Connecticut. In the months that followed the attack on Pearl Harbor, he felt it was his patriotic duty to join the armed forces and enlisted on May 28, 1942. Called to active duty six months later, Millman was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps on April 29, 1943. Already dating his soon-to-be-bride Lillian, the couple decided to marry immediately before he could be sent overseas. Assigned to a class on the theoretical aspects of radar at Harvard University, Millman was ordered to report to the Army Air Force Technical School in Boca Raton in late 1943. On June 24, 1944, he received secret travel orders assigning him to the 5th Air Force Service Command in Brisbane, Australia. There he began training fighter pilots on the use and operation of the newly developed airborne radar, AN/APS-4. Throughout his tour in the Pacific, which ended in early 1946, Millman traveled throughout the region, including time in Australia, the Netherlands East Indies, the Netherlands New Guinea, and the Philippines.
Containing almost 400 letters written to his wife Lillian during World War II, Millman’s papers detail nearly every aspect of life in the service during wartime. From chronicling extreme environmental conditions to his feelings of frustration while awaiting assignment, Millman’s letters offer a personal perspective of the impact of war on an individual and his loved ones. While his letters carefully avoid any details about his work that could have been censored, they capture in extraordinary detail the day-to-day life of a serviceman in the Pacific theater during WWII. Millman published his letters to his wife in 2011 in a book entitled Letters to Lillian.
- World War, 1939-1945
- Millman, George H. (George Harold), 1919-
Types of material
- Letters (Correspondence)