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.

Among SCUA’s distinguished collections are the papers of civil rights pioneer W. E. B. Du Bois and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, the records of the New England Yearly Meeting for Friends and the Hampshire Council of Governments, and hundreds of other collections documenting the lives and work of activists, reformers, and revolutionaries; innovators; political figures; spiritual leaders; and writers, poets, and photographers.

Information about all of our manuscript and photographic collections is included on this site (UMarmot). Use the search box and menus to the right to navigate our collections and locate collections of interest.

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