- 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
Julius Gy Fabos Papers, ca.1964-2011.
Call no.: FS 151
Born on a farm in Hungary in 1932, the landscape architect Julius Fabos survived the Second World War and the onset of Stalinism before escaping to America during the Revolution of 1956. Able to resume his studies, Fabos received his BS in plant science from Rutgers (1961) and MLA from Harvard (1964), joining the faculty at UMass Amherst shortly thereafter while continuing toward a doctorate in Resource Planning and Conservation at the University of Michigan (1973). A charismatic teacher and prolific writer, Fabos is noted internationally for his work on landscape assessment and planning and greenways. In the early 1970s, he helped establish the METLAND (Metropolitan Landscape Planning) interdisciplinary research group, which pioneered the use of GIS technology in landscape planning. Fabos has received numerous honors in his career, including recognition as a Fellow of American Society of Landscape Architects (1985), as a Medalist for the ASLA (1997), and recipient of an honorary degree from the Hungarian University of Horticulture. Fabos retired in 1997.
The Fabos papers contain a record of a distinguished career in landscape architecture, including Fabos’ numerous publications, grey literature, conference materials, notes, and selected correspondence.
- Landscape architecture
- University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
William F. Field Papers, 1948-1986.
Call no.: RG 030/2 F5
The University’s first Dean of Students, William F. Field held the post from 1961 until his retirement in 1988. The 27 years Field was Dean of Students was a critical time of growth and unrest, as the University’s student population more than tripled in size and the nation-wide movements for civil rights and against the Vietnam War were reflected through student activism and protest on the University’s campus. Responsible for ending student curfews and overseeing all dorms becoming co-ed, Field also worked with minority students and faculty to support the Black Arts Movement on campus and the founding of the W.E.B Du Bois Afro-American Studies Department.
The William F. Field Papers document Field’s career as an administrator at the University of Massachusetts and specifically his role as Dean of Students from 1961-1988. The correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, and other official printed and manuscript documents are a rich resource for one of the most important and volatile eras in the University’s history. Of particular interest are extensive files on student protests and activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s and the growing diversity of the campus student population, flourishing of the Black Arts Movement on campus and the founding of the W.E.B. Du Bois Afro-American Studies Department.
- African American college students--Massachusetts
- Field, William Franklin, 1922-
- Race relations--United States
- Universities and colleges--United States--Administration
- University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dean of Students
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Afro-American Studies
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements--United States
Types of material
Grace Gershuny Papers, 1975-1997.
Call no.: MS 793
An organizer, consultant, and educator in the alternative agriculture movement, Grace Gershuny has been active in the field since the 1970s when she worked for the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), developing its first organic certification program. As a leader in the movement, Gershuny helped to establish both the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Farmer: The Digest of Sustainable Agriculture. Today she continues to write and teach on the subject, serving as a faculty member at a number of colleges, most recently Green Mountain College.
The collection consists chiefly of printed material from a run of the Organic Farmer to Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) publications and organizational newsletters, such as the Rural Education Center. Amongst these publications are a few small but significant groups of materials including notes from Gershuny’s role as the NOFA VT coordinator in 1979 and her drafts and notes for the second editions of The Soul of Soil.
- Farming--United States
- Northeast Organic Farming Association
- Organic farmers
- Organic farming
- Gershuny, Grace
William L. Machmer Papers, 1899-1953.
Call no.: RG 006/1 M33
Enjoying one of the longest tenures of any administrator in the history of the University of Massachusetts, William Lawson Machmer served under five presidents across 42 years, helping to guide the university through an economic depression, two world wars, and three name changes. During his years as Dean, Machmer witnessed the growth of the university from fewer than 500 students to almost 3,800, and helped guide its transformation from a small agricultural college into Massachusetts State College (1931) and finally into the University of Massachusetts (1947).
Machmer’s papers chronicle the fitful development of the University of Massachusetts from the days of Kenyon Butterfield’s innovations of the 1920s through the time of the GI Bill. The collection is particularly strong in documenting the academic experience of students and the changes affecting the various departments and programs at the University, with particular depth for the period during and after the Second World War.
- Agricultural education
- Fort Devens (Mass.)
- Massachusetts Agricultural College
- Massachusetts State College
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dean
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Mathematics
- World War, 1939-1945
- Baker, Hugh Potter, 1878-
- Butterfield, Kenyon L. (Kenyon Leech), 1868-1935
- Lewis, Edward M
- Machmer, William L
- Van Meter, Ralph Albert, 1893-
Types of material
- Letters (Correspondence)
- Student records
Massachusetts Governmental Activities Exposition Photograph Album, 1930.
Call no.: PH 043
To celebrate its tercentenary in 1930, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts organized over two thousand events in 253 communities, drawing over eleven million visitors. One of the most elaborate of these events was the Exposition of Governmental Activities held at the Commonwealth Armory in Boston between September 29 and October 11. A celebration more of contemporary governmental activity than the historical precedents, the exposition featured displays representing nearly every branch of government, from the Department of Education to the state police, mental and public health, public welfare, transportation, agriculture, labor, and industry.
P.E. (Paul) Genereux (1892-1977), a commercial photographer from East Lynn, was hired to document the exhibits and displays in the Exposition of Governmental Activities, producing commemorative albums containing silver gelatin prints, carefully numbered and backed on linen. This disbound album includes 88 of the original 175 prints, including interior and exterior shots, with an additional image by Hildebrand.
- Massachusetts Governmental Activities Exposition--Photographs
- Massachusetts--Centennial celebrations, etc.
- Genereux, P. E.
Types of material
To fire the imagination and celebrate the activist spirit, SCUA pursues an ambitious program of collecting materials of enduring historical and cultural value and offers strong support for research and learning. Through our collections, programs, and exhibitions, we promote meaningful engagement with the histories of social change in America, with the record of innovation and entrepreneurship, and we foster exploration of the histories and cultures of New England and the UMass Amherst community. In fulfilling the university’s role as a center of knowledge for the diverse peoples of the Commonwealth, we are committed to using the highest professional standards and practices and the best technologies available to provide free and unfettered access to our holdings.
In 1931, nearly half a century after Librarian Henry Hill Goodell first authorized the permanent retention of the official records of Massachusetts Agricultural College, the Library established a College History Collection. As the official record of the activities of the university’s administrators and faculty and a reflection of the life of its students, this collection grew steadily, until in 1953, the Library dedicated a room named in honor of Dean William L. Machmer to serve as the first true home of the University Archives.
Goodell’s initiative to assemble the College archives coincided roughly with the Library’s first efforts to build a collection of rare books to support its educational mission. Although the College had no separate library until 1885, its administrators nevertheless accepted several significant gifts of books, beginning with the 1868 donation of twenty scarce volumes on bee culture from the apiculturist and state Adjutant General Henry K. Oliver. By the time the library published its first catalog in 1875, rare books formed a small, but notable part of the collections, focused on the primary academic interests of the early college: agriculture, horticulture and botany, and the natural sciences. Among the Library’s earliest acquisitions were the first London edition of William Bartram’s Travels Through North and South Carolina (1792), François Augier de Marigny’s The History of the Arabians (London, 1758), and early bee manuals by John Keys, The Practical Bee-Master (London, 1780) and The Antient Bee-Master’s Farewell (London, 1796) — both courtesy of Oliver. All remain part of the collections today.
From these beginnings, the collections of rare books and manuscripts have evolved in concert with the evolution of the university and its academic programs. With the acquisition of the records of the Valley Peace Center and the papers of ethnographer Jozef Obrebski in 1973, the Library began to acquire collections of personal papers and organizational records of historical significance, and the arrival of the papers on W.E.B. Du Bois in that same year marked a turning point. The rare book and manuscript collections were combined administratively with the University Archives in the early 1990s to form the current Department of Special Collections and University Archives.
SCUA’s initial foray online came with a simple page on the library’s website in 1997, but by 2007, evolved into the UMarmot project, one of the earliest efforts to use freely-available software to create a comprehensive online archival catalog. SCUA launched its online digital repository, Credo in 2011, thanks to generous support from the Verizon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. The papers of W.E.B. Du Bois led SCUA’s way into the digital realm, followed by the papers of Horace Mann Bond, and then dozens of of other collections.
Charles A. Peters Papers, 1853-1971 (Bulk: 1894-1920).
Call no.: FS 066
Born in Worcester, Mass., in 1875, Charles A. Peters studied chemistry under Charles Goessmann at Massachusetts Agricultural College, graduating with the class of 1897. After receiving his doctorate at Yale in 1901, he joined the faculty at the University of Idaho for several years before completing his education with two years of post-doctoral work in Berlin (1908-1910). Offered the chance to return to his alma mater in 1912, Peters became a cornerstone of instruction in chemistry, teaching courses for many years in quantitative analysis, inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry, and serving as chair of the department. Although he retired when he reached the mandatory age in 1945, Peters remained in Amherst. In 1970, he was presented a gold cane by the Amherst selectmen as the town’s oldest man. He died on Oct. 4, 1973, at the age of 99.
A small, but diverse collection, the Peters Papers include an interesting assortment of materials from the early years of Charles Peters’ association with the Massachusetts Agricultural College. In addition to an assortment of correspondence, primarily from the turn of the 20th century, the collection includes a series of notes taken during undergraduate classes in economic botany, horticulture, chemistry, agriculture, and organic chemistry, some teaching materials, and personal photographs.
- University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Chemistry
- Peters, Charles A
Types of material
The Department of Special Collections and University Archives houses over 35,000 volumes reflecting an evolving history of collecting at UMass Amherst. Beginning in the late 1860s with a focus on agriculture and the natural sciences, SCUA has developed into a resource for the study of regional and local history in New England, emphasizing our varied cultural, social, religious, and political histories.
Beyond New England, SCUA has built strength in several distinct areas, ranging from the history of social change to the extraordinary collection of Japanese rarities collected by the geologist Benjamin Smith Lyman during the Meiji era. Other noteworthy collections include those pertaining to the culture of the Cold War: a growing collection of books printed in East Germany and one of the largest collections of materials in the United States from the Solidarity movement in Poland.
All books and periodicals held by SCUA are cataloged in the Library’s online catalog and summary descriptions of most major book collections, but not individual titles, are included in SCUA’s own online catalog, UMarmot.
Selected areas of collecting interest:
Agriculture, horticulture, natural history
The library holds key works in apiculture, entomology, gardening, landscape design, organic agriculture, pomology, sustainability, and viticulture, with numerous works in animal husbandry. Materials date back to the 16th century, however the strength of the collections lies in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
Cookery in New England
The collections of Beatrice A. McIntosh, Athena Savas, and Lynette Foucher, among others, include books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to the culinary history of New England, including many thousands of cookbooks published by church and community organizations.
European history and culture
Diverse collections ranging from materials on Revolutionary-era Europe, 1789-1848 (the Binet and Brabançonne Collections); Anglo-American Political Economy; twentieth century German history (the Harold Gordon Collection on the Interwar period and the Hans Joachim Ring Collection on East German cinema); and Communist-era Poland (Basia Jakubowska Schlatner Solidarity Collection).
Gay and Lesbian Literature
The centerpiece extensive of our holdings is the collection of gay rights pioneer Barbara Gittings and her partner, Kay Tobin Lahusen, which includes books on the history of homosexuality in America, works by and about gay writers, gay activism, and related topics.
Books by and about Robert Francis, Archibald MacLeish, William Manchester, William Lederer, and the Broadside Press, among others, as well as the poetry libraries of Francis, Wallace Stevens, and Anne Halley. Although the literary collections focus largely on New England writers, SCUA houses fine collections of the works of William Morris and William Butler Yeats, signed first editions of works by Thomas Mann, and collections of French and Scottish writers.
New England history and culture
Local and regional histories, novels, and other writing about Massachusetts from the eighteenth century to the present. These include an array of election, ordination, installation, dedication, fast-day, mission, farewell, and funeral sermons; Fourth of July orations; and addresses to or by benevolent, cultural, and civic organizations in the Commonwealth. SCUA also collects works printed in small towns and rural districts of Massachusetts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Valuable collections for the history of antislavery in New England and politics of the left. The John P. Roche and Steven Siteman Collections focus on the American left from the late 19th century through the 1950s, with some European materials and materials from the political right.
The University Archives contains the official and unofficial records of the University of Massachusetts Amherst throughout its evolution from a small agricultural college into a dynamic and complex university. Within the archives are letters and artifacts, records, photographs, and sound recordings documenting the lives of its founders, the pursuits of its faculty, and the changing attitudes of its students and alumni, revealing what high quality public education means to our Commonwealth and nation.
Among the hundreds of discrete collections and over 13,000 linear feet of records are the official papers of Chancellors, Presidents, Trustees, and other administrators; information about the University’s academic units and student organizations; and the founding documents of our sister campuses at Worcester, Boston, Lowell, and Dartmouth. The papers of faculty members add a wealth of information about the lives and intellectual pursuits of our campus community as well as their chosen academic disciplines.
Finding things in the archives
A comprehensive alphabetical index of UMass departments, programs, and other units, including acronyms. Each entry includes a reference to the archival Record Group where the records can be found.
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