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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 pursuit of 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 highly 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.

Our approach to collecting

Echoing the philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois, SCUA collects original materials that document the histories and experiences of social change in America and the organizational, intellectual, and individual ties that unite disparate struggles for social justice, human dignity, and equality. Our decision to adopt social change as a collecting focus emerged from considering one of Du Bois’s great insights: that the most fundamental issues in social justice are so deeply interconnected that no movement — and no solution to social ills — can succeed in isolation. Rather than focus on individual movements, we therefore focus on the connections between and among movements and the flow of people, organizations, and ideas, all in the hope of better representing the true histories of social engagement in America and laying the foundation for a deeper understanding of the experience of social change.

A related feature of SCUA’s approach to collecting is our commitment to documenting “whole lives and whole communities.” Rather than focus just on a person’s “significant” actions or ideas, our goal is to represent the person’s entire life in all its complexity: the person’s background, the events themselves, and the aftermath, as well as the range of colleagues and organizations engaged. Our goal is not to highlight simply the great achievements and great people, but to reveal the broad underpinnings of influences, interests, and organizations that shaped them and the communities in which they operated.

While not exhaustive, the following is a synopsis of the primary focal points for SCUA’s collections:

Social change

Emphasizing the cross-fertilization between social movements and centers of activist energy, SCUA collects materials from individuals and organizations involved in the struggles for peace and non-violence, social and racial justice, economic justice, agricultural reform, environmentalism, sustainability, alternative energy, organized labor, gay rights, disability rights, spiritual activism, antinuclear activism, and intentional communities. Our collections branch out to include anti-fluoridation 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.
  • Antifluoridation movement: Including right-wing, left-wing, libertarian, popular, and scientific opposition to fluoridation of public water supplies.
  • 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.
  • Spiritual approaches to social change: Materials relating to people and organizations motivated to take social action through spiritual consideration.

Innovation and entrepreneurship

SCUA collects materials that document innovative and entrepreneurial activities and particularly social entrepreneurship. Representative 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 Representative John Clark; and the records of the Hampshire Council of Governments and several individual towns.

University Archives collecting

Serving as the memory of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, SCUA is steward for the official and unofficial records of the university that document the people, policies, programs, facilities, and activities of the campus community. The collections are a rich record of administrative activity at all levels, from system to program, but they focus on documenting the lives and activities of individual administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

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.
  • Gravestone studies and death
    Materials relating to the history, culture, preservation, and interpretation of gravestones and related subjects.
  • Protistology
    Records of the scholarly study of the protista (protozoans).

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La Resistance (1967)
Labor Affairs, Institute For
see Institute for Labor Affairs RG-3/9
Labor Center Review (Labor Relations and Research Center) (1978-1990)
Labor Council, UMass
see UMass Labor Council (1995- ) RG-40/5/U5
Labor/Management Workplace Education Program
see Physical Plant RG-36/1
Labor Relations (President’s Office)
Labor Relations and Research Center
Labor Relations and Personnel, Assistant Vice President for
see Vice President for Labor Relations and Personnel, Assistant RG-3/17/1
Labor Relations, Coordinator of
Laboratory of Psychometric and Evaluation Research
see Psychometric and Evaluation Research, Laboratory of RG-13/3/23/3.1
Laboratory Safety News (Environmental Health & Safety) (1980-1995)
see Latin American Cultural Center (LACC) RG-45/40/L2
Lacrosse, Men’s
see Sports-Men’s Lacrosse (1966- ) RG-18/2
Lacrosse, Women’s
see Sports-Women’s Lacrosse (1993- ) RG-18/2
Lambda Chi Alpha (1980-1991)
Lambda Delta Phi
Land-Grant Colleges, State Universities
Land-Grant University Women, New England Council of
see New England Council of Land-Grant University Women RG-60/1/1
Land Use Maps
see Massachusetts Town Statistics (Experiment Stations) RG-15/2.23
Land Use Notes
see Extension Service, Cooperative–Land Use Notes (1979-1980) RG-15/8
Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
see Landscape Architecture Department RG-25/L2
Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Newsletter
see Focus (1993- ) RG-25/L2/00
Landscape Architecture Department
Language Laboratory
Language Resource Center(s), Foreign
see Foreign Language Resource Center(s) RG-25/F5.5
Lantern Slides, Glass
see Slides, Glass Lantern RG-188
LARP News, The (Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (1997- )
Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies
see Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies RG.25/14.5
Latin American Cultural Center (LACC) (1995- ) RG-45/40/L2

Latin American Library Materials
see Seminar of the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALAM) (1973-1976) RG-8/9
Latin American Solidarity Committee, Western Massachusetts (1983-1985)
Latin American Studies [Program and Committee]
Latin American Studies–Occasional Paper Series (1976-1987)
Law Association, Pre-
see Pre-Law Association RG-45/40/P7.4
Law School (Official University Committee) (1966-1975)
Law School, ad hoc Committee to Study Need for (Faculty Senate, 1965-1967, 1972)
Layouts (Cartographic Materials)
see People’s Gay Alliance (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay Alliance) RG-45/40/G3
see Learning Disabilities Coordinator’s Office (LDCO) (1986- ) RG-6/20
Leadership and Administration, Center for (School of Education)
see also Administration and Leadership (School of Education) RG-13/3/23/7
Lear (Honor Society)
Learning Center, Mastery
see Mastery Learning Center RG-30/2/5
Learning Disabilities Coordinators Office (LDCO) (1986- )
see also Counseling and Academic Development RG-11/8
Learning Resources Center (LRC) (1994- )
Learning Support Services (LSS)
see Learning Resources Center (LRC) RG-6/12
Leave, Sabbatical
see Sabbatical Leave RG- 40/1/6
Lecture Note Program (Student Senate) (1973-1974)
Lecture Series, Chancellor’s
see Chancellor’s Lecture Series RG-4/12
Lecture Series Distinguished Faculty
see Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series
Lecture Series, Sidney Topol Distinguished (1997- )
see Sidney Topol Distinguished Lecture Series (1997- ) RG-186/10
Lecture Series, Troy
see Troy Lecture Series (Films and Videotapes) RG-186/9
Lecturers From Outside the University (1911- )
Lectures (Faculty and Staff)
see also Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series (Videotapes) (1986- ) RG-186/7
Lectures (Photographs)
see also Lectures (Poster Collection) RG-180/1
Lectures (Poster Collection)
see also Lectures (Photographs) RG-145/2
Lectures, Committee on University
Left Field (Student Publication) (1990)
Legacy (English Department) (1984-1990)
Legal Assistant Training Program
Legal Services Office (LSO)
see Attorney: Legal Services Office (LSO) RG-45/2
Legal Studies (1981- )
see also Legal Assistant Training Program RG-7/7
Legal Studies (Special Programs) (1965-1981)
see also Legal Studies (1981- ) RG-25/L7
Legal Studies Forum: An Interdisciplinary Journal (1985-1988)
see also ALSA Forum, The (1981-1984) RG-25/L7/00
Legal Studies–Mediation Project
Legislation (1858- )
Legislative Service Project
Leisure Studies and Service Department
Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns, Program for Gay
see Program for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns (1986- ) RG-30/2/6
Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns, Support Group for, Gay
see Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns, Support Group for RG-40/2/G3
Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns, The Chancellor’s Task Force on , Gay
see Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns, The Chancellor’s Task Force on (1993) RG-40/2/G2
Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay Alliance
see Peoples’ Gay Alliance RG-45/40/G3
Lesbian Union (1995)
Liability (Official University Committee) (1958)
Liaison (Alumni Periodical) (1944-1945)
Liaison Services, Assistant to the President for
Liberator, The (Student Publication) (1989- )
see Library Director/Librarian RG-8/1
Librarian/Faculty, ad hoc, Action Committee
see Action Committee, ad hoc Faculty/Librarian (1980) RG-40/3/A1.5
Librarians Bargaining Unit
see Committees and other Groups (Library) RG-8/6
Libraries, Departmental (1880, 1958-1978)
Note: No longer in existence.
Library (1876- ) RG-8
see also Music Library (1975- ) RG-8/3/8
Biological Sciences Library (1962- ) RG-8/3/9
Physical Sciences Library (1961- ) RG-8/3/10
Library–Annual Reports (1888, 1910- )
Library Audio-Visual Department (1948-1990’s)
Library Automation Newsletter
see LS 2000 Newsletter/Library Automation Newsletter (1988-1991) (Library Publications) RG-8/00/L4
Library Buildings
Library Buildings-Chapel (Old Chapel) (1869-1935)
Library Buildings-Goodell (Goodell Library) (1899-1990)
see also Library-Goodell (Plan Microfilm) RG-190/16
Library Buildings-Tower (University Library/W.E.B. Du Bois Library) (1961- )
Library Buildings-W.E.B. Du Bois Library
see Library Buildings-Tower (University Library/W.E.B. Du Bois Library) (1961- ) RG-8/5/3
Library Business Office (1921- )
Library Collections
see Collection Development (Library) RG-8/2
Library Committee (Faculty Senate, 1960- )
Library Committee (Official University Committee) (1911, 1952-1957)
Library Committees and Other Groups (1883, 1954- )
Library Consortium
see Boston Library consortium (1975- ) RG-8/10
Library Director, Assistant to (1962- )
Library Director/Librarian (1886- )
Library Exhibits
see Exhibits (Library) RG-8/3/13
Library, Goodell (Building Microfilm)
Library Information Bulletin (1969- )
Library Information Processing
Library Leaflet
Extension Service, Cooperative–Library Leaflet (1913-1924) RG-15/8
Library Leaflet-Revised Series
Extension Service, Cooperative–Library Leaflet–Revised Series (1927-1930) RG-15/8
Library Management Assistant
Library, Massachusetts Film Co-op
Library Monthly Reports (1966-1987)
Library Newsletter (UMass Libraries) (1970-1980)
Library Publications
Library Slide Shows (including audio tapes)
Library Staff Bulletin
see "Library Information Bulletin" (UMass Libraries) (1967- ) RG-8/00/L5
Library Statistical Reports and Summaries (1973-1984)
Library Systems Office (1964- )
Library Task Force Report (1980-1981)
Life/Career Development Team
Lighting (Physical Plant)
Lincoln W. Barnes Photo Collection (M.A.C. Campus Photographs)
Linguistics Department
Literacy Institute, Media
see Media Literacy Institute RG-25/C7.7
Literary Magazine (Student Publication) (1959-1962)
see also Collegian Quarterly (1938-1962) RG-45/00/C6.2
Literary Monthly, The MAC (Student Publication) (1910)
Literary Society (UMass Amherst) (1953-1959)
see also Washington Irving Literary Society (1867-1892) RG-45/40/W3
Edward Everett Literary Society (1870-1876) RG-45/40/E3
Literary Society, Edward Everett
see Edward Everett Literary Society (1870-1876) RG-45/40/E3
Literary Society, Washington Irving
see Washington Irving Literary Society RG-45/40/W3
Literature, Comparative
see Comparative Literature RG-25/C8
Literature, Joint Committee on (Official University Committee) (1974)
Lithographs (Iconographic Materials)
see Physical Plant–Labor/Management Workplace Education Program (1987- ) RG-36/1
Local 1776, AFS CME; Council 41 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees)
Long Range Academic Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1961-1962)
Long Range Planning, ad hoc Committee (1966-1971)
see also Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1972-1980) RG-40/2/A3
Loose Change (Computer and Information Science) (1993-1999)
see also Significant Bits (1999) RG-25/C9/00
Lowell, University of
see University of Lowell RG-55/4
see Learning Resources Center (LRC) (1994- ) RG-6/12
LRRC Labor Update (1991)
LRRC Review (1978-1991)
LS 2000 Newsletter/Library Automation Newsletter (1988-1991) (Library Publication)
see Attorney: Legal Services Office (LSO) RG-45/2
LSS (Learning Support Services) (1997- )
see Learning Resources Center (LRC) (1994- ) RG-6/12
Lubovitch Movement (Religious Group) (1975)

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see Non Academic Computing (NAC) (1996- ) RG-45/40/N6
see International Brotherhood of Police Officers RG-40/5/P6
Naiads (Swim Team)
see Athletic Department RG-18/2
National Alternative Schools Program
see Alternative Schools (National Alternative Schools Program) RG-13/3/21/7
National Environmental Technology for Waste Prevention Institute (NETI) (1994- )
National Organization for Women (NOW) (1989)
National Park Service Cooperative Research Unit (The Environmental Institute) (1975-1981)
National Park Service Cooperative Research Unit Report (The Environmental Institute) (1977-1981)
Natural History, Massachusetts, Bulletin of
see Massachusetts Natural History, Bulletin of (1884) RG-25/E4/00
Natural History Society (1883-1895)
Natural Resources Center, Holdsworth
see Holdsworth Natural Resource Center RG-15/3
Natural Resources, College of Food and
see College of Food and Natural Resources RG-15
Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dean
Natural Sciences and Mathematics Faculty
Near Eastern Studies (Program and Committee)
see also Classics Department RG-25/C5
Near Eastern Studies Newsletter (1989)
see New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) RG-60/2
Negatives, Glass Plate
see Glass Plate Negatives RG-173
Negro Universities, Exchange Programs With
see Exchange Programs-Negro Universities (1965) RG-30/8
see New England Regional Consortium for Computational Studies (NERCCS) RG-29/1
see National Environmental Technology for Waste Prevention Institute (NETI) (1994- ) RG-25/N3
Neuroendocine Studies, Center for
Neuroscience and Behavior Program
Neuroscience Systems, Center for
see Systems Neuroscience, Center for RG-25/S10
New Africa House
see Black Culture Center (New Africa House) RG-30/26
see also Buildings (New Africa House) RG-36/101
New American Movement (Student Social Action Group) (1973)
New College Committee and Hampshire College
New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)
New England Classical Newsletter
New England Council of Land-Grant University Women
New England Culture, Center for
see Center for New England Culture (College of Arts and Sciences) RG-11/9
New England Regional Consortium for Computational Studies (NERCCS)
New Senate AGENDA
see AGENDA, The New Senate (1993- ) RG-45/00/A1
New Student Record (1983, class of 1987)
New Students Program–Community Development Center
New Students Program (Summer Counseling)
see also Counseling Center RG-30/9/1
New Testament Fellowship (Religious Group) (1983, 1986)
New World Theater
see also RG-25/T3.7
see also Notes For A New World (1987- ) RG-25/T3.7/00
Newcomer’s Club (Women’s Group)
Newman Center
see also Newman Club RG-45/70/N4
Newman Center Newsletter (1996- )
Newman Club (Religious Group) (1963-1989)
see also Newman Center RG-30/11/1
News (President’s Office)
News and Notes (Student Publication) (1959)
News and Views, UMass Alumni
see UMass Alumni News and Views (1978-1983) RG-50/00/3
News Bulletin (1937-1941) RG-40/3/P3

News Bureau
Note: Name changed to Office of Public Information, 10-6-1983.
see Office of Public Information (OPI) RG-5/3
News Letter (Extension Service, Cooperative) (1913-1921)
News Office
see Office of Public Information (News Bureau) RG-5/3
News Project (1968)
News Service, MAC (Official University Committee) (1926)
News Summary (Public Affairs) (1993-1994)
NewsClips (Public Affairs) (1984-1987)
NewsLetter (School of Management) (1983-1985)
Newsletter, University
see University Newsletter (News Bureau) RG-5/00/2
Newsline (1991)
Newsline (News Office) (1999- )
Nominating Committee (Faculty Senate, 1967, 1977)
NOMMO (1990-1994)
see also Nummo News (1974-1990) RG-30/26/N8
Non-Academic Computing (Student Group) (NAC) (1996)
Nonformal Education Center
see Center for International Education (CIE) (School of Education) RG-13/3/19/5
North American Trade and Economics, Institute for
North Pleasant Street (Joint Town-University Task Force) (1968- )
North Village Apartments (Residential Buildings)
Northeast (Residential Buildings)
Northeast Area Government
Northeast Center for Urban and Community Forestry (1996- )
Northeast Forestry Experiment Station (College of Food and Natural Resources) (1923-1933)
Northeast Metric Research Center
Northeast Quadrangle President’s Council, Housing sub-committee (1968)
Northeast Region Environmental Public Health Center
Northeast Regional Media Center for the Deaf
see Media Specialists for the Deaf, Center for (School of Education) RG-13/3/21/9
Northeast Science Enrichment Program
see Mathematics and Statistics Department–Science Enrichment Program RG-25/M5/3
Northern Educational Services (Social Action Group) (1975)
Notebook, University
see University Notebook RG-5/3/2
Notes For A New World (1987-1988)
Notes From Academic Affairs (1981-1983)
Notes from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (1973-1974,1977-1978)
see National Organization for Women (1989- ) RG-45/80/N7
NU (Hillel) (1973, 1975)
Nummo News (1974-1991)
see also NOMMO (1990-1994) RG-45/00/N6
Nursery School
Nurses Association, Student
see Student Nurses Association (SNA) (1987- ) RG-45/40/S7.4
Nursing Alumni Association Newsletter (1989-1993)
Nursing, School of
see Nursing RG-17/3
Nutrient Data Bank, UMass
see Food Science and Nutrition, Dept. of–Nutrient Data Bank, UMass RG-25/F5/3
Nutrition and Human Needs, Committee on (1971)
Nutrition Department
see Food Science and Nutrition Department RG-25/F5

Connecticut Valley Breeders Association Records, 1908-1947 (Bulk: 1908-1930)

1 box (0.25 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 425

Established in Northampton, Mass., in May 1908, the Connecticut Valley Breeders Association was part of the burgeoning Progressive-era movement to apply scientific principles to improve agriculture. In its charter, the CVBA announced the ambitious goal of promoting “the live stock development of the Connecticut Valley and as far as possible the entire New England states in every way as affecting its educational, economic, legislative, health or other influences.” Led by Oren C. Burt of Easthampton, and George E. Taylor of Shelburne (its first President), it sponsored lectures and other information sessions that attracted as many as 500 attendees at its peak of popularity. Although the organization appears to have waned in the period of the First World War, it was revived in 1925 and four years later, the new Hampshire Herd Improvement Association assumed many of its functions.

This slender ledger records the minutes of the Connecticut Valley Breeders Association from its founding in 1908 through about 1930. In addition to the constitution and by-laws of both the CVBA and HHIA, the ledger includes minutes of the organizations’ meetings from 1908-1930, with a gap from 1916-1925. The collection is accompanied by a U.S. Department of Agriculture pamphlet, Cow Testers Handbook (1924).


  • Cattle--Breeding


  • Burt, Oren C.
  • Connecticut Valley Breeders Association
  • Hampshire Herd Improvement Association
  • Taylor, George E.

Types of material

  • Minute books

Silvio O. Conte Papers, 1950-1991

389 boxes (583.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 371

Massachusetts State Senator for the Berkshire District, 1950-1958, and representative for Massachusetts’s First District in the United States Congress for 17 terms, 1959-1991, where he made significant contributions in the areas of health and human services, the environment, education, energy, transportation, and small business.

Spanning four decades and eight presidents, the papers offer an extraordinary perspective on the major social, economic, and cultural changes experienced by the American people. Includes correspondence, speeches, press releases, bill files, his voting record, committee files, scrapbooks, travel files, audio-visual materials and over 5,000 photographs and slides.


  • Massachusetts--Politics and government--1951-
  • Massachusetts. Senate
  • United States--Politics and government--20th century
  • United States. Congress. House


  • Conte, Silvio O. (Silvio Oltavio), 1921-1991

Types of material

  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sound recordings

Lionel Delevingne Photograph Collection, ca.1975-1995

2 boxes (1 linear feet)
Call no.: PH 047
Joan of Seabrook
Joan of Seabrook

Born and raised in France, the photojournalist Lionel Delevingne studied education at l’Ecole Normale in Paris, but settled permanently in the United States in 1975. Based at first in Northampton, Mass., he became a prolific photographer of American social movements while working for the Valley Advocate and other publications, covering the early years of the Clamshell Alliance and the antinuclear movement in considerable depth. His work has been exhibited frequently and published widely in the mainstream and alternative press, including the New York Times, Le Figaro Magazine, Die Zeit, Newsweek, Washington Post Magazine, Mother Jones, and Vanity Fair.

The Delevingne collection includes remarkable visual documentation of the antinuclear movement of the 1970s and beyond, including some of the its most iconic images. Beginning with coverage of the Seabrook occupation, Delevingne covered the movement as it spread throughout the northeastern U.S. and internationally. The collection includes exhibition prints, prints for publication, and digitized images ranging in date from the mid-1970s through 1990s. Copyright in the images has been retained by Delevingne.


  • Antinuclear movement--United States
  • Clamshell Alliance
  • Photojournalists
  • Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant (N.H.)


  • Delevingne, Lionel

Types of material

  • Photographs

Democratic Socialist Conference Collection, 1984-1991

2 boxes (0.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 325

Includes transcripts of papers delivered at conferences (1985-1990) on democratic socialism, and correspondence (1984-1991) between Stephen Siteman, former Executive Secretary of the Socialist Party of America, and Frank Zeidler, former Mayor of Milwaukee, Socialist Party candidate for President of the United States, and national chairperson of the Socialist Party USA.


  • Socialism--Africa
  • Socialist Party of the United States of America
  • United States--Politics and government--1981-1989
  • United States--Politics and government--1989-1993


  • Siteman, Stephen
  • Zeidler, Frank P

Double Edge Theatre Records, 1970-2002

28 boxes (15.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 455
Bold Stroke for a Wife
Bold Stroke for a Wife

Since its founding, Double Edge Theatre has embraced a two-fold mission: to develop and promote the highest quality of original theatre performance, and to create a permanent center of performance, practice, training research, and cultural exchange.

The collection documents the Theatre’s focus on research, international collaboration, and the elevation of artistic performance above and beyond stage work into the realm of cultural exchange.


  • Experimental theater
  • Theater and society
  • Theatrical companies--Massachusetts


  • Arnoult, Philip
  • Double Edge Theatre
  • Durand, Carroll
  • Klein, Stacy
  • Odin teatret
  • Staniewski, Wlodzimierz
  • Stowarzyszenie Teatralne "Gardzienice"

Types of material

  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Programs

W.E.B. Du Bois Papers, 1803-1984

328 boxes (168.75 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 312
W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois

Scholar, writer, editor of The Crisis and other journals, co-founder of the Niagara Movement, the NAACP, and the Pan African Congresses, international spokesperson for peace and for the rights of oppressed minorities, W.E.B. Du Bois was a son of Massachusetts who articulated the strivings of African Americans and developed a trenchant analysis of the problem of the color line in the twentieth century.

The Du Bois Papers contain almost 165 linear feet of the personal and professional papers of a remarkable social activist and intellectual. Touching on all aspects of his long life from his childhood during Reconstruction through the end of his life in 1963, the collection reflects the extraordinary breadth of his social and academic commitments from research in sociology to poetry and plays, from organizing for social change to organizing for Black consciousness.


  • African Americans--Civil rights
  • African Americans--History--1877-1964
  • Crisis (New York, N.Y.)
  • Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963--Views on democracy
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Pan-Africanism
  • United States--Race relations


  • Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Types of material

  • Photographs

Bill Duesing Collection, 1995-2000

14 items (1.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 760
Bill and Suzanne Duesing
Bill and Suzanne Duesing

A pioneer in organic agriculture in New England, Bill Duesing has been as an environmental educator, writer, artist, and lecturer over for four decades. After graduating from Yale University (1964), Duesing worked as a Cooperative Extension agent before turning to organic principles in the early 1970s. Emphasizing sustainability and greater local food sufficiency, he has been instrumental in developing organic standards for gardening and land care and he has served as both founding president and later executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association Connecticut and president of the NOFA Interstate Council. During the 1990s, Duesing produced two radio shows, “Living on the Earth” (WSHU) and “The Politics of Food” (WPKN), and he is author of Living on the Earth: Eclectic Essays for a Sustainable and Joyful Future (1993).

The Duesing collection consists of transcripts of his radio show, “Living on the Earth” (1990-2000) and fourteen recordings of “The Politics of Food,” which was broadcast monthly over WPKN (89.5 FM) in Bridgeport in 1997-1998. Each half hour segment of “Politics” included news, a fifteen minute interview, recipes, and tips, with interviewees including Mel Bristol, Jac Smit, Vincent Kay, John Wargo, Hugh Joseph, Joseph Kiefer, Julie Rawson, Michael Sligh, Kathy Lawrence, Lee Warren, and Elizabeth Henderson.


  • Cookery, Health aspects
  • Living on the Earth
  • Natural foods--Certification
  • Organic farming
  • Organic farming--Law and legislation
  • Politics of food
  • Sustainable agriculture


  • Henderson, Elizabeth, 1943-
  • Rawson, Julie

Types of material

  • Audiotapes
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