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Watchmaker's Account Book, 1882-1883

1 vol. (0.1 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 623 bd

The mid-century success of the Waltham Watch Company set the stage for a period of innovation and corporate ferment in the manufacture and distribution of watches in the United States. As watchmakers and technologies spread and new companies sprouted and split at a rapid pace, Springfield emerged as a center for the production of high quality, mass produced watches. Perhaps best known among the large local corporations, the Hampden Watch Company was established in 1877 from the New York Watch Company and was bought out in turn by the Dueber Watch Company and relocated a decade later.

The unidentified owner of this slender account book maintained itemized records of income and expenses for a relatively small watchmaking concern in Springfield between May 1882 and September 1883. Most of the trade consisted of sales of accoutrements and repair work.


  • Springfield (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
  • Watchmakers--Massachusetts--Springfield

Types of material

  • Account books

Wendell (Mass.). Treasurer Account book, 1794-1864

1 vol. (0.1 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 090

A sparsely populated rural community in eastern Franklin County, Massachusetts, the town of Wendell was incorporated in 1781 after it was separated from the adjacent towns of Shutesbury and Erving. Primarily a farming community to the present day with only light manufacturing (particularly the manufacture of palm-leaf hats), Wendell remains one of the state’s least populous communities.

A standard double column account book, the Treasurer’s ledger from the town of Wendell was reviewed, settled, and approved annually by the selectmen. The transactions are the typical stuff of small town life in New England, recording taxes, payments for expenses relating to schools and maintenance of the poor, and during the Civil War, payments of bounty money for volunteers. Among the signatories are locally prominent figures such as Judge Joshua Green and the Treasurers Samuel Brewer, George W. Fleming, and Franklin Howe (and other members of the Howe family).


  • Green, Joshua
  • Wendell (Mass.)--History--19th century


  • Brewer, Samuel
  • Fleming, George W
  • Howe, Franklin
  • Wendell (Mass.). Treasurer

Types of material

  • Account books

Westhampton Town Records, 1779-1900

10 boxes (5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 799
Close-up of records from 1779
Close-up of records from 1779

Originally settled by Europeans in 1762, the town of Westhampton, Massachusetts, was separated from adjacent Northampton and incorporated in September 1778. Situated in the western reaches of Hampshire County, it was principally an agricultural town until the later twentieth century, producing apples, other fruit, and maple sugar, with only minor industry. The town still retains its rural character: a century after incorporation, the population had grown to just over 500, and nearly 1,500 by 2000.

The Westhampton collection provides an extensive record of public life and local governance in a typical small Hampshire County town. Spanning from 1779, just after the date of incorporation, through the turn of the twentieth century, the collection includes extensive records of town meetings, including warrants, agendas, and summaries; records of the Overseers of Poor, the schools, militia service, and parish; materials on roads and highways; and a large quantity of financial records.


  • Churches--Massachusetts--Westhampton
  • Poor--Massachusetts--Westhampton
  • Roads--Massachusetts--Westhampton
  • Town meetings--Massachusetts--Westhampton

Westhampton Congregational Church Records, 1817-1970

17 vols. (1.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 806

The Congregational Church in Westhampton, Mass., was formally organized on Sept. 1, 1779, with the installation of a young graduate of Yale, Enoch Hale, brother of the patriot Nathan Hale. At the end of Hale’s fifty years in the Westhampton pulpit, the church experienced a crisis that resulted in the separation of a portion of the membership as the Union Church, led by the charismatic evangelical preacher John Truair. The churches were reunited in 1850.

The records of the Westhampton Congregational Church document nearly two hundreds of religious life in a rural western Massachusetts community. Beginning with the founding of the church in 1779, the collection include a nearly unbroken record of church activities including thorough records of membership, transfers, marriages, baptisms, deaths, and church discipline, and for the latter century, a complete record of church finances. Of particular note is a volume recording the activities of the secessionist Union Church, 1829-1849.


  • Congregational churches--Massachusetts--Westhampton
  • Hale, Enoch, 1753-1837
  • Revivals--Massachusetts--Westhampton
  • Second Great Awakening
  • Truair, John, 1780-1845
  • Westhampton (Mass.)--Religious life and customs


  • Union Church (Westhampton, Mass.)

Types of material

  • Account books

Whately Town Records, 1717-1900

4 reels (0.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 408 mf

The Connecticut River Valley town of Whately, Mass., was first settled by Europeans in about 1672, separating from the northern section of Hatfield and displacing the Norwottucks, or Fresh Water Indians. Officially incorporating in 1771, the town’s economy has been based primarily in agriculture, including the production of tobacco, potatoes, and dairy.

The four reels of microfilm that comprise this collection contain records of the town of Whately, Mass., from settlement in the middle of the nineteenth century, including records of the Congregational Church, deeds, and vital records (births, baptisms, marriages, deaths).


  • Whately (Mass.)--History

Types of material

  • Microfilm

Worthington (Mass.) Tavern Account Book, 1826-1854

1 vol. (0.2 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 421 bd

By the turn of the nineteenth century, the Hampshire County town of Worthington, Massachusetts, was a significant crossroads on the Boston-Albany Turnpike, belying its small size. The population in Worthington peaked at barely over 1,000 in 1810, and declined slowly thereafter, although it remained an active stopover on the road for many years.

This standard double column account book provides a concentrated record of financial and other transactions in the antebellum period, probably associated with a tavern in Worthington, Mass. Although the ledger’s keeper is unidentified, it records an assortment of odd jobs filing saws, smoking meat, lending horses, carting, pasturing cattle, and tending sheep, along with the sale of significant quantities of beer and cider and a regular stream of hard brandy and rum. There are records as well of providing meals and, in one instance, caring for prisoners and their keepers overnight (p. 21). Most of the clients who can be positively identified were residents of Worthington (e.g., Persis Knapp, Chauncy B. Rising, Nathan Searl, Shubal Parish, Elisha H. Brewster, Addison D. Perry, Merritt Hall, and Otis Boies), however others are noted as wayfarers, passing through from towns such as Whately or Hadley. Clients settled their accounts with a motley mixture of cash, goods, and labor.


  • Taverns (Inns)--Massachusetts--Worthington
  • Worthington (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century

Types of material

  • Account books

Yarn Finishers Union (Fall River, Mass.) Records, 1919-1922

1 flat box (0.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 006

The Yarn Finishers Union was one of several autonomous craft bodies affiliated with the Fall River-based American Federation of Textile Operatives (originally known as the National Amalgamation of Textile Workers). Active in several shops — including Durfee Mills, Tecumseh Mills, Union Belt Co., O.B. Wetherell and Son, and Troy Cotton and Woolen Manufactory — the Yarn Finishers included membership from different segments of the work force, including rollers, quillers, and harness markers.

This slender collection documents two years of labor activism by the Yarn Finishers Union in Fall River, Mass. The minutebook begins in May 1919 as the Yarn Finishers voted to strike over low and unequal wages, particularly those to “girls,” and includes references to elections, financial issues such as the proposition to institute a minimum wage scale, and to settling disputes. The minutes continue through the end of a much quieter year, 1922. The second volume consists of a record of union dues collected, arranged loosely by craft.


  • Fall River (Mass.)--History
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts
  • Textile workers--Labor unions--Massachusetts


  • American Federation of Textile Operatives

Types of material

  • Minutebooks

J. William Belanger Papers, 1932-1986

3 boxes (3 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 117

A leader in organized labor, William Belanger began as an organizer for the AFL’s United Textile Workers in 1932, eventually becoming the New England Regional Director and International Vice President of the TWUA and in 1958, the first President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

The Belanger Papers provide insight into the long career in labor activism, and include correspondence, writings, subject files, and printed materials. Of particular interest is a series of four oversized scrapbooks that cover Belanger’s career from 1934 through his final position as Director of the Massachusetts Department of Employment Security. These are especially enlightening on labor’s political activities, the CIO’s success in thwarting anti-labor referenda in 1948, and the efforts to expel Communists from the labor movement.


  • Elections--Massachusetts--History--20th century
  • Labor leaders--New England--Biography
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts--Politics and government--1865-1950
  • New England--Economic conditions--20th century
  • Textile Workers Organizing Committee
  • Textile Workers Union of America
  • Textile industry--Massachusetts
  • Textile workers--Labor unions--New England


  • Belanger, J. William, 1907-1986

Types of material

  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

Charles Bestor Papers, 1971-2002

2 boxes (0.75 linear feet)
Call no.: FS 126

Composer and presently the Professor of Composition and Director of the Electronic and Computer Music Studios of the University of Massachusetts Amherst who has taught at Juilliard School of Music and numerous other universities, won international awards for his music, and collaborated with contemporary installation artists. Includes scores and sound recordings for two of his compositions, Suite for Alto Saxophone and Percussion and In the Shell of the Ear, as well as correspondence, concert programs, and reviews all relating to the publication and performance of the works.


  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Music and Dance


  • Bestor, Charles

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Baccalaureate Day
see Press Information (Commencement) RG-1/7/1
Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC)
Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration Newsletter (1973- )
Baha’i Club (Religious Club) (1972-1997)
Bands (Music and Dance Department)
Banqueteer, Aggie
see Aggie Banqueteer RG-45/00/A2
Baseball (Men’s)
see Sports-Men’s Baseball (1868- ) RG-18/2
Basketball (Men’s)
see Sports-Men’s Basketball (1898- ) RG-18/2
Basketball (Women’s)
see Sports-Women’s Basketball (1978- ) RG-18/2
Bathrooms, Coed (Physical Plant) (1981)
see also Office of Residential Resource Management RG-30/21/1
Baton Twirling
see Sports-Women’s Baton Twirling (1973) RG-18/2
Bay State Ruralist (1912-1917)
see Boston Church of Christ (1990- ) (Religious Group) RG-45/70/B6
see Bilingual Collegiate Program (BCP) (1974- ) RG-6/4/6.5
see Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) (College of Arts and Sciences) RG-11/4
BDIC Newsletter (1973-1987)
Beacon (1970- )
Beautification Committee, Campus
see Campus Beautification Committee RG-40/2/C.6
Beef and Sheep Highlights (Extension Service, Cooperative) (1958, 1967-1975)
see also Sheep Shearing (1947, 1954-1955) RG-15/8
Behavior Program, Neuroscience and
see Neuroscience and Behavior Program RG-25/N5
Behavioral Biology, Department of
see Psychology–Behavioral Biology, Dept. of RG-25/P8
Behavioral Sciences Faculty
see Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty RG-11/30
Berkshire County Cooperative Extension (1915-1989)
Beta Alpha Psi (Honor Society)
see Accounting Department–Beta Alpha Psi RG-25/A2
Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Kappa Phi (1985-1996)
Beta Theta of Sigma Gamma Epsilon
see Sigma Gamma Epsilon (1949- ) RG-45/90/S5.35
Bibliofile, The (1987, 1994)
Bibliography, Faculty/Staff
see Faculty/Staff Bibliography (collective) RG-40/4
Bibliography Library Collections
see Collection Development (Library) RG-8/2
Bibliography, Organization Charts (University as a Whole) (1949- )
Bicentennial Committee
see Inter-Campus Committee RG-3/100
Bi-Cultural Education
see Bi-Lingual, Bi-Cultural Education, Center for RG-13/3/21/6
Biff, The Weekly
see Weekly Biff, The (1910) RG-45/00/W4
Bilingual Collegiate Program (BCP) (1974- )
Bilingual Collegiate Program–Springfield/UMass Minority Achievement Program (SUMMA)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1991)
Biodiversity Conservation Program (1990)
Biographies (Alumni)
see Obituaries, Biographies (Alumni) RG-50/00/2
Biography, Lists, Directories, Faculty/Staff
see Faculty/Staff Biography, Lists, Directories (collective) RG-40/10
see also Individual Members of Faculty and Staff RG-40/11
Biological Hazards Committee (Research and Graduate Studies)
Biological Sciences Library (1962- )
see also Zoology Department RG-25/Z5
Botany Department RG-25/B8
Biology, Plant
see Plant Biology RG-25/P4.5
Biomedical Research Support Grants
see Faculty Research Grant, Biomedical Research Support Grant (F RG/BS RG) (Research and Graduate Studies) RG-9/2/3
Biopharmaceutical Research Unit
see Public Health, Division of–Biopharmaceutical Research Unit RG-17/1
BIOrhythms (1997- )
Biosci Journal (1995- )
Note: A journal of undergraduate research at UMass/Amherst.
Biostatistics Technical Reports (1977)
see Public Health, Division of–Biostatistics Technical Reports
Biotechnology Program
Biotechnology Program Committee (1985- )
Bisexual Concerns
see Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns, The Chancellors Task Force on (1993- ) RG-40/2/G2
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns, Support Group for RG-40/2/G3
Programs for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns RG-30/2/6
Bits and Bytes (1965-1989)
Black and other Minority Students, Committee for the Collegiate Education of
see Committee for the Collegiate Education of Black and other Minority Students (CCEBMS) (1967- ) RG-6/4/12
Black Culture Center (New Africa House)
Black Mass Communications Project (BMCP) (1968- )
Black Repertory Theatre
Black Student Union
Black Students at UMass and in Western Massachusetts
see also Protests and Demonstrations RG-45/101
Student Life RG-1/204
New Africa House RG-36/100
Lecturers from outside the University RG-1/12
Black Studies, Contributions to
see Contributions to Black Studies RG-60/5/00
Black Studies Program
see Afro-American Studies, W.E.B. Du Bois Dept. of RG-25/A4
see also Five College Cooperation RG-60/5
Five College Black Studies RG-60/5/3
Blue Prints (Cartographic Materials)
Blues Band (1985- )
see Black Mass Communications Project (BMCP) (1968- ) RG-45/30/B4
Board of Control Annual Report (Experiment Station) (1888, 1893, 1894)
see Experiment Station (State Station, 1882-1895)–Board of Control Annual Report (1888, 1893, 1894) RG-15/2.1
Board of Control Meetings (Experiment Station) (1882-1895)
see Experiment Station (State Station, 1882-1895)–Board of Control Meetings (1882-1895) RG-15/2.1
Board of Governors
Board of Higher Education (1996- )
see Higher Education Coordinating Council (1991-1996) RG-1/5
Board of Higher Education, Massachusetts
see Massachusetts Board of Higher Education RG-1/3
Board of Regents (1980-1991)
see also Massachusetts Board of Higher Education RG-1/3
Higher Education Coordinating Council RG-1/5
Board of Trustees
see Trustees RG-2
Board of Trustees, Faculty Delegate to the
see Faculty to the Board of Trustees (Faculty Senate, 1971-1972) RG-40/2/A3
Boarding Club, MAC (1884)
Bologna, UMass Program at
see French and Italian Department–Bologna, UMASS Program at RG-25/F9/3
Boltwood Project (Social Action Group) (1983- )
see also Belchertown State School Friends Association (BSSFA) MS302
Bond Center for Equal Education
see Horace Mann Bond Center for Equal Education RG-13/4/10
see also Status Report–Reports to Chancellor (1982) RG-4/00
Book Club, MAC (1908-1925)
Book for Little Loving Children Needing Guidance (1+1=/=3) (1973)
Books for College Libraries (Library) (1967-1974)
Boston Church of Christ (BCC) (Religious Group) (1990-1993)
Boston Library Consortium (1975- )
Boston, UMass
see UMass Boston (1964- ) RG-55/3
Boston University Combined Degree, Granting with UMass and Simmons College
Botanic Garden (Physical Plant)
Botany News (1981-1988)
Bowl Team, College
see College Bowl Team RG-45/40/C5
Boys’ and Girls’ Series (Extension Service, Cooperative)
Extension Service, Cooperative–Boys’ and Girls’ Series RG-15/8
Brain Theory Newsletter (1978)
Broadcast Board, Student Publications and
see Publications and Broadcast Board, Student RG-45/30/P8
Brochures (Public Affairs)
see Faculty Research Grant–Biomedical Research Support Grant (F RG-BRSG) RG-9/2/3
see Budget Documents RG-4/2
Office of Budget and Institutional Studies (OBIS) RG-4/3/2
Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) RG-4/3/3
Capital Outlay Budgets and Priorities Lists RG-6/15/4
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance RG-35/19
Budget and Finance
Budget and Finance, Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1980-1981)
Budget Committee (Faculty Senate, 1969-1973)
see also Program and Budget Committee (1975- ) RG-40/2/A3
Budget Committee (Student Senate) (1981-1993)
Budget Documents (1908- )
Budget Office (Administrative Services)
see also Budget Documents–Newsclippings RG-4/2
see also Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) RG-4/3/3
Budgeting and Institutional Research
see Office of Budgeting and Institutional Studies (OBIS) RG-4/3/2
Budgeting and Institutional Studies, Office of
see Office of Budgeting and Institutional Studies (OBIS) RG-4/3/2
Budgeting, Institutional Research and Planning
seeOffice of Budgeting and Institutional Studies (OBIS) RG-4/3/2
Budgets, Capital Outlay
see Planning Office RG-6/15/4
Building Association
Building Authority
see also Financial Reports RG-3/4/3
Building Materials Technology and Management Program
Building Ventilation Working Group, Campus
see Campus Building Ventilation Working Group RG-30/15/1
Buildings and Grounds
see also Buildings and Grounds (Photographs) RG-150
Panoramic Photos RG-170
Buildings and Grounds (Photographs)
see also Panoramic Photos RG-170
Buildings and Grounds, Campus (Films and Videotapes)
see Campus Buildings and Grounds (Films and Videotapes) RG-186/4
Buildings and Grounds Committee (Faculty Senate, 1968-1969, 1980)
Buildings or parts of campus, specific
see Specific buildings or parts of campus RG-101 thru 104
Buildings Proposed But Not Built
Buildings, Residential
see Residential Buildings RG-36/102
Buildings Specific (except residential)
see also Residential Buildings RG-36/102
Buildings proposed but not built RG-36/103
Bulletin Series
see Catalogs (Bulletin Series) (1901- ) RG-1/00/4
Bulletin, University (Catalog Series)
see RG-1/00/4 Catalogs (Bulletin Series ) (1901- ), General Information Bulletins (1898-1978)
see Weekly, University, Executive Bulletins RG-5/00/3
Bulletins, Alumni
see Alumni Bulletins RG-50/00/3
Bulletins, Experiment Stations
seeExperiment Station (1882-95)–Bulletin (#’s 1-57) (1883-1895) RG-15/2.1
Experiment Station (1888- )– Bulletin (#1- ) RG-15/2.2
Bulletins, General Information
see Catalogs (Bulletin Series), General Information Bulletins RG-1/00/4
Bureau of Government Research
Bureau of Government Research Bulletin (1959-1969)
Bureau of Public Administration
Bursars Office (Microfilm)
Bus Service, Student Senate
see Student Senate Bus Service RG-45/7/T7
Business Administration, School of
see School of Management RG-12
Business Affairs
see Vice President for Management and Business Affairs RG-3/11
Business Affairs–Office of (Business Manager and Staff) (Research and Graduate Studies)
Business Affairs, Office of (Research and Graduate Studies)
Business and Economic Report, Massachusetts
see Massachusetts Business and Economic Report RG-12/3/B8
Business and Economic Research, Center for
see also Massachusetts Business and Economic Report RG-12/3/B8
Business Club
Business Development Center
see Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) RG-12/10
Business Leadership Education, Affirmative
see Project ABLE RG-12/2
Business Office, Director of Personnel and Financial Services
Business Procedures and Project Planning, Director of
Businesses Student
see Co-ops and Businesses, Student Run RG-45/40/C6.5
ButterMeter News (1985)
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