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Jane M. Rausch Papers, 1968-2009

6 boxes (9 linear feet)
Call no.: FS 146

A long-time historian at UMass Amherst, Jane Meyer Rausch was widely recognized for her work on the frontier history of Colombia. A graduate of DePauw University (1962), Rausch joined a growing program in Latin American studies at UMass in 1969, shortly after receiving her doctorate in comparative tropical history from the University of Wisconsin Madison. The recipient of a Fulbright Award in 1987, she taught widely in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean, and wrote four major monographs on the Colombian frontier in the colonial and national periods: A Tropical Plains Frontier : the Llanos of Colombia, 1531-1831 (1984); The Llanos Frontier in Colombian history, 1830-1930 (1993); Colombia : Territorial Rule and the Llanos Frontier (1999); and From Frontier Town to Metropolis: A History of Villavicencio, Colombia, Since 1842 (2007).

Centered on the research and teaching, this collection documents the career of Jane Rausch from her days as a graduate student in the late 1960s through her retirement. In addition to a range of professional correspondence, unpublished works, teaching materials, and student notes, the collection includes several hundred 35mm slides taken by Rausch while traveling in Colombia.


  • Colombia--History
  • Latin America--History
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of History


  • Rausch, Jane M., 1940-

League of Women Voters of Central Berkshire Records, 1959-2001

9 boxes (4 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 478

First founded as a chapter for Pittsfield and later for all of central Berkshire county, this local league is one of many Massachusetts chapters of the national non-partisan political organization, League of Women Voters, that influences public policy through education and advocacy by registering voters, organizing candidate forums, publishing voting guides, and disseminating general information on the legislative process and the functioning of government on the local, state, and federal levels.

The bulk of the collection documents the activities and topics of interest to members of the League of Women Voters of Central Berkshire during the last three decades of their work before disbanding in 2001. The chapter consistently served to educate the public on voter registration, the voting process, and on the functioning of local and state government. Other issues of importance included child care and rights, prison reform, clean water, and health care.


  • Berkshire County (Mass.)--Politics and government
  • Drinking water--Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts--Politics and government--1951-
  • Prisons--Massachusetts


  • League of Women Voters of Central Berkshire

Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs Records, 1949-1995

3 boxes (1.25 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 465

The Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women’s Clubs was formed in 1931 when Kolo Polek of Boston and Mrs. Frances Siluk as President hosted delegates representing 26 Polish women’s organizations in Massachusetts. The group’s object was to unite women’s clubs in the state whose members were of Polish birth or descent for civic, cultural, and educational purposes, and to foster an understanding of Polish culture.

The collection includes the organization’s newsletters and convention programs from the late 1940s through the mid 1990s.


  • Polish Americans--Massachusetts
  • Women--Massachusetts--Societies and clubs


  • Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs

New Approaches to History Collection, 1967-1985

23 boxes (10.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 182

The collection documents the creation and content of a course entitled New Approaches to History, which relied almost exclusively on the use of primary sources in teaching undergraduates history at UMass.

The collection includes the course proposal, correspondence, syllabi, course assignments, and resources for three units: Salem witchcraft, Shay’s Rebellion, and Lizzie Borden.


  • History--Study and teaching
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of History

Rural American Women Conference Records, 1978-1981

5 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 146

Feeling the frustrations of millions of women and girls in rural America who lacked the support or resources necessary to combat unemployment, inadequate medical care, and domestic violence, Jane Threatt along with several other women decided to form a non-profit organization that would unite these women and give them a national voice. Established in 1978, Rural American Women (RAW) was organized to promote the interests of rural women in the areas of equal rights, employment, education, family life, and freedom of all forms of discrimination.

In 1981 RAW held a series of five regional conferences throughout the country, and the bulk of this collection consists of records relating to the New England meeting. The records also include some materials documenting the group’s activities at their national headquarters in D.C., such as minutes, correspondence, newsletters, and pamphlets.


  • Rural women


  • Rural American Women

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) Records, 1992-2012

3 boxes (3.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 868

Originating in 1991, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) was established “to create a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines.” With more than 1,000 members, research interests include the composition and reception of books as well as their survival and transformation over time.

Records cover the earliest days of the organization’s development, including founding documents, and document a variety of their activities from hosting conferences and publishing a newsletter to promoting scholarship.


  • Authors and readers
  • Authorship
  • Books--History
  • Publishers and publishing

WAG Records, 1995-2002

2 boxes (3 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 530

Informally referring to themselves as WAGs (Women Against Garage), Fay Kaynor, Mary Snyder, Merrylees Turner, and Mary Wentworth, opposed the building of a parking garage in the center of Amherst. Together they collected newspaper clippings, reports, minutes of meetings, and flyers that tell both sides of the story, but in particular shed light on the motivations of those opposed to the garage, concerns not well represented in the local paper, the Amherst Bulletin, at the time. Potential problems raised by garage opponents focused on the environmental issues that added traffic in Amherst would introduce, as well as the financial impact both on the town, if the revenues from the garage did not cover the investment or maintenance costs, and on locally-owned businesses that might not be able to afford higher rents if property values near the garage increased significantly.


  • Amherst (Mass.)--Politics and government


  • Kaynor, Fay
  • Snyder, Mary
  • Turner, Merrylees
  • Wentworth, Mary L

American Watch Company Band Engagement Book, 1878-1883

1 vol. (0.25 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 364

Band of musicians who worked at the Waltham Watch Company in Waltham, Massachusetts. Engagement book itemizes engagement dates and locations, and membership (including recent immigrants), and includes information about rehearsals, business meetings, and payment.


  • American Watch Company--Employees--Recreation
  • American Watch Company--Employees--Social life and customs
  • American Watch Company--History
  • Brass bands--Massachusetts--Waltham
  • Industrial recreation--Massachusetts--Waltham
  • Waltham (Mass.)--Social conditions--19th century


  • American Watch Company. Band
  • South Side Brass Band (Waltham, Mass.)

Types of material

  • Appointment books

Lucius W. Carroll Ledger, 1841-1862

1 vol. (0.25 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 245 bd

Businessman in several partnerships in south-central Worcestor county who owned a general store in Webster, Massachusetts. Includes lists of partners (such as John P. Stockwell of Stockwell and Carroll), yearly salaries and profits, accounts of what he sold and how he was paid, lists of individual customers and manufacturing companies, and labor accounts of workers. Also contains an alphabetical index to the ledger and several pages of notes receivable and notes payable.


  • Barter--Massachusetts--History--19th century
  • Dudley (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
  • Dudley Woolen Manufacturing Company (Dudley, Mass.)
  • General stores--Massachusetts
  • Merchants--Massachusetts--Economic conditions--19th century
  • Shopping--Massachusetts--History--19th century
  • Slater, George
  • Stockwell & Carroll
  • Union Mills (Webster, Mass.)
  • Uxbridge (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
  • Webster (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
  • Webster Woolen Mills (Webster, Mass.)


  • Carroll & Crosby
  • Carroll, Lucius W

Types of material

  • Account books

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Hadley Farm (Physical Plant)
see also UMass Foundation–Land Acquisition RG-50/7
Haigis Mall (Physical Plant)
Haitian Student Association (HASA) (1986- )
Hampden County Cooperative Extension (1972-1973)
Hampshire College
see New College Committee and Hampshire College RG-60/6
Hampshire County Cooperative Extension (1922-1983)
Hampshire Inter-Library Center (HILC) and 4 or 5 College Cooperation (Library) (1951- )
Handbooks (Student Affairs) (1890- )
see also Dean of Women–Handbook for Women RG-30/3
Handicapped, Committee on Facilities for
see also CASIAC, Handicapped Counselor RG-11/15
Handicapped Student Affairs, Office of (1973- )
Handicapped Student Affairs Newsletter (1980-1987)
Handicapped Student Collective (1979-1981)
Handicapped Students, Committee to Study Accommodations for (Faculty Senate, 1969-1970)
Hands Club (Sign Language) (1980’s-1996)
Hang Gliding Club (1989- )
see Haitian Student Association (HASA) RG-45/40/H1
Health Club, Hilltop
see Hilltop Health Club (1983) RG-45/40/H5
Health Council (Faculty Senate, 1965- )
Health Education, Division of
Health Plan, Valley
see Valley Health Plan RG-30/15/13
Health Program (Official University Committee) (1970-1972)
Health Sciences, School of
see School of Health Sciences RG-17
Health Services
Health Watch (1977-1989, 1992-1995)
Healy Endowment/Public Service Fund (Research and Graduate Studies)
Hellenic Student Association (1982- )
see also European Club RG-45/40/E8
Herb, Spice and Medicinal Plant Digest
see Extension Service, Cooperative–Herb, Spice and Medicinal Plant Digest (1983-1995) RG-15/8
Herter Art Gallery
see Art Gallery RG-11/15
High Points (Honors Program) (1986-1990)
High School Guest Day, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1956-1960)
Higher Education, Center for (School of Education)
Higher Education Coordination Council (1991-1996)
Higher Education Information Reporting, Statewide, Committee for
see Statewide Higher Education Information Reporting, Committee for (SHEIR) RG-60/11
Higher Education, Massachusetts Board of
see Massachusetts Board of Higher Education RG-1/3
see also Board of Regents (1980-1991) RG-1/4
Higher Education Coordination Council (1991-96)/Board of Higher Education (1996- ) RG-1/5
Higher Education, New England Board of
see New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) RG-60/2
Higher Education Reorganization, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1992)
see Hampshire Inter-Library Center (HILC) RG-8/7
Hillel (Religious Group) (1955- )
Hilltop Health Club (1986)
Hindu Students Organization (HSO) (Religious Group) (1995- )
Hispanic Cultural Center (1989)
Hispanic Literature and Linguistics
Historical Collection, University
see University Historical Collection RG-1/200-299
Histories, Published, and Historian’s Files
see Published Histories and Historian’s Files RG-1/201
see also Duplicate Collection, Histories of Campus RG-99/6
History Committee, University (1986-1987)
see also Campus Awareness Committee (1986- ) RG-40/2/C5
History Department
History Institute
History Newsletter (1977- )
History of the University
History of the University, By periods (1850- )
History of the University, General (1851-1960’s)
History, Oral
see Oral History RG-1/207
History Project, University
see University History Project (125th Anniversary, 1987-1988) RG-1/208
HMO (Health Maintenance Organization)
see Health Services RG-30/15
Hobbit, The (Student Publication) (1967)
Hockey, Men’s
see Sports-Men’s Hockey (1910- ) RG-18/2
Hokkaido University Committee
see Foreign and International Studies Council (Faculty Senate, 1967- ) RG-40/2/A3
Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
see Trustee William Wheeler RG-2/3
President William Smith Clark RG-3/1
Professor Horace E. Stockbridge RG-3/1
President Jean Paul Mather RG-3/1
President John Lederle RG-3/1
David Penhallow (Class of 1873) RG-50/6
see also International Agricultural Studies, Center for RG-15/4
Holdsworth Highlights–Newsletter (1985-1986)
Holdsworth Natural Resources Center (College of Food and Natural Resources)
see also College of Agriculture, Holdsworth Natural Resource Center microfilm in main library
microfilms collection, containing serials.
Holdsworth Natural Resources Center Publication
see Community Resource Development RG-15/3
Holdsworth Natural Resources Center–Planning and Resource Development Series (1964-1970)
Home Economics Division (College of Food and Natural Resources)
Home Economics Education Department
see also Home Economics Division (College of Food and Natural Resources) RG-15/12
Home Economics Leader
see Extension Service, Cooperative–Home Economics Leader (1934-1935) RG-15/8
Home Economics Newsletter
see Creative Living Newsletter (1987- ) RG-15/12
Home Economics Slide Shows
Honor System
Honorary Degrees (1972- )
Honorary Degrees (Official University Committee) (1975-1976, 1979)
Honorary Degrees, Advising Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1980)
Honorary Degrees Committee (Faculty Senate, 1956-1965)
Honorary Societies (Student)
Honors Committee (Faculty Senate, 1956-1969)
Honors Day
see Honors Office RG-6/4/11
Honors Program (1956-1999)
Commonwealth College (1999- )/Honors Program (1956-1999) RG-6/4/11
Honors Theses, Senior
see Senior Honors Theses RG-46/3
Horace Mann Bond Center for Equal Education
see also Equal Education RG-13/3/23/2.5
Hort Notes
see Extension Service, Cooperative–Hort Notes (1990- ) RG-15/8
Horticultural Research Center (College of Food and Natural Resources)
Horticulture Division of MAC
Hosmer Memorial Garden (2000)
Hotel Operations (Campus Center)
Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration publication
see HRTA Alumni Key RG-25/H8/00
Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration Department
House Mouse
Housing Administration
see also Housing Office RG-30/21
Dormitories RG-32
Student Center for Educational Research–In Pursuit of Shelter (1975) RG-45/10
Housing Assignment Office
see Housing Office (Housing Assignment Office) RG-30/21
see also Greek Affairs RG-30/2/3
Housing Administration (Administrative Services) RG-35/12
Fraternities and Sororities RG-45/90
Housing Assignments (Housing Services)
see also Housing Office (Housing Assignment Office) RG-30/21
Housing, Family
see Family Housing (Housing Services) RG-32/10
Housing Office (Housing Assignment Office)
see also Greek Affairs RG-30/2/3
Housing Assignments (Housing Services) RG-32/13
Housing Administration (Administrative Services) RG-35/12
Fraternities and Sororities RG-45/90
Housing Resource Center, Commuter Service and
see Off Campus Housing Office (OCHO) RG-45/18
Housing Services
Housing Services (Microfilm)
Housing Services Cable Network (HSCN) (1991- )
Housing Service, Maintenance and Operations
Housing Services, Budget and Finance
Housing Services Newsletter
see Perspectives (Housing Services) (1984-1985) RG-32/00
Housing Services, Personnel
Housing Services Publications
Housing Services–Racial Understanding, Center for
Housing Service Review Committee (1993)
Housing Sub-Committee, Northeast Quadrangle President’s Council
see Northeast Quadrangle President’s Council, Housing Sub-Committee (1968) RG-40/3/N6
see Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration Department RG-25/H8
HRTA Alumni Association Newsletter(1974-1976)
HRTA Alumni Key (1974-1976, 1983-1986)
HRTA News (1974-1986)
HRTA Newsletter (Alumni Publication) (1974-1976)
see Division of Human Services and Applied Behavioral Sciences (HS/ABS) RG-13/4/1
see Handicapped Student Affairs–Newsletter (1980-1987) RG-30/29
see Housing Services Cable Network (HSCN) (1991- ) RG-32/15
Human Development Department
Human Development Laboratory School (School of Education)
Human Development Laboratory School–Newsletter (1986-1987)
Human Needs, Committee on Nutrition and
see Nutrition and Human Needs, Committee on RG-45/80/N8
Human Potential, Center for (School of Education)
RGs: 13/3/15/3, 13/3/17/1, 13/3/26/6
Human Potential Division (School of Education)
see Human Services and Applied Behavioral Sciences RG-13/4/1
see also Human Potential, Center for RGs-13/3/15/3, 13/3/17/1, 13/3/26/6
Human Relations (School of Education)
Human Relations, Commission on Civility in
see Civility in Human Relations, Chancellors Commission on (1980- ) RG-40/2/C3
Human Relations, Office of
Human Relations, Office of Community Development and
see Community Development and Human Relations, Office of RG-30/22
Human Resources News (Human Resources Office) (1983-1985)
Human Resources Office
see Personnel/Payroll (Human Resources Office) RG-35/2
Human Resources, Office of
Human Rights and a Responsible University, Committee for (1987- )
Human Rights in the Soviet Area, Committee for (1974)
Human Service and Applied Behavioral Sciences (HS/ABS), Division of (School of Education)
Human Subjects Review (Official University Committee ) (1982)
Human Subjects Review, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1971-1972, 1982)
see also Graduate Council (Faculty Senate, 1960- ) RG-40/2/A3
Human Subjects Review (Official University Committee) (1982) RG-40/2/H8
Human Subjects Review Committee
see University Human Subjects Review Committee RG-9/1/2/1
Humanistic Applications of Social and Behavioral Sciences Cluster
Humanistic Education, Center for (School of Education)
Humanities and Fine Arts, College of
see Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty RG-11/10
Humanities and Fine Arts, Dean
Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty
Humanities and Public Policy, Massachusetts Foundation for
see Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy RG-6/10
Humanities Institute
see Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities RG-6/19
Hunger Task Force, UMass (1982-1989)
see also MASS AID RG-45/40/M4
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