The Marijuana Policy Project Records span MPP’s work from its early years through recent efforts and include voluminous research files and reports, promotional materials, newsletters and mailings and other printed items, strategic plans, and grants funded by its foundation. Additions to the collection are expected.]]>
Focused on Bob Drinkwater’s research on western Massachusetts, the collection contains several hundred images recording early gravestones in the cemeteries of Amherst and Hadley, photo documentation of the stonecutters of Berkshire County and the Quabbin region, and two longer works written by Drinkwater: “From quarry to graveyard: a schematic reconstruction of early New England gravestone-carving technology” (his honor’s thesis, ca.1975) and “Notes on Methods of Collection, Classification, Recording, and Analysis of Data for Stylistic and Demographic Studies of Early New England Gravestones.”]]>
This typical single-column account book of the mid-nineteenth century records Twiss’s diverse economic transactions, providing labor for the town in “braking rods” [breaking roads] and “digin graves”and to neighbors and for a wide variety of manual farm labor, including killing hogs, plowing, threshing, haying, and assorted carpentry work.
Thomas Dimon Twiss (sometimes spelled Twist) was born in Beverly, Mass., on Dec. 23, 1801, one of nine children born to Dimon Cressy Twiss (1773-1861) and his first wife Sarah Ireson. As an infant, Twiss and his family relocated to southern Hillsborough County, N.H., where Sarah died in 1815. Thomas established himself in the town of Antrim, where he was listed as a farmer in the federal censuses of 1850 and 1870. At various times, he supplemented his livelihood by working for the town, including as a sexton and on bridges and roads, and by providing agricultural labor for other members of the community.
On Jan. 30, 1834, Twiss married Betsey Brackett of Antrim, with whom he had one son Alfred C. (ca.1837-1875) and two daughters, Sarah E. (Mrs. Charles J.) Davis (1840-1870) and Hannah A. (Mrs. Nathan D.) Curtis (1843-1911). He died of pneumonia on Mar. 21, 1876, and is buried at North Branch Cemetery, Antrim.
This typical single-column account book of the mid-nineteenth century records Twiss’s diverse economic transactions, providing labor for the town in “braking rods” [breaking roads] and “digin graves” and to neighbors and for a wide variety of manual farm labor, including killing hogs, plowing, threshing, haying, and assorted carpentry work.
Gift of Bob Paynter, June 2016.
Originally donated to the George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Wyoming, apparently by a person who had acquired it at a yard sale, the Twiss account book was given to Bob Paynter of the UMass Amherst Department of Anthropology in August 2009, who donated it to SCUA with his papers in June 2016.
Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, July 2016.
Cite as: Thomas D. Twiss Account Book (MS 921 bd). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.
The collection contains the professional correspondence, miscellaneous papers, photographs, scrapbooks, and realia of former UMass botany professor Seymour Shapiro.]]>
The Jay Goldspinner Periodicals Collection consists of issues of feminist and progressive periodicals, journals, and newsletters from four decades. The titles represented include Always in Season, Goddessing, The Lonesome Node, The People’s Voice of Franklin County, Themis/Thesmophoria, Wicked Word, and an almost complete run, including the two indexes, of the seminal magazine of feminist spirituality, WomenSpirit.]]>
The Goodale Papers contain correspondence written to Goodale, primarily by his friends and colleagues in poultry science, Al Lunn (Oregon Agricultural College), Loyal F. Payne (Kansas State), and John C. Graham (Mass. Agricultural College). Mixing both personal and professional content, the letters touch on academic life in post-World War I period and a variety of issues in poultry husbandry and genetics.]]>
The Amherst Study Circles: Dialogues on Race and Class Records consist of descriptive materials from the ARHS Parent Center; an organizer’s binder with sections on the origin in 2002, participants, action groups, finances, curriculum, and evaluations; and additional materials such as evaluations for study circle sessions and facilitators, newspaper clippings of articles about the group and their work, and documents for student study circles, such as advertisements, curriculum, and certificates.]]>
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).]]>
The collection includes an assortment of materials relating to the history of Lake Pleasant, including over forty 8×10 glass plate negatives taken by local photographer George L. Scott (ca.1900-1907), other assorted photographs (ca.1885-1905), deeds to village properties, publications, and materials relating to the Lake Pleasant Water Commission. The collection also includes a handful of other images taken by Scott from elsewhere in Franklin County.]]>
Aviation historian Tom Nallen conducted a series of interviews with former employees of the Granville Airplane Co. beginning in the late 1970s, recording memories of the company and its workers, the Gee Bee planes, and their performance during the golden age of air racing.]]>