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Cambodian Crisis Committee

Cambodian Crisis Committee Records

1982-1990
17 boxes 26 linear feet
Call no.: MS 361

In 1979 the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia removing the Khmer Rouge from power and ending the four year reign of a regime responsible for the deaths of more than a million people. In the upheaval surrounding the invasion hundreds of thousands of Cambodians fled to nearby Thailand. From camps along the border of Thailand and Cambodia 150,000 Cambodian refugees eventually resettled in the U.S.

The Cambodian Crisis Committee in Amherst, Massachusetts worked to educate Americans about the situation of the refugees, as well as help Cambodian families reunite. Elaine Kenseth Abel, a member of the Family Reunification Advocacy Project, received numerous letters from Cambodian refugees in the U.S. seeking assistance in getting their family members out of Thailand. The collection consists of case files, correspondence, and photographs documenting Cambodian refugees and their American advocates reunite families. The collection also includes newsletters and correspondence from other advocacy groups like the Cambodian Crisis Committee throughout the U.S.

Subjects
Cambodians--Massachusetts--Amherst
Political refugees--United States
Refugees--Cambodia
Contributors
Cambodian Crisis Committee
Kenseth-Abel, Elaine
Cambodian New Year

Cambodian New Year Celebration Collection

1986
1 box 1.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 114
Depiction of At home, photo by Cham Nan Koy, 1982
At home, photo by Cham Nan Koy, 1982

Organized by UMass anthropology professor Joel Halpern, the images in this collection were put on display during the Cambodian New Year celebration in 1986. As part of the celebration, members of the large community of Cambodian refugees who have resettled in Amherst were recognized.

The collection consists of photographs as well as programs, correspondence, and financial records pertaining to the Cambodian-Americans in Amherst New Year’s Day Celebration and Exhibit of 1986.

Subjects
Amherst (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Cambodian Americans
Political refugees--United States
Refugees--Cambodia
Contributors
Halpern, Joel M. (Joel Martin), 1929-
Types of material
Photographs
Campbell, Sadie

Sadie Campbell Papers

1812-2002
19 boxes 10.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 439
Depiction of Sadie Campbell and sons Harold and Robert Leslie
Sadie Campbell and sons Harold and Robert Leslie

A housewife, mother and active community member, Sadie Campbell was born in 1881 and lived at 1 Depot Street in Cheshire, Massachusetts for most of her life until she died in 1971. Sadie was closely tied to the Cheshire community where she had a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and was active in a a number of organizations, such as: the Cheshire Ladies Reading Club, the Merry Wives of Cheshire Shakespeare Club, and the Cheshire Cash Tearoom.

The collection documents three generations of a western Massachusetts family. The variety and nature of the materials in this collection offer a good view into the local and social history of western Massachusetts through the lives of Sadie Campbell and her family.

Subjects
Cheshire (Mass.)--History
Cheshire Cash Tearoom
Family--Massachusetts--History--19th century
Family--Massachusetts--History--20th century
Housekeeping--Massachusetts--Cheshire
Housewives--Massachusetts--Cheshire
Massachusetts--Social life and customs--19th century
Merry Wives of Cheshire Shakespeare Club
Small business--Massachusetts
Tyrell, Augustus
Williams Manufacturing Company
Women--Societies and clubs--History--19th century
Contributors
Campbell, Sadie
Types of material
Account books
Invitations
Letters (Correspondence)
Pamphlets
Photographs
Recipes
Canning, Josiah D. (Josiah Dean), 1816-1892

Josiah D. Canning, The Shad-Fishers Manuscript

1854
1 vol. 0.1 linear feet
Call no.: MS 1009 bd

The “Peasant Bard” of Gill, Mass., Josiah D. Canning, published five books of poetry between 1838 and 1892 extolling the spiritual virtues of nature and the agrarian life. The son of a minister, Canning worked as a printer for several years before settling down to farming life, churning out poetry that reflected his reverence for the land.

This small collection consists of a printed copy of Josiah Canning’s fourth book, The Shad-Fishers, published by R.C. Graves in Greenfield, Mass., in 1854, along with a manuscript copy of the same work bound in workmanlike leather over boards. Although it is not possible to determine with certainty, the manuscript may be Canning’s own.

Acquired from Eugene Povirk, Jan. 2018
Subjects
Poetry--Massachusetts--Gill
Types of material
Manuscripts (Documents)
Center for Community Access Television (Amherst, Mass.)

Center for Community Access Television Records

1973-1989
1 box 0.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 293

Group comprised of students from the University of Massachusetts and community members who sought to develop and promote cultural, literary, charitable, educational and public affairs television programming. Records include by-laws, articles of organization, organizational histories, annual reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, program schedules, subject files, brochures, handbills, news clippings, and materials relating to a proposed merger with University of Massachusetts Cable Vision. In 1989, CCATV was renamed Amherst Community Television (ACT), and is currently named Amherst Media.

Subjects
Amherst (Mass.)--Intellectual life--20th century
Cable television--Massachusetts--Amherst--History
Public-access television--Massachusetts--Amherst--History
Television programs--Massachusetts--Amherst--History
Contributors
Center for Community Access Television (Amherst, Mass.)
Types of material
Handbills
Champion Family

Champion and Stebbins Family Account Books

1753-1865
8 vols. 2 linear feet
Call no.: MS 228

Account books from the Champion and Stebbins families of Saybrook, Connecticut and West Springfield, Massachusetts, who were involved in various businesses and professional activities. Includes lists of accounts by surname, services rendered, methods of payment, entries for treatments and remedies, lists of patients, and lists of banking activities. Volumes were kept by Reuben Champion (1720-1777), Jere Stebbins (1757-1817), and Reuben Champion, M.D. (1784-1865).

Subjects
African Americans--Massachusetts--West Springfield--History
Agriculture--Economic aspects--Massachusetts--History
Atwood, Elijah
Barter--Massachusetts--West Springfield
Champion family
Connecticut River Valley--Economic conditions--18th century
Farmers--Massachusetts--History
General stores--Massachusetts
Homeopathic physicians--Massachusetts
Homeopathy--Materia medica and therapeutics
Medicine--Practice--Massachusetts--History
Physicians--Massachusetts
Pottery industry--Massachusetts--History
Saybrook (Conn.)--History
Shipping--New England--History
Stebbins family
West Springfield (Mass.)--Economic conditions
West Springfield (Mass.)--History
West Springfield (Mass.)--Social conditions
Women--Massachusetts--History
Contributors
Champion, Reuben, 1727-1777
Champion, Reuben, 1784-1865
Stebbins, Jere, 1757-1817
Types of material
Account books
Daybooks
Chapin, Irene A.

Irene A. Chapin Diaries

1926-1935
4 vols. 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 585
Depiction of Irene Chapin and friends
Irene Chapin and friends

In March 1926, Irene A. Chapin (1901-1987) left La Crescenta, Calif., having lost her job in the office of Certain-Teed Corp., and returned home to Chicopee, Mass. Resuming work at the Fisk Tire Co., where she had begun at age 18, Chapin led an active social life, playing bridge and tennis, going to the theatre, and dining with friends. In 1927, she and a fellow stenographer at Fisk, Marion E. Warner (1904-1989), developed an intense friendship that blossomed into a same sex relationship.

Irene Chapin’s pocket-sized diaries include a brief, but densely written record of daily life, from the weather to work and the ebb and flow of a young woman’s social relations. Concerned about her ability to make a success of her job and personal life, Chapin remained sociable and possessed of a wide circle of friends, mostly women. Her diary records a long succession of bridge parties, hikes in the hills, vacations, hockey games, and Chapin alludes frequently to her increasingly intimate intimacy with Marion. Several passages written in shorthand provide additional details on the developing relationship. A photograph laid into the diary for 1927 depicts three women standing in front of a house, one of whom is presumably Chapin.

Subjects
Chicopee (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Lesbians--Massachusetts
Women--Diaries
Contributors
Chapin, Irene A
Warner, Marion E
Types of material
Diaries
Photographs
Chickering Family

Chickering Family Papers

1813-1873
2 folders 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 095

Nathaniel Chickering came to Enfield, Massachusetts, in 1800 with his son Otis and operated a grist mill for twenty years. One of Otis’ children, Bertrand, operated the Enfield telephone system in the Howe family store and lived with the Edwin H. Howe family.

Includes land and pew deeds of Nathaniel Chickering and Mrs. Otis Chickering’s account booklet with C.F. Wood and Co.

Subjects
Chickering family
Children’s Aid and Family Services of Hampshire County Inc.

Children's Aid and Family Service Records

1910-ca. 2001
10 boxes 8 linear feet
Call no.: MS 008

Agency providing traditional child and family service and extensive mental health services that worked closely with the SPCC, was a member in the Child Welfare League of America, and was the Northampton representative for the National Association of Travelers Aid Societies. Includes 10 versions of the constitution, typed personal recollections from the 25th anniversary, annual reports, minutes, and the correspondence of President Miriam Chrisman (1952-1957). Of special note, Mrs. Calvin Coolidge was the Chair of the Home Finding Committee of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children which helped to found the CAFS.

Subjects
Child mental health services--Massachusetts--Hampshire County--History
Child welfare--Massachusetts--Hampshire County--History
Children--Institutional care--Massachusetts--Hampshire County--History
Coolidge, Grace Goodhue, 1879-1957
Floods--Massachusetts
Foster home care--Massachusetts--Hampshire County--History
Franklin County (Mass.)--Social conditions
Hampshire County (Mass.)--Social conditions
Homeless children--Massachusetts--Franklin County--History
Homeless children--Massachusetts--Hampshire County--History
Hurricanes--Massachusetts
Northampton (Mass.)--Intellectual life--History
Northampton (Mass.)--Social conditions
Social service--Massachusetts--Hampshire County--History
Voluntarism--Massachusetts--History
Contributors
Children's Aid Association (Hampshire County, Mass.)
Children's Aid and Family Service of Hampshire County (Hampshire County, Mass.)
Children's Home Association (Franklin County, Mass. and Hampshire County, Mass.)
Chrisman, Miriam Usher
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Home Finding Committee
CIA on Trial Project (Amherst, Mass.)

CIA on Trial Project Records

1985-1989
1 box 0.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 508

In 1986 demonstrations against CIA recruitment on the University’s campus led by activists Abbie Hoffman and Amy Carter, daughter of former President Jimmy Carter, resulted in the takeover of two school buildings and more than sixty arrests. The CIA on Trial Project was a group established in Amherst to support the individuals arrested as well as to raise funds for their legal defense.

News clippings covering the protests, fliers, memos from the University’s administration, and correspondence with Chancellor Duffey capture the mood on campus during and after the protests.

Subjects
Activists--Massachusetts
CIA on Trial Project (Amherst, Mass.)
University of Massachusetts Amherst--History