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Hudson Family

Hudson family Papers, 1780-1955 (Bulk: 1825-1848).

6 boxes (3 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 332
Three generations: including Erasmus Darwin Hudson Sr. and Jr.
Three generations: including Erasmus Darwin Hudson Sr. and Jr.

Born in Torringford, Connecticut in 1806, and educated at the Torringford Academy and Berkshire Medical College (MD 1827), Erasmus Darwin Hudson became well known as a radical reformer. While establishing his medical practice in Bloomfield, Conn., and later in Springfield, Mass., and New York City, Hudson emerged as a force in the antislavery struggle, hewing to the non-resistant line. Touring the northeastern states as a lecturing agent for the Connecticut Anti-Slavery Society and general agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society, he regularly contributing articles to an antislavery periodicals and befriended many of the movement’s leaders. In his professional life as an orthopedic surgeon, Hudson earned acclaim for his contributions to the development of modern prosthetics. During the carnage of the Civil War, he introduced remarkable improvements in artificial limb technology and innovations in the treatment of amputations and battle trauma, winning awards for his contributions at international expositions in Paris (1867) and Philadelphia (1876). Hudson died of pneumonia on Dec. 31, 1880.

Spanning five generations of a family of physicians and social reformers, the Hudson Family Papers include particularly significant content for Erasmus Darwin Hudson documenting his activities with the Connecticut and American Anti-Slavery societies. Hudson’s journals and writings are accompanied by a rich run of correspondence with antislavery figures such as Abby Kelley, Wendell Phillips, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Isaac Hopper, and Samuel May and a unique antislavery campaign map of New York state and surrounding areas (1841). Hudson’s medical career and that of his son Erasmus Darwin Hudson, Jr. (1843-1887), a thoracic physician, is equally well documented through correspondence, medical notes, and handwritten drafts of lectures, with other material ranging from family records and writings of and other family members to genealogies of the Hudson, Shaw, Clarke, Fowler, and Cooke families, and printed material, memorabilia, clipping and photographs.

Subjects

  • Abolitionists
  • African Americans--History
  • American Anti-slavery Society
  • Antislavery movements--Massachusetts
  • Connecticut Anti-slavery Society
  • Connecticut--History--19th century
  • Massachusetts--History--19th century
  • Physicians--New York
  • United States--History--1783–1865

Contributors

  • Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
  • Foster, Abby Kelley, 1810-1887
  • Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
  • Gay, Sydney Howard, 1814-1888
  • Hopper, Isaac T. (Isaac Tatem), 1771-1852
  • Hudson Family
  • Hudson, Daniel Coe, 1774–1840
  • Hudson, Erasmus Darwin, 1806–1880
  • Hudson, Erasmus Darwin, 1843–1887
  • Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884
  • Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874
  • Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893
  • Weld, Theodore Dwight, 1803-1895
  • Wright, Henry Clarke, 1797-1870

Types of material

  • Diaries
  • Letters (Correspondence)

Kaplan, Sidney, 1913-

Sidney and Emma Nogrady Kaplan Papers, ca.1937-1993.

58 boxes (85 linear feet).
Call no.: FS 149
Sidney Kaplan, May 1972
Sidney Kaplan, May 1972

An eminent scholar of African American history and activist, Sidney Kaplan was raised in New York City and graduated from City College in 1942. After wartime service as a Lieutenant in the Army, Kaplan returned to his education, completing an MA in history from Boston University (1948) and PhD at Harvard (1960), taking up the study of African American history at a time when few white scholars showed interest. Joining the English Department at UMass in 1946, Kaplan’s influence was widely felt at UMass Amherst and in the local community: he was among the founders of the Department of Afro-American Studies, a founder of the UMass Press, a founder and editor of the Massachusetts Review, and he was the editor of Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press. Over more than thirty years at UMass, he worked on diverse projects in history, literature, and the arts, often in partnership with his wife Emma Nogrady, a librarian at Smith College whom he married in 1933, ranging from studies of Poe and Melville to a biographical dictionary of African Americans and a study of Shays’ Rebellion. In 1973, they were co-authors of the first comprehensive study of depictions of African Americans in the visual arts, The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution (based on an exhibition planned for the National Portrait Gallery), and in 1991, the UMass Press published a collection of Sidney’s essays, American Studies in Black and White. A Fulbright lecturer in Greece and Yugoslavia and exchange Professor at the University of Kent, Kaplan was the recipient of the Bancroft Award from the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History for best article of the year in the Journal of Negro History, and he was awarded the UMass Amherst Chancellor’s Medal in 1979, one year after his retirement. Sidney Kaplan died in 1993 at age 80 and was followed by Emma in 2010.

The Kaplan Papers document a long career devoted to the study of African American history and life. The extensive correspondence, research notes, and drafts of articles and other materials offer important insight into the growth of African American studies from the 1950s through 1970s as well as the growth of UMass Amherst into a major research university.

Subjects

  • African Americans--History
  • Massachusetts Review
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Afro-American Studies
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of English
  • University of Massachusetts Press

Contributors

  • Kaplan, Emma Nogrady, 1911-
  • Kaplan, Sidney, 1913-

Social Change Colloquium

Student holding academic gown adorned with Black Power symbol, 1970
Barn

Each fall, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives sponsors a colloquium focusing on a topic in social change. Like SCUA’s collections, these colloquia cover a broad terrain, touching on a variety of issues in social justice, equality, and democracy.

Colloquia are free and open to the public.

Colloquium 2014, Tenth Anniversary (Monday, November 3rd)
A Long and Winding Road: The legacy of the back-to-the-land communes of the 1960s

November 3, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Lower Level, W.E.B. Du Bois Library
“A Long and Winding Road: The legacy of the back-to-the-land communes of the 1960s,” will explore the nearly forty year history of some of the region’s best known communes: Montague Farm and Wendell Farms nearby in Massachusetts, and Packer Corners and Tree Frog Farms in neighboring southern Vermont. All were partners in the back-to-the-land movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s; all have survived into the current era. The colloquium’s four speakers, who have each spent much of the intervening years on or near one of the four farms, represent each of these idealistic enterprises, as well as offering their own specific views. What have they learned from their long years in service to their ideals? Was the altruism of the counterculture era borne out in the experiences they faced later? Would they recommend the route of alternative life to the youth and radicals of today?

The sources of inspiration that led to the creation of these communities and the evidence of their later influence are documented by SCUA. The Famous Long Ago archive was formed to collect, preserve, and make available materials relating to the communes at Montague Farm, Packer Corners, Johnson Pasture, Wendell Farm, and Tree Frog Farm. Collections range from from the papers of writers Steve Diamond, Raymond Mungo, and Jonathan Maslow to those of anti-war activists Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner; from the records of the Liberation News Service, the organization that spawned the farms, to the Alternative Energy Coalition, and Musicians United for Safe Energy, later enterprises of the region’s communal farmer-activists. It also includes the photographic collections of farm parent Roy Finestone, activist photographer Lionel Delavigne, and former head of a neighboring Montague ashram, Stephen Josephs.

Panel:
Daniel Keller, filmmaker, farmer: Wendell Farm, Green Mountain Post Films
Verandah Porche, writer, teacher: Packer Corners Farm, Monteverdi Artists Collaborative
John Scagliotti, filmmaker, LGBT activist: Tree Frog Farm, Kopkind Colony
Susan Mareneck, artist, teacher, social worker: Early resident and longtime neighbor of Montague Farm, Montague Catholic Social Ministries

Moderator:
Timothy Miller, University of Kansas, scholar of intentional communities, author of The Hippies and American Values (1991), The Quest for Utopia in Twentieth-Century America (1998), The Sixties Communes: Hippies and Beyond (1999)

Participant bios

Verandah Porche
Verandah Porche

Verandah Porche, a forty-year resident of Packer Corners Farm (known to the reading public, through the works of Ray Mungo and others, as Total Loss Farm) works as a poet-in-residence, performer, and writing partner. Based in rural Vermont since 1968, she has published three volumes of poetry – Sudden Eden (Verdant Books), The Body’s Symmetry (Harper and Row) and Glancing Off (See Through Books) – and has pursued an alternative literary career, creating collaborative writing projects in nontraditional settings: literacy and crisis centers, hospitals, factories, nursing homes, senior centers, a 200 year-old Vermont tavern, and an urban working class neighborhood. Broad Brook Anthology, a play for voices, honors the lives of elders in her home town of Guilford, Vermont. Listening Out Loud documents her residency with Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut. Come Over is a CD of songs written with her neighbor Patty Carpenter, performed by the Dysfunctional Family Jazz band. She has read her work on NPR stations, in the Vermont State House, and at the Guggenheim Museum. In 1998 the Vermont Arts Council presented her with its Award of Merit, and Marlboro College, in 2012, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Susan Mareneck
Susan Mareneck

Susan Mareneck arrived in the Pioneer Valley in the mid 1960s, and spent her college years engaged in civil rights and anti-war activities, majoring Art and Political Science. After experiencing Montague Farm for several months in its early days, she settled into an unrenovated 18th century farmhouse in nearby Leverett, a building without heat or running water. Improving it slowly but concertedly over the years, she returned regularly to the house for vacations and summers, and has remained a neighbor of Montague Farm and a member of its extended family ever since. Decamping after several years for a graduate degree in art, and finally a move to New York, she spent 30 years making art and teaching it at the Spence School and the Convent of the Sacred Heart, on New York’s upper east side, before returning to western Massachusetts in 2009 to work full time with families in Turners Falls as Executive Director at Montague Catholic Social Ministries. Living three blocks from Ground Zero, Susan saw her world change forever on 9/11. Her turn from education to social work reflects her long interest in non-profits and the role of faith in social change. Her work in that area has included projects directed toward employment, racism, educational policy, and prisons. She has exhibited, lectured, and published in the visual arts and historic preservation, and remains active in organizing the local history of her town, North Leverett, Mass.

John Scagliotti
John Scagliotti

John Scagliotti is an Emmy Award-winning American film director, producer, and radio broadcaster. He has received honors for his work on documentaries about LGBT issues including Before Stonewall and After Stonewall. During the 1970s, Scagliotti was the News and Public Affairs Director of the pioneering radio station WBCN-FM in Boston. For his work in radio, he was awarded two Major Armstrong Awards. In the early 1980s, he attended New York University Film School and went on to create In the Life for PBS, the first gay and lesbian national television series in the United States. The Scagliotti-produced documentary film Before Stonewall (1985) won the Audience Award at L.A. Outfest and two Emmies. Scagliotti directed a companion piece, After Stonewall, which won a Golden Eagle and the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Scagliotti is openly gay. His partner for 24 years was the late, highly regarded journalist Andrew Kopkind. Together they produced the radio show The Lavender Hour. Scagliotti is a longtime resident of the Kopkind Colony, an activist community housed at Tree Frog Farm, a close neighbor to Packer Corners Farm in Guilford, Vermont. The Kopkind Colony holds an educational summer residency program for nonpartisan, independent journalists and community organizers. In addition, the Colony fosters public education through publication of its lectures and the hosting of open forums on contemporary issues held at Tree Frog Farm and in other educational centers around the country.

Daniel Keller
Daniel Keller

Daniel Keller, a founder of Wendell Farm, in Wendell Massachusetts, has lived there, keeping it a working organic farm, since its inception in 1969. In collaboration with Charles Light, a former communard of the Johnson Pasture and Montague Farm, Keller’s Green Mountain Post Films, with offices in nearby Turners Falls, has produced and distributed award-winning films for more than twenty-five years. GMP’s first documentary Lovejoy’s Nuclear War, released in 1975, about Montague Farm activist Sam Lovejoy, was one of the first films to question the nuclear energy policy of the United States. Since then GMP Films has continued to produce movies that explore social issues, Its films have been used as educational and organizational tools for activists working on peace, veteran, nuclear, environmental, and other related issues. GMP films include: The Last Resort (1978), and Save the Planet (1979), both on nuclear issues; The Secret Agent (1983), on Agent Orange; and Unknown Secrets (1990), on the reaction of artists and writers to the arrest, trial, and execution of accused spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. For Vietnam Experience Keller and Light teamed up with musician Country Joe McDonald to bring viewers closer to the reality of the Vietnam War. Cannabis Rising is an early investigation into the issues surrounding marijuana today so much in the news.

Timothy Miller
Timothy Miller

Timothy Miller is a longtime student of communal living, professor of religious studies at the University of Kansas, and author of The Hippies and American Values (1991), The Quest for Utopia in Twentieth-Century America (1998), The Sixties Communes: Hippies and Beyond (1999). His course offerings include a history of intentional communities in America; American religious history; and an overview of new and alternative religious movements in the United States. Miller’s major research focus is the history of intentional communities in America, especially in the twentieth century. For his work in this area, Professor Miller has been recognized by the Communal Studies Association as a distinguished scholar. Additional areas of research interest include American religious history, new and alternative religious movements in the United States, and religion in Kansas. Professor Miller also coordinates the Religion in Kansas Oral History Project. His most recent publications include The Encyclopedic Guide to American Intentional Communities (Richard Couper Press), Spiritual and Visionary Communities: Out to Save the World (Ashgate Publishing), as well as the second edition of The Hippies and American Values (University of Tennessee Press), and the second edition of Following In His Steps: A Biography of Charles M. Sheldon (University of Tennessee Press). Through Miller’s work on American communes, he has long been familiar with the extended farm family at the center of the current symposium. In a recent book review, taking in the larger field in which he is involved, he wrote, “…it can be safely said that Montague Farm has the best published record of any of the communes.”

Association for Gravestone Studies

Association for Gravestone Studies Collection

Association for Gravestone Studies Book Collection, 1812-2005.

269 items (14 linear feet).
Call no.: Rare Book Collections

Founded in 1977, the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) is an international organization dedicated to furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. Based in Greenfield, Mass., the Association promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives. To raise public awareness about the significance of historic gravemarkers and the issues surrounding their preservation, the AGS sponsors conferences and workshops, publishes both a quarterly newsletter and annual journal, Markers, and has built an archive of collections documenting gravestones and the memorial industry.

The AGS Books Collection contains scarce, out of print, and rare printed works on cemeteries and graveyards, epitaphs and inscriptions, and gravemarkers, with an emphasis on North America. The collection is divided into two series: Series 1 (Monographs and Offprints) and Series 2 (Theses and Dissertations).

Subjects

  • Cemeteries
  • Epitaphs
  • Sepulchral monuments

Contributors

  • Association for Gravestone Studies

Bennett, John W., collector

John W. Bennett Labor Collection, ca. 1880-2000.


Call no.: MS 443

Labor historian John W. Bennett has researched the history of the labor movement since his days as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts (Class of 1952). A born collector, he began accumulating memorabilia associated with unions, drawn to their potential as a visual record of labor iconography and self-representation.

Extending back to the 1880s, the Bennett Collection includes examples from around the country, but with a particularly strong representation of New England unions between the mid-1930s and mid-1970s.

Subjects

  • Labor unions--Massachusetts

Contributors

  • Bennett, John W

Types of material

  • Badges
  • Ephemera
  • Realia

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

Collection policy

Frank Waugh's doves
Garden (white fan tailed doves in bird bath) by Frank Waugh, ca.1920

“… there must come vast social change in the United States; a change not violent, but by the will of the people certain and inexorable; carried out ‘with malice toward none but charity for all’; with meticulous justice to the rich and complete sympathy for the poor, the sick and the ignorant; with freedom and democracy for America, and on earth Peace, Good Will toward men.”

W.E.B. Du Bois, Chicago, June 29, 1951

In keeping with our mission, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives collects materials of enduring historical and cultural value relating to four major thematic areas: the history and experience of social change in America; the histories and cultures of New England with an emphasis on Massachusetts; innovation and entrepreneurship; and the broad community associated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our collections are tightly integrated and span all formats, including personal papers and organizational records, books and periodicals, maps, photographs, audio and video recordings, and digital materials of all kinds, and they currently include over 35,000 printed items, approximately 30,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival materials, tens of thousands of photographs, and a burgeoning array of digital assets.

While not comprehensive, the following includes a brief synopsis of some of the primary focal points for SCUA’s collections:

Our approach to collecting

Following in the footsteps of W.E.B. Du Bois, we recognize the inherent interconnectedness of a broad range of issues in social justice and collect original materials that document the organizational, intellectual, and individual ties that unite disparate struggles for social equality, human dignity, and justice. In adopting social change as a primary collecting focus, we hope to move beyond viewing social and political movements in isolation and toward a vision that acknowledges the connections between and among them. Ultimately, we wish to lay a foundation for examining the larger histories of social engagement in America and the broader experience of social change that is difficult to encapsulate within a single social movement.

A distinctive feature of SCUA’s approach to collecting is our effort to include “whole lives and whole communities,” to provide a robust basis for interpreting the background of the persons and organizations we document, their influences, interests, and the communities in which they operate.

Social change

Emphasizing the cross-fertilization between several social movements and centers of activist energy, including peace, social and racial justice, agricultural reform, environmentalism, sustainability, labor activism, gay activism, antinuclear activism, and intentional communities, but branching out to include antifluoridation activism, campaigns for voting rights and clean elections, community and charitable organizations, and the history of revolutionary-era Europe (1789-1848).

  • African and African American history and culture: The history of race and ethnicity in America, with particular emphasis on the struggle for racial equality and social justice.
  • Agriculture, horticulture, botany: Including agricultural science and practice, horticulture, animal husbandry, natural history, organic farming, sustainable living, and heritage breeds.
  • Antinuclear movement: SCUA holds numerous collections documenting grassroots opposition to nuclear power and nuclear weaponry.
  • Arts management and arts administration:
    In partnership with the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service, the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, and several other arts agencies, SCUA documents the history of arts administration in America. Collecting the records of state and national arts agencies, we will provide a foundation for research into the evolution of arts policy, strategies for supporting the arts, and the economic and cultural impact of the arts on our communities.
  • Cold War Culture: The culture of the Cold War, with an emphasis upon East Germany, Poland, and Yugoslavia. Among other areas, SCUA has a strong interest in the Solidarity movement and in partnership with the DEFA Film Library, in East German cinema and graphic arts.
  • Disability: Organizational records and collections of personal papers documenting the history of disability and disability rights in the United States.
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender issues: Materials relating to the history and experience of the LGBTQ community and liberation struggles.
  • Labor, work, and industry: Organized labor, industrialization, manufacturing, business history, and the experience and culture of labor and working people.
  • Peace: Materials relating to the peace and antiwar movements and non-violence, with an emphasis on New England.
Innovation and entrepreneurship

Materials that document innovative and entrepreneurial activities, and particularly social entrepreneurship. The collections in SCUA include the papers of Mark H. McCormack (a pioneer in sport and entertainment marketing), Carl C. Harris (inventor and President of Rodney Hunt Co.), and numerous collections that document our region’s distinctive history of innovation in manufacturing and technology.

New England history and culture

The social, political, cultural, intellectual, literary, and economic life, with an emphasis upon western New England. The department houses thousands of books on New England cookery, with a particular emphasis on charitable and community cookbooks and cookbooks and ephemera published by corporations and the food industry.

  • Cookery and culinary history
    SCUA has thousands of cookbooks and other materials on New England regional cuisine, including community and charitable cookbooks, commercial cookbooks by New England authors, corporate cookbooks, and culinary ephemera.
  • Literature and the arts
    Emphasizing poets and writers, playwrights, and the performing arts in New England.
  • Politics and political culture
    SCUA has rich collections documenting the history and politics of the Commonwealth, including the papers of Congressmen Silvio O. Conte and John Olver, State Senator Stanley Rosenberg, and State rep John Clark and the records of the Hampshire Council of Governments and several individual towns.
University Archives interests

Serving as the memory of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University Archives collects, preserves, and makes available official and non-official records documenting the policies, programs, facilities, and activities of the campus community, including its administration, departments and programs, faculty, and staff. The Archives also avidly collects materials that reflect the lives and experiences of its students and alumni.

SCUA makes an effort to document the histories of the entire UMass community. Our holdings include the comprehensive official records of the University since its founding in 1863, papers of faculty, staff, and students, official and unofficial publications, oral histories, and a wide range of other collections that reflect on our history as the Commonwealth’s land grant institution.

Other areas

SCUA has developed depth in a handful of other collecting areas, including:

  • American Study of Japan and Asia
    American relations with Japan from the Meiji period to the present, and connections with China and other Asian countries.
  • Protistology
    Records of the scholarly study of the protista (protozoans).

Concordance for the Archives, A

[ A ][ B ][ C ][ D ][ E ][ F ][ G ][ H ][ I, J ][ K ][ L ][ M ][ N ]
[ O ][ P, Q ][ R ][ S ][ T ][ U ][ V ][ W ][ XYZ ]

A

A & F Notes (1996- ) (Administrative Services)
RG-35/00
AAC
see Academic Advisors Council (AAC) (1986-1993) RG-40/3/A.5
AASA
see Asian American Students Association (AASA) (1975- ) RG-45/40/A8
AAUP
see American Association of University Professors (AAUP) RG-40/5/A2
AAUP Newsletter
see American Association of University Professors Newsletter (UMass Chapter) (1970-1980) RG-40/5/A2
Abilities Unlimited (1986-1990)
RG-45/40/A2
ABLE, Project
see Project ABLE RG-12/2
ABSA
see Applied Behavioral Science Alliance (ABSA) (1973-1974) RG-40/3/A6
Academic Activities Board
RG-30/23/2
Academic Advisors Council
RG-40/3/A.5
Academic Advisory Council (College of Arts and Science)
RG-11/2.1
Academic Affairs
RG-6
Academic Affairs, Assistant Vice President for
RG-3/6/1
Academic Affairs, Associate Vice Chancellor for
see Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Associate (1988) RG-6/3
Academic Affairs Committee (Student Senate) (1972- )
RG-45/7/A2
Academic Affairs, Notes From
see Notes From Academic Affairs (1981-1982) RG-6/00/N6
Academic Affairs Publications
RG-6/00
Academic Affairs, Assistant Vice President for
see Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assistant RG-3/6/1
Academic Affairs, Vice Chancellor for
see Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost RG-6/1
Academic Affairs, Vice President for
see Vice President for Academic Affairs RG-3/6
Academic Budget, Director of
RG-6/11
Academic Calendar (Four & Five College Cooperation) (1958- )
RG-60/5/00
Academic Computing
seeComputing, Provost’s Task Force on Academic (1984- ) RG-40/2/C6.7
Academic Deans Meeting
see Dean’s Council; Provost’s Administrative Council; Academic Deans Meeting (1955-1977) RG-6/2
Academic Departments, Programs, Institutes, Centers
RG-25
Academic Development Center, Counseling and
see Counseling and Academic Development Center (CADC) RG-11/8
Academic Freedom, Faculty Group for (1969-1970)
RG-40/3/A1
Academic Honesty, Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1969, 1977)
RG-40/2/A3
Academic Instructional Media Services (AIMS)
RG-6/22
see also Audio-Visual Department (1948-1990′s) RG-8/1/5.
Academic Matters Committee/Council (Faculty Senate, 1965- )
RG-40/2/A2
see also Predecessor Committees: Curriculum, Course of Study
Academic Matters Council
see Academic Matters Committee (Faculty Senate, 1957- ) RG-40/2/A2
Academic Personnel Policies Committee, ad hoc Multi-Campus (1974-1975)
see Inter-Campus Committees–Personnel Policies Committee, ad hoc Multi Campus Academic (1974-1975) RG-3/100
Academic Personnel Policies Committee (Faculty Senate, 1967- )
RG-40/2/A3
see also Personnel Policy Committee (Faculty Senate, 1967- ) RG-40/2/A3
Academic Planning and Assessment, Office of (OAPA)
see Office of Academic Planning and Assessment (OAPA) RG-4/3/6
Academic Priorities, ad hoc Committee (Faculty Senate, 1978- )
RG-40/2/A3
Academic Programs, Residential
see Residential Academic Programs RG-32/14
Academic Review Committee, ad hoc (Faculty Senate, 1977)
RG-40/2/A3
Academic Support Center, Undergraduate Advising and
see Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Center (UAASC) (1997- ) RG-6/7
Academic Support Services, Dean
RG-30/4
ACCESS (1989)
RG-45/40/A2.5
ACCENTS (1997- ) (Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station)
RG-15/2.2
Accounting Association
see Accounting Department–Accounting Association RG-25/A2
Accounting, Cashiering
RG-35/5
Accounting Department
RG-25/A2
Acid Rain Monitoring Project Newsletter
see ARM Newsletter (1985-1993) RG-25/W2/00
ACLAN
see Comparative Literature–American Comparative Literature Association Newsletter (ACLAN) (1968-1971) RG-25/C8/00
Acquisitions (Library) (1870- )
RG-8/4/1
Action Committee, ad hoc Faculty/Librarian (1980)
RG-40/3/A1.5
Action, University Year for
see University Year for Action (UYA) RG-6/4/4
Activities and Events, Miscellaneous (Photographs)
RG-145
see also Panoramic Photos RG-170
Activities, Departmental (Photographs)
see Departmental Activities (Photographs) RG-160
Activities Problems, Student Workshop on
see Student Workshop on Activities Problems (SWAP) RG-45/40/S8.8
Activities Without Formal Organization or Name, Student
see Student Activities Without Formal Organization or Name RG-45/100
Acts (Printed materials, oversize)
RG-184/1
Actuarial Program
see Mathematics and Statistics Dept.–Actuarial Program RG-25/M5/3
ADAEP
see Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education Program (ADAEP) (Division of Human Services and Applied Behavioral Sciences) RG-13/4/1
Addresses (Commencement) (1871- )
RG-1/7/3
Adelphia (Honorary Society)
RG-45/60/A3
Administration and Finance, Vice Chancellor for
see Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance RG-35/1/1
Administration and Leadership (School of Education–Design for Effective Learning Cluster)
RG-13/3/23/7
see also Leadership and Administration, Center for (Educational Planning and Management Cluster) RG-13/3/17/3
Administration, Dean of
see Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services RG-35/1
Administrative Instruction (Administrative Services)
RG-35/00
Administrative Notices
RG-35/00
Administrative Policy, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1957-1958)
RG-40/2/A3
Administrative Reorganization of Special Programs, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1981)
RG-40/2/A3
Administrative Services
RG-35
Administrative Services, Publications
RG-35/00
Administrative Services, Vice Chancellor for
see Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services RG-35/1
Admissions
RG-30/5
see also Graduate Admissions RG-9/5/2
Admissions and Records, Board of (Faculty Senate, 1960- )
RG-40/2/A3
Admissions Task Force, Undergraduate
see Undergraduate Admissions Task Force (1999- ) RG-40/2/U2
Advanced Study in the Humanities, Institute for
see Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (IASH) (1981- ) RG-6/19
Advancement, University
see University Relations and Development RG-39
Advising and Academic Support Center, Undergraduate
see Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Center (UAASC) (1997- ) RG-6/7
Advising Center, College of Arts and Sciences, Information and
see College of Arts and Sciences Information and Advising Center (CASIAC) RG-11/5
dingbatAdvisory Council of Women (View online)
RG-30/24
Advisory Council of Women Film (ca. 1927)
RG-186/100/1
Aerobics, Men’s
see Sports-Men’s Aerobics (1988) RG-18/2
Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical and
see Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering RG-25/M6
Aesthetics, Center for
RG-13/3/21/3
Affirmative Action Office (1982- )
RG-4/7
see also Provost for Women and Minority Groups, Associate ( 1968-1981) RG-6/13
Affirmative Business Leadership Education (ABLE)
see Project ABLE RG-12/2
African-Latino-Asian-Native American
see ALANA Honor Society RG-45/60/A3.5
ALANA, Office of
RG-45/80/A4.5
African Students Association
see Afro-American Society RG-45/40/A3.2
Afro-American Society/African Student Association (ASA) (1968- )
RG-45/40/A3.2
Afro-American Studies, W.E.B. Du Bois Dept. of
RG-25/A4
see also Five College Black Studies Program RG-60/5/3; Five College Cooperation RG-60/5
AFSCME, Local 1776; Council 41
see Local 1776 AFSCME; Council 41 RG-40/5/S4
AGENDA, The New Senate (1993 )
RG-45/00/A1
Aggie Banqueteer (1917)
RG-45/00/A2
Aggie Life (Student Body Newspaper)
RG-45/00/A3
see also Aggie Life (Duplicate Collection) (1890) RG-99/1
Aggie Life (Microfilms) (1890-1901) RG-190/11
Aggie Life (Duplicate Collection) (1890)
RG-99/1
Aggie Life (Microfilms)
RG-190/11
Aggie News Letter (1917)
RG-45/00/A4
Aging, Center on
see Center on Aging (Human Development Concentration) RG-13/4/10
Agricultural and Environmental Microbiology
see Environmental Sciences, Department of RG-25/E8
Agricultural and Food Economics
see Food and Resource Economics RG-25/F45
Agricultural and Food Economics–Progress Report on Research (Department Series)
RG-25/F45
Agricultural and Resource Economics, Dept. of
see Food and Resource Economics, Dept. of RG-25/F4.5
Agricultural Education Circular (Extension Service, Cooperative)
RG-15/8
Agricultural Engineering, Department of
RG-25/A5.5
see also Food and Agricultural Engineering RG-25/F4
Agricultural Engineering Laboratory, Wareham
RG-25/M6.1
Agricultural Experiment Station (Main Microfilms)
see UMass Library catalog for holdings
Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of Massachusetts
see Experiment Station (1888- ) RG-15/2.2
Agricultural Extension Service (Main Microfilms)
see UMass Library catalog for holdings
Agricultural Improvement Association (1911-1912)
RG-45/40/A3.6
Agricultural Management Systems Center
RG-25/A5.75
Agricultural Review, Massachusetts
see Extension Service, Cooperative — Massachusetts Agricultural Review (1926-1931) RG-15/8
see also Massachusetts Agricultural Review (1926-1930) (Official University Committee) RG-40/2/M4
Agricultural Review, Mass., Committee on
see Massachusetts Agricultural Review, Committee on (1926-1930) RG-40/2/M4
Agricultural Studies Center
see International Agricultural Studies, Center for RG-15/4
Agriculture, College of
see College of Food and Natural Resources RG-15
Agronomy
see Plant and Soil Sciences RG-25/P4
Agronomy Digest
see Extension Service, Cooperative–Agronomy Digest (1982-1993) RG-15/8
Ahora (Student Social Action Group) (1974)
RG-45/80/A4
AIDS Memorial Quilt Project (1992- )
RG-11/20
AIDS, University Committee on (Official University Committee) (1987-1993)
RG-40/2/A5.5
AIMS
see Academic Institute Media Services (AIMS) RG-6/22
see also Audio-Visual Department (as part of library) RG-8/1/5
Air Science, Military
see Military and Air Science RG-25/M8
ALANA Honor Society
RG-45/60/A3.5
Note: As of 1999, ALANAI (African- Latino- Asian- Native American and International Honor Society)
ALANA, Office of (Asian Latino African Native American)
RG-45/80/A4.5
ALANAI
see ALANA Honor Society RG-45/60/A3.5
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education Program (ADAEP) (Division of Human Services and Applied Behavioral Sciences)
RG-13/4/1
Alcohol Education Project, Demonstration
see Demonstration Alcohol Education Project RG-30/15/2/3
Alcohol Program, Residential Education
see Residential Education Alcohol Program (REAP) (1987- ) RG-30/31
Alcohol Use, University Committee on (Official University Committee) (1957-1959, 1984- )
RG-40/2/A6
Alliance for Student Power (ASP) (1994- )
see Radical Student Union RG-45/80/R1
Allied Students Against Prejudice (ASAP) (1992)
RG-45/40/A4
ALPHA BITS (1925-1928) (Phi Sigma Kappa)
RG-45/90/P5.6
Alpha Chi Omega (1962-1986)
RG-45/90/A3.5
Alpha Delta Phi (1980)
RG-45/90/A4
Alpha Epsilon Pi (1983, 1986)
RG-45/90/A4.3
Alpha Gamma Rho (1985)
RG-45/90/A4.2
Alpha Kappa Alpha (2000- )
RG-45/90/A4.31
Alpha Lambda Delta (Honor Society)
RG-45/60/A4.2
Alpha Phi Alpha (1995)
RG-45/90/A4.32
Alpha Phi Gamma (Honor Society)
RG-45/60/A4.4
Alpha Phi Mu (Honor Society)
RG-45/60/A4.45
Alpha Phi Omega (1970)
RG-45/90/A4.4
see also Freshman Register (1974-1977, classes of 1978-1981) (Alpha Phi Omega) RG-45/00/F6.5
Alpha Sigma Lambda (Honor Society)
RG-45/60/A4.7
Alpha Sigma Phi
see College Shakespearean Club (Alpha Sigma Phi) RG-45/90/C9
Alpha Tau Gamma (1919- )
RG-45/90/A4.6
Alpha Zeta (Honor Society)
RG-45/60/A4.9
ALSA Forum (National Journal) (1981-1984)
RG-25/L7/00
see also Legal Studies Forum: An Interdisciplinary Journal (1985-1988) RG-25/L7/00
Alternative Schools (School of Education–National Alternative Schools Program)
RG-13/3/21/7
Alternative Schools, Center for
RG-13/4/10
see also Alternative Schools RG-13/3/21/7
Alternative School Program, National
see Alternative Schools (National Alternative Schools Program) RG-13/3/21/7
Alumni
RG-50
Alumni Advisory Committee on Campus Development (1945-1946)
RG-6/15/2
Alumni Affairs
see Alumni Office RG-50/1
Alumni Affairs, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate,1990)
RG-40/2/A3
Alumni, Associate
see Associate Alumni RG-50/2
Alumni Associations (City, Regional, and Other Special Associations–not athletic)
RG-50/5
Alumni Athletic Association, MAC
see MACAAA RG-50/4
Alumni Bulletin (1919-1953)
RG-50/00/3
see also Alumni Bulletin (Duplicate Collection) (1919-1953) RG-99/1
Alumni, by Class (Photographs)
see Students and Alumni, by Class (Photographs) RG-130
Alumni Classes, by Year (including individual students)
see Classes, by Year RG-50/6
Alumni Club, On Campus
see On Campus Alumni Club (1986-1989) RG-40/3/O5
Alumni Committee on Campus Development
see Alumni Advisory Committee (1945-1946) RG-6/15/2
Alumni Connection, The UMASS (1992- )
RG-50/00/3
Alumni Day, Mid-Winter
see Mid-Winter Alumni Day (Official University Committee) (1923-1926) RG-40/2/M5
Alumni Directories
see Directories, Alumni RG-50/1
see also Directories, Student RG-1/00/5
Alumni Directories (Duplicate Collection) (1918, 1929, 1935, 1968)
RG-99/1
Alumni Group, On-Campus
see On-Campus Alumni Group (1986- ) RG-40/3/O5
Alumni Materials (Duplicate Collection)
RG-99/1
Alumni News, MAC College and
see MAC College and Alumni News (Vol. 1-6, 1903-1908) RG-50/00/3
Alumni/ae Newsletter (School of Education)
see School of Education Alumni Newsletter (1993) RG-13/00
Alumni Obituaries, Biographies
see Obituaries, Biographies (Alumni) RG-50/00/2
Alumni Office (Office of Development and Alumni Affairs)
RG-50/1
Alumni Organizations by Class
see Classes by Year (including individual students) RG-50/6
Alumni Periodicals
RG-50/00/3
Alumni Photographs
see Students and Alumni by Class (photographs) RG-130
Alumni Publications
RG-50/00
Alumni, Stockbridge
see Stockbridge Alumni RG-50/3
Alumni/ae Newsletter (School of Education)(1993)
RG-13/00
Alumnus Magazine, The (Photo Collection)
RG-147
dingbatAlumnus, The (Alumni Periodicals) (1953-1989) View online (1970-1976)
RG-50/00/3
see also Alumni Connection, The UMASS Winter (1992- ) RG-50/00/3
Amateur Radio Club
see Radio Club, Amateur (1948- ) RG-45/40/R3
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
RG-40/5/A2
see also American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Newsletter RG-40/5/A2
American Association of University Professors Newsletter (1970-1980)
RG-40/5/A2
American Comparative Literature Association Newsletter (ACLAN) (1968-1976)
RG-25/C8/00
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
see Local 1776, AFSCME, Council 41 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) RG-40/5/S4
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CI0, Local-1359, UMASS Chapter
see American Federation of Teachers–UMass Faculty Records (1963-1964) MS152
American Legal Studies Association
see ALSA Forum RG-25/L7/00
American Literature, Early
see Early American Literature RG-25/E3/00
Americans for Freedom, Young
see Young Americans for Freedom RG-45/80/Y6
Amherst Camera Club
see Camera Club, Amherst RG-45/40/C3
Amherst Campus Council
see Campus Council, Amherst (1992- ) RG-4/11
Amherst Campus to Other Campuses of the University, ad hoc Committee
on the Relationship of (Faculty Senate, 1972-1974) RG-40/2/A3
Amnesty International, UMASS (1986-1998)
RG-45/80/A5
An Informal Chat with Non-Professional Woman (1972)
RG-7/2/00
Animal Care Committee (Research and Graduate Studies)
RG-9/1/2/3
Animal Husbandry, Animal Science Club
see Veterinary and Animal Sciences–Animal Husbandry, Animal Science Club RG-25/V2
Animal Rights Coalition (ARC) (1993)
RG-45/80/A6
Animal Science Club
see Veterinary and Animal Sciences–Animal Husbandry, Animal Science Club RG-25/V2
Animal Sciences
see Veterinary and Animal Sciences RG-25/V2
Animals (Photographs)
RG-165
Anniversary Slide Show, UMass 125th
see UMass 125th Anniversary Slide Show (1988) RG-187/1
Anniversaries
see Centennial and Other Anniversaries; Special Days (1868- ) RG-1/8
Annual Reports, Experiment Station
see Experiment Station , Annual Reports (1888- ) RG-15/2.2
Annual Reports, Experiment Station
see Experiment Station, Annual Reports (1882-1895) RG-15/2.1
dingbatAnnual Reports, University (1863-1989)
RG-1/00/2
View online (1864-1973) or View online (1879-1975)
and Annual Reports, Duplicate Collection (1863-1989) RG-99/2
Anthropological Survey Service, University Monthly
see University Monthly Anthropological Survey Service (UMASS) RG-25/A6/00
Anthropology, Department of
RG-25/A6
Anthropology Research Reports, Dept. of (1968-1989)
RG-25/A6/00
Anti-Racism Coalition (1992)
RG-45/40/A5
Anti-Semitism Task Force, Jewish Awareness
see Civility in Human Relations, Commission on RG-40/2/C3
Apartments (Lincoln, University and North Village)
RG-35/12/1
see also Apartments, North Village RG-36/102/N5
Applesauce (1974-1976)
RG-13/3/21/7
see also Alternative School Programs RG-13/4/10
Applied Behavioral Science Alliance (ABSA) (1973-1974)
RG-40/3/A6
Applied Behavioral Sciences, Division of Human Services
see Division of Human Services and Applied Behavioral Sciences (HS/ABS) RG-13/4/1
Applied Mathematics, Center for
RG-25/M5.5
Applied Technology Center (College of Engineering)
RG-14/3
Aquacultural Engineering Laboratory, Wareham
RG-25/M6.1
Arab/Arab Students Association (ca. 1969)
RG-45/40/A6
Arboretum
see Waugh Arboretum (Physical Plant) (1944) RG-36/104/W3
ARC
see Animal Rights Coalition (ARC) (1993- ) RG-45/80/A6
Archaeological Services (1992- )
RG-6/4/14/6
Archery (Men’s)
see Sports-Men’s Archery (1939-1940, 1947) RG-18/2
Archives (Archives and Manuscripts) (1967- )
RG-8/1/3
Arcon (University Guide Service) (1964-1984)
RG-45/90/A7
see also University Tour Service (1984- ) RG-30/4/1
Area Government, Dormitories and
see Housing Services RG-32
Area Studies (College of Arts and Science)
RG-11/3
Arion Quartet
see Singing Clubs–Arion Quartet RG-25/M9.5
ARM Newsletter (1982-1993)
RG-25/W2/00
Armenian Students Club (1985)
RG-45/40/A7
Army Reserve Unit (1961)
RG-40/3/A7
Army Specialized Training Reserve Program (ASTRP)
see Military and Air Science–ASTRP RG-25/M8/3
Arnold Air Society
see Military and Air Sciences–Arnold Air Society RG-25/M8
Art Department
RG-25/A7
Art Exhibition, ad hoc Committee on the (Faculty Senate, 1967-1968,1975-1976)
RG-40/2/A3
Art Gallery (Herter and University Gallery)
RG-11/15
see also Art Exhibition, ad hoc Committee on the (Faculty Senate) RG-40/2/A3
Art Posters (Poster Collection)
RG-180/5
Art Sites, Galleries and Public
see Galleries and Public Art Sites RG-36/50/G2
Art Sitings (1993 )
RG-11/13
Art Students Association, Undergraduate
see Undergraduate Art Students Association (U-Arts) RG-45/40/U5
Artifacts (Memorabilia, general)
RG-183/1
Arts and Music Committee
RG-45/50/A7
Arts and Sciences
RG-11
Arts and Sciences, College of
see College of Arts and Sciences RG-11/1-7
Arts and Sciences, Dean
see College of Arts and Sciences, Dean RG-11/1
Arts Council
see Fine Arts Council RG-11/13
Arts Extension Service
RG-7/5
Arts Extension Service Newsletter (1977-1981)
RG-7/5
Arts Program, Feminist
see Feminists Arts Program (Everywoman’s Center) RG-7/2/2/2
ASAP
see Allied Students Against Prejudice (ASAP) (1992- ) RG-45/40/A4
Asbestos Control Office
RG-36/2
Asia House, United
see United Asia House RG-45/40/U6
Asia Learning Resource Center, United
see United Asia Learning Resource Center (UALRC) (1990) RG-25/U5
Asian, Latino, African, Native American
see ALANA, Office of RG-45/80/A4.5
see also ALANA Honor Society RG-45/60/A3.5
Asian American Students Organization (AASA) (1975- )
RG-45/40/A8
Asian Arts and Culture
RG-25/F3/A8
Asian Club, South
see South Asian Club (1992- ) RG-45/40/S4.23
Asian Indian Association
see Indian, Asian, Association RG-45/40/I5
Asian Studies (Program and Committee)
RG-25/A8
Asian Studies Committee Occasional Papers Series (1978-1980)
RG-25/A8/00
ASP
see Alliance for Student Power RG-45/80/R1
Assemblies (1946, 1991)
RG-1/10
Assistantships, Teacher Improvement (Graduate School)
RG-10/1/20
Associate Alumni
RG-50/2
Associations, Unions and (Student)
see Unions and Associations (Student) RG-45/45
Associations, Unions and (Faculty and Staff)
see Unions and Associations (Faculty and Staff) RG-40/4
Associations with Other Institutions
RG-60
Astronomy
see Physics and Astronomy RG-25/P3
ASTRP (Army Specialized Training Reserve Program)
see Military and Air Science–ASTRP RG-25/M8/3
Athletic Association, MAC Alumni
see MACAAA RG-50/4
Athletic Council of Faculty Senate (Faculty Senate, 1960- )
RG-40/2/A3
Athletic Department (by sport)
RG-18/2
see also Physical Education, Men’s Department RG-25/P3.1
Physical Education, Women’s Department RG-25/P3.2
Athletics
see Athletic Department RG-18/2
Atlantic Studies, Institute for
see Freiburg Program RG-25/F8
Attorney-Legal Services Office (LSO)
RG-45/2
Au Present (1966)
RG-45/00/A8
Audio Tapes
RG-185/2/1
Audio-Visual Advisory Committee (Faculty Senate, 1979-1986)
RG-40/2/A3
Audio-Visual Council (Faculty Senate, 1956-1960)
RG-40/2/A3
Audio-Visual Department
see Library Audio-Visual Department (1948-1990′s) RG-8/1/5
see also Academic Instructional Media Services (AIMS) (1998- ) RG-6/22
Audio-Visual Software
RG-185 through 190
Auto Pool Committee (Student Senate)
RG-45/7/A8
Auxiliary Services
RG-35/19
A-V Center
see Audio-Visual Department (as part of Library) RG-8/1/5
see also Union Video RG-45/30/U5
Awards (Faculty and Staff)
RG-40/1/11
see also Distinguished Teaching Award RG-1/11
Awards (Printed materials, oversize)
RG-184/2
Awards (Faculty and Staff)
RG-40/1/11
Awards, Prizes (1909- )
RG-1/11
see also University Medal for Outstanding Service RG-2/99
Awareness Committee, Campus
see Campus Awareness Committee (1986- ) RG-40/2/C.5

Regional history

Two girls in carriage, Quabbin region, ca.1910
Two girls in carriage, Quabbin region, ca.1910

As one of the main repositories documenting the history of western Massachusetts and New England, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives collects primary materials relating to the political, cultural, economic, and intellectual life of our region, and the lives and experiences of its residents.

Concentrated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the collections in SCUA touch on many aspects of the history of the region with developing depth in immigration, labor, work, and industry, social change and movements for social change, and literature and the arts. Among the more valuable collections for the political history of the region is the papers of Silvio O. Conte, Republican congressman from the First District of Massachusetts from 1959-1991. A member of the House Appropriations Committee (and its ranking minority member from 1979-1991), Conte is particularly remembered for his work in Health and Human Services, education, and the environment. SCUA also holds collections for state representatives John Haigis and Maurice Donahue, as well as other figures involved in political life in the Commonwealth.

Although the Department holds materials relating to individual communities in western Massachusetts, the history of the Quabbin watershed is a particular focal point. SCUA collects books printed in the Quabbin region and more generally, in rural New England prior to 1900, as well as manuscript, printed, and photographic collections relating to Quabbin towns.

Significant collections

  • Business and industry
    • In addition to collections relating to organized labor and the labor movement, SCUA attempts to document the experience of work and the business community to provide a rounded understanding of work life in New England. For a more complete listing, see our guide for Labor, Work, and Industry.
  • Civic organizations and charities
    • Collections ranging from the records of charitable organizations that provide social services to groups that foster civic engagement and social justice, benevolent and ethnic self-help societies, to organizations that support social and professional communities.
  • Family history
    • SCUA has a strong interest in “family collections,” typically collections that include correspondence, photograph albums, family and farm accounts, and other materials that reveal the every day lives of New Englanders. Researchers on family life and genealogy should note that many collections indexed under other subjects contain personal and family information of some importance. Our printed materials collections include many local and county histories, genealogies, and other resources which may be useful for understanding family life.
  • Immigration, demography, and ethnicity
  • Medical history
    • Collections include daybooks and medical accounts of physicians, primarily from the nineteenth century, personal papers of physicians, and some materials on public health policy.
  • Military history
    • Although SCUA has scattered holdings relating to earlier wars, the department houses interesting materials relating to World War II and the War in Vietnam, with the latter concentrated on the antiwar movement.
  • Political life and culture
    • The distinctive political culture of Massachusetts and formal and informal political activity in the Commonwealth. Although the collections extend back into the nineteenth century, our focus is primarily on the post-World War II period.
  • Printing in rural Massachusetts
    • SCUA collects books, broadsides, and other materials printed in rural New England prior to 1900. The collections include a growing collection for the printers in the Quabbin region, Solomon and John Howes, but also includes works printed in small towns throughout Berkshire, Hampshire, Hamden, and Franklin Counties.
  • Quabbin Regional collections
    • Collections relating to all aspects of life and the legacy of the four towns inundated by the Quabbin Reservoir: Dana, Greenwich, Enfield, and Prescott, as well as surrounding communities such as New Salem, Petersham, and Wendell. In our rare books holdings, we have a number of works printed in Enfield or Greenwich, mostly by Solomon and John Howe.
  • Religious life
    • Our efforts to document the spiritual lives and religious commitments of New Englanders has resulted in a number of manuscript and archival collections. Our social change holdings include a number of collections on spiritually-motivated social reform, and our rare book holdings include hundreds of published sermons and other printed materials relating to religious life in the region.
  • New England regional history

UMass Amherst. Students

UMass Amherst. Student Body, 1867-2007.

(155 linear feet).
Call no.: RG 45

Since the arrival of the first class of students at Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1867, the student body at UMass has grown to over 20,500 undergraduates and nearly 6,000 graduate students.

Record Group 45 includes the collected records of student activities at UMass Amherst, from student publications and organizations (fraternities and sororities, unions, and honorary societies) to records of student government, student protests, and religious and social groups. Also included are class notes and correspondence of some individual students while enrolled in the University.

Connect to another siteA number of student publications have been digitized and are indexed in YouMass.

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  • Bay State Ruralist
  • College Signal
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  • Greek letter societies--Massachusetts
  • Student newspapers and periodicals--Massachusetts
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