Geisha, from the Benjamin Smith Lyman Papers
Geishas, from Benjamin Smith Lyman Papers

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives collects and preserves textual, visual, and auditory materials of enduring historical value and makes them available to researchers at no charge.

The collections held by SCUA are rich and deeply interrelated, documenting four areas of historic and cultural interest: social change, New England, the University of Massachusetts, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

SCUA’s distinguished collections range from the papers of civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois to three and a half centuries of records of the New England Yearly Meeting for Friends and the Hampshire Council of Governments, plus hundreds of collections documenting the lives and work of actvists, reformers, and revolutionaries; innovators; political figures; spiritual leaders; and writers, poets, and photographers.

Information about all of our manuscript and photographic collections is included in UMarmot. Use the search box and menus to the right to navigate our collections and to locate collections of interest.

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