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William Smith Clark Papers, 1814-2003 (Bulk: 1844-1886)

(14.75 linear feet)
Call no.: RG 003/1 C63
William Smith Clark
William Smith Clark

Born in Ashfield, Massachusetts, in 1826, William Smith Clark graduated from Amherst College in 1848 and went on to teach the natural sciences at Williston Seminary until 1850, when he continued his education abroad, studying chemistry and botany at the University of Goettingen, earning his Ph.D in 1852. From 1852 to 1867 he was a member of Amherst College’s faculty as a Professor of Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology. As a leading citizen of Amherst, Clark was a strong advocate for the establishment of the new agricultural college, becoming one of the founding members of the college’s faculty and in 1867, the year the college welcomed its first class of 56 students, its President. During his presidency, he pressured the state government to increase funding for the new college and provide scholarships to enable poor students, including women, to attend. The college faced economic hardship early in its existence: enrollment dropped in the 1870s, and the college fell into debt. He is noted as well for helping to establish an agricultural college at Sapporo, Japan, and building strong ties between the Massachusetts Agricultural College and Hokkaido. After Clark was denied a leave of absence in 1879 to establish a “floating college” — a ship which would carry students and faculty around the world — he resigned.

The Clark Papers include materials from throughout his life, including correspondence with fellow professors and scientists, students in Japan, and family; materials relating to his Civil War service in the 21st Massachusetts Infantry; photographs and personal items; official correspondence and memoranda; published articles; books, articles, television, and radio materials relating to Clark, in Japanese and English; and materials regarding Hokkaido University and its continuing relationship with the University of Massachusetts.


  • Agricultural colleges--Japan--History
  • Agricultural colleges--Massachusetts--History
  • Agriculturists--Japan
  • Agriculturists--Massachusetts
  • Amherst (Mass.)--History
  • Amherst College--Faculty
  • Amherst College--Students--Correspondence
  • Hokkaido (Japan)--History
  • Hokkaid¯o Daigaku--History
  • Hokkaid¯o Teikoku Daigaku--History
  • Japan--Relations--United States
  • Massachusetts Agricultural College--History
  • Sapporo N¯ogakk¯o--History
  • Sapporo N¯ogakk¯o. President
  • T¯ohoku Teikoku Daigaku. N¯oka Daigaku--History
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States--Relations--Japan
  • Universität Göttingen--Students--Correspondence


  • Clark, William Smith, 1826-1886
  • Massachusetts Agricultural College. President

Types of material

  • Drawings
  • Photographs
  • Realia
  • Scrapbooks

Robert L. Coffin Ornithological Journal, 1912-1922

1 vol. (0.1 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 593 bd

Robert L. Coffin (1889-1976) began a long association with the Massachusetts Agricultural College when he arrived on campus in 1912 to begin work as an assistant photographer for the East Experiment Station. His skill as a technical photographer and his artistic eye, however, soon made him a valuable commodity on campus and within a few years of his arrival, Coffin had branched out to work for a wide range of departments across campus and, in the late 1920s, for the US Department of Agriculture in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well. An avid birder and naturalist, Coffin was particularly known for his nature photography, using a battery of different cameras to capture everything from scenic vistas to photomicrographs. Although he established a commercial photographic studio in Amherst in 1931, Coffin continued to accept a wide range of assignments at UMass, earning recognition as the unofficial campus photographer. He remained active almost to the time of his death in 1976 at the age of 86.

Containing the meticulously detailed records of an avid birder, the Coffin journal contains records of sightings and first and last occurrences of birds observed in the years 1912 and 1917-1922. The records in the journal reflect Coffin’s many birding trips in western Massachusetts, mostly in the Connecticut River Valley, however the journal also contains records from the Swift River Valley, the Harvard Forest, the Boston area, and the Connecticut coast. In a few cases, Coffin recorded the numbers of birds observed.


  • Bird watching--Massachusetts
  • Birds--Massachusetts
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst


  • Coffin, Robert L

Types of material

  • Field notes

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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

Thomas W. Copeland Papers, 1923-1979

22 boxes (10 linear feet)
Call no.: FS 050
Thomas W. Copeland, 1940
Thomas W. Copeland, 1940

A scholar of eighteenth century British literature and culture, Thomas W. Copeland began what would become more than half a century of research on the statesman and political philosopher Edmund Burke while studying for his doctorate at Yale (1933). After publication of his dissertation in 1949 as Our Eminent Friend Edmund Burke, Copeland was named managing editor of the ten-volume Correspondence (1958-1978). After academic appointments at Yale and the University of Chicago, he joined the faculty at UMass in 1957, remaining here until his retirement in 1976. A chair was established in his name in the Department of English.

The Copeland Papers are a rich collection of personal and professional correspondence, journals and writings from Copeland’s Yale years, manuscripts, typescripts, notes, and draft revisions of his works on Edmund Burke, and a journal chronicling Copeland’s four-year exercise in the daily practice of writing.


  • Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of English


  • Golden, Morris

Gabriele D'Annunzio Collection, 1919-1920

1 box (0.1 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 763
Seal of the City of Fiume
Seal of the City of Fiume

An Italian poet, journalist, novelist, and dramatist, Gabriele D’Annunzio enjoyed a flamboyant career in international affairs after the First World War when he raised a small army and seized the port of Fiume (now Rijeka, Croatia). Failing in his attempts to annex his territory to Italy, D’Annunzio reigned as Duce over the micro-state for over a year before being forced to relinquish control.

The fifteen imprints comprising this collection of scarce broadsides, all printed in the short-lived Free State of Fiume. During the brief period of his reign in Fiume, D’Annunzio issued propagandistic broadsides, proclamations, and leaflets almost daily, often distributing them by airplane drop over the city. Included is a rare first edition of D’Annunzio’s most famous piece from the Fiume period, Italia e vita.


  • Free State of Fiume--History--20th century
  • Italy--History--1914-1922
  • Rijeka (Croatia)--History--20th centur
  • World War, 1914-1918--Baltic State
  • World War, 1914-1918--Italy


  • D'Annunzio, Gabriele, 1863-193
  • Druscovich, Marco
  • Zoll, Corrado

Types of material

  • Broadsides
  • Fliers (Printed material)

William Wallace Denslow Botanical Manuscripts Collection, 1864-1868

1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 064

A druggist by training, William Denslow became interested in botany as a means of combating tuberculosis through outdoor exercise. As his interests developed, Denslow amassed an herbarium that included between 11,000 and 15,000 specimens, including both American and European species.

The Denslow collection consists of a single volume of manuscripts, chiefly letters, collected from significant botanists and other individuals, including William Henry Brewer, Mordecai Cubitt Cooke, Asa Gray, Isaac Hollister Hall, Thomas P. James, Horace Mann, Edward Sylvester Morse, Charles Horton Peck, George Edward Post, Frederick Ward Putnam, George Thurber, and John Torrey.


  • Botanists--Correspondence
  • Botany--History--19th century--Sources


  • Brewer, William Henry, 1828-1910
  • Cooke, M. C. (Mordecai Cubitt), b. 1825
  • Denslow, William Wallace, 1826-1868
  • Gray, Asa, 1810-1888
  • Hall, Isaac H. (Isaac Hollister), 1837-1896
  • James, Thomas Potts, 1803-1882
  • Mann, Horace, 1844-1868
  • Morse, Edward Sylvester, 1838-1925
  • Peck, Charles H. (Charles Horton), 1833-1917
  • Post, George E. (George Edward), 1838-1909
  • Putnam, F. W. (Frederic Ward), 1839-1915
  • Thurber, George, 1821-1890
  • Torrey, John, 1796-1873

Types of material

  • Letters (Correspondence)

Robert E. Dillon Papers, 1943-1946

1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 635
Robert E. Dillon, 1943
Robert E. Dillon, 1943

A working class native of Ware, Mass., Robert E. Dillon was a student at Massachusetts State College when he was drafted into the Army in 1943. After his induction at Fort Devens, Mass., and training for the Quartermaster Corps in Virginia and California, Dillon was assigned to duty as a mechanic and driver with the First Service Command. Stationed at Rest Camps number 5 and 6 in Khanspur, India (now Pakistan), Dillon’s company maintained the trucks and other vehicles used to carry supplies over the Himalayas to Chinese Nationalist forces. After he left the service in February 1946, having earned promotion to T/5, Dillon concluded his studies at UMass Amherst on the GI Bill and earned a doctorate in Marketing from Ohio State. He taught at the University of Cincinnati for many years until his death in 1985.

The Dillon Papers consist of 178 letters written by Dillon to his family during his service in World War II, along with several written to him and an assortment of documents and ephemera. Beginning with basic training, the letters provide an essentially comprehensive account of Dillon’s military experience and interesting insight into a relatively quiet, but sparsely documented theater of war.


  • California--Description and travel
  • India--Description and travel
  • Pakistan--Description and travel
  • World War, 1939-1945


  • Dillon, Robert E

Types of material

  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Menus
  • Photographs

Enfield (Mass.) Collection, 1800-1939

8 boxes (4 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 010
Birdseye view of Enfield, ca.1915
Birdseye view of Enfield, ca.1915

Situated at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Swift River in western Massachusetts, Enfield was the largest and southernmost of the four towns inundated in 1939 to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Incorporated as a town in 1816, Enfield was relatively prosperous in the nineteenth century on an economy based on agriculture and small-scale manufacturing, reaching a population of just over 1,000 by 1837. After thirty years of seeking a suitably large and reliable water supply for Boston, the state designated the Swift River Valley as the site for a new reservoir and with its population relocated, Enfield was officially disincorporated on April 28, 1938.

The records of the town of Enfield, Mass., document nearly the entire history of the largest of four towns inundated to create the Quabbin Reservoir. The core of the collection consists of records of town meetings and of the activities of the town Selectmen, 1804-1938, but there are substantial records for the Enfield Congregational Church. The School Committee, Overseers of the Poor, the town Library Association, and groups such as the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Bethel Masonic Lodge.


  • Enfield (Mass.)--History
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Politics and government
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Religious life and customs
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Social life and customs
  • Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--History
  • Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--Social life and customs
  • Women--Societies and clubs


  • Daughters of the American Revolution. Captain Joseph Hooker Chapter (Enfield, Mass.)
  • Enfield (Mass. : Town)
  • Enfield (Mass. : Town). Overseers of the Poor
  • Enfield (Mass. : Town). Prudential Committee
  • Enfield (Mass. : Town). School Committee
  • Enfield Congregational Church (Enfield, Mass.)
  • Enfield Congregational Church (Enfield, Mass.). Women's Auxiliary
  • Enfield Congregational Church (Enfield, Mass.). Women's Missionary Society

Types of material

  • Account books
  • Church records
  • Photographs
  • Sermons

L. Sidney Eslinger Collection, 1905-2003

2 boxes (0.5 linear feet)
Call no.: PH 040

Lucille “Sidney” Eslinger was born in Albany, Missouri, on November 9, 1922, the daughter of Delano R. and Alice M. Willoughby Eslinger. After graduating from high school in 1941, Eslinger turned down an opportunity to attend college to work at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria, lll., partly for the opportunity to play for the Caterpillar Dieselettes, the fast-pitch softball team. Through a co-worker, Eslinger developed an interest in history, becoming an active proponent of historic preservation in central Illinois, including graveyards. After retiring from Caterpillar, she and a friend operated a dog grooming business and she was active in the Humane Society. Sidney died in Peoria on August 14, 2011.

The Eslinger Collection contains materials relating to Sidney Eslinger’s interests in gravestone studies, including four books; a research notebook about Springdale Cemetery in Peoria; a photo album of Old Peoria State Hospital; correspondence and miscellaneous materials about stone quarries and symbolism; and a photo scrapbook, “Coin Harvey: A Legend in His Time.” States represented include Illinois and Indiana.


  • Gravestones--Illinois
  • Gravestones--Indiana
  • Monte Ne (Ark.)
  • Old Peoria State Hospital
  • Springdale Cemetery (Peoria, Ill.)


  • Eslinger, L. Sidney (Lucille Sidney)

Types of material

  • Photographs

Charles H. Fernald Papers, 1869-1963

8 boxes (3.75 linear feet)
Call no.: FS 059
Charles H. Fernald
Charles H. Fernald

During a long and productive career in natural history, Charles Fernald conducted important research in economic entomology and performed equally important work as a member of the faculty and administration at Massachusetts Agricultural College. Arriving at MAC in 1886 as a professor of zoology, Fernald served as acting President of the College (1891-1892) and as the first Director of the Graduate School (1908-1912), and perhaps most importantly, he helped for many years to nurture the Hatch Experiment Station.

Correspondence, published writings, publication notes, newspaper clippings, Massachusetts Board of Agriculture Reports, and biographical material including personal recollections of former student and colleague Charles A. Peters.


  • Agriculture--Study and teaching
  • Entomology
  • Massachusetts Agricultural College--Faculty
  • Massachusetts Agricultural College. Department of Zoology
  • Zoology--Study and teaching


  • Fernald, Charles H.
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