“… there must come vast social change in the United States; a change not violent, but by the will of the people certain and inexorable; carried out ‘with malice toward none but charity for all'; with meticulous justice to the rich and complete sympathy for the poor, the sick and the ignorant; with freedom and democracy for America, and on earth Peace, Good Will toward men.”
W.E.B. Du Bois, Chicago, June 29, 1951
In keeping with our mission, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives collects materials of enduring historical and cultural value relating to four major thematic areas: the history and experience of social change in America; the histories and cultures of New England with an emphasis on Massachusetts; innovation and entrepreneurship; and the broad community associated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our collections are tightly integrated and span all formats, including personal papers and organizational records, books and periodicals, maps, photographs, audio and video recordings, and digital materials of all kinds, and they currently include over 35,000 printed items, approximately 30,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival materials, tens of thousands of photographs, and a burgeoning array of digital assets.
While not comprehensive, the following includes a brief synopsis of some of the primary focal points for SCUA’s collections:
Following in the footsteps of W.E.B. Du Bois, we recognize the inherent interconnectedness of a broad range of issues in social justice and collect original materials that document the organizational, intellectual, and individual ties that unite disparate struggles for social equality, human dignity, and justice. In adopting social change as a primary collecting focus, we hope to move beyond viewing social and political movements in isolation and toward a vision that acknowledges the connections between and among them. Ultimately, we wish to lay a foundation for examining the larger histories of social engagement in America and the broader experience of social change that is difficult to encapsulate within a single social movement.
A distinctive feature of SCUA’s approach to collecting is our effort to include “whole lives and whole communities,” to provide a robust basis for interpreting the background of the persons and organizations we document, their influences, interests, and the communities in which they operate.
Emphasizing the cross-fertilization between several social movements and centers of activist energy, including peace, social and racial justice, agricultural reform, environmentalism, sustainability, labor activism, gay activism, antinuclear activism, and intentional communities, but branching out to include antifluoridation activism, campaigns for voting rights and clean elections, community and charitable organizations, and the history of revolutionary-era Europe (1789-1848).
- African and African American history and culture: The history of race and ethnicity in America, with particular emphasis on the struggle for racial equality and social justice.
- Agriculture, horticulture, botany: Including agricultural science and practice, horticulture, animal husbandry, natural history, organic farming, sustainable living, and heritage breeds.
- Antinuclear movement: SCUA holds numerous collections documenting grassroots opposition to nuclear power and nuclear weaponry.
- Arts management and arts administration:
In partnership with the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service, the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, and several other arts agencies, SCUA documents the history of arts administration in America. Collecting the records of state and national arts agencies, we will provide a foundation for research into the evolution of arts policy, strategies for supporting the arts, and the economic and cultural impact of the arts on our communities.
- Cold War Culture: The culture of the Cold War, with an emphasis upon East Germany, Poland, and Yugoslavia. Among other areas, SCUA has a strong interest in the Solidarity movement and in partnership with the DEFA Film Library, in East German cinema and graphic arts.
- Disability: Organizational records and collections of personal papers documenting the history of disability and disability rights in the United States.
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender issues: Materials relating to the history and experience of the LGBTQ community and liberation struggles.
- Labor, work, and industry: Organized labor, industrialization, manufacturing, business history, and the experience and culture of labor and working people.
- Peace: Materials relating to the peace and antiwar movements and non-violence, with an emphasis on New England.
Materials that document innovative and entrepreneurial activities, and particularly social entrepreneurship. The collections in SCUA include the papers of Mark H. McCormack (a pioneer in sport and entertainment marketing), Carl C. Harris (inventor and President of Rodney Hunt Co.), and numerous collections that document our region’s distinctive history of innovation in manufacturing and technology.
The social, political, cultural, intellectual, literary, and economic life, with an emphasis upon western New England. The department houses thousands of books on New England cookery, with a particular emphasis on charitable and community cookbooks and cookbooks and ephemera published by corporations and the food industry.
- Cookery and culinary history
SCUA has thousands of cookbooks and other materials on New England regional cuisine, including community and charitable cookbooks, commercial cookbooks by New England authors, corporate cookbooks, and culinary ephemera.
- Literature and the arts
Emphasizing poets and writers, playwrights, and the performing arts in New England.
- Politics and political culture
SCUA has rich collections documenting the history and politics of the Commonwealth, including the papers of Congressmen Silvio O. Conte and John Olver, State Senator Stanley Rosenberg, and State rep John Clark and the records of the Hampshire Council of Governments and several individual towns.
Serving as the memory of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University Archives collects, preserves, and makes available official and non-official records documenting the policies, programs, facilities, and activities of the campus community, including its administration, departments and programs, faculty, and staff. The Archives also avidly collects materials that reflect the lives and experiences of its students and alumni.
SCUA makes an effort to document the histories of the entire UMass community. Our holdings include the comprehensive official records of the University since its founding in 1863, papers of faculty, staff, and students, official and unofficial publications, oral histories, and a wide range of other collections that reflect on our history as the Commonwealth’s land grant institution.
SCUA has developed depth in a handful of other collecting areas, including:
- 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
Margo Culley Papers, 1973-1985.
Call no.: FS 103
A former Professor of English at UMass Amherst and contributor to the Program in Women’s Studies, Margaret (Margo) Culley was a specialist in women’s literature, particularly in women’s autobiography and diaries as a literary form. Her research drew variously upon work in literature, history, American studies, and religion, exploring gender and genre, language, subjectivity, memory, cultural diversity, and narrative. Between 1985 and 1994, she edited three volumes on American women’s autobiographical writing, and another on feminist teaching in the college classroom.
The Culley Papers offer a somewhat fragmentary glimpse into Culley’s academic career and her commitments to women’s literature. The collection includes selected notes for research and teaching, annotated bibliographies of women’s literature, a performance script for The Voices of Lost New England Women Writers, a federal grant proposal for The Black Studies/Women’s Studies Faculty Development Project (1981), and notes related to a study on minority women in the classroom. Letters collected by Culley’s students (late 18th and early 19th century) have been separated from the collection and designated as manuscript collections.
- University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
- University of Massachusetts Amherst--Women
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of English
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Program in Women's Studies
- Culley, Margo
W.A. Currier Daybooks, 1865-1869.
Call no.: MS 213
Hardware store merchant, stove dealer, and tinsmith from Haverhill, Massachusetts. Daybooks include documentation of customers, items purchased, prices paid, and transactions relating to Currier’s rag trade.
- Adams, George
- Bradford (Haverhill, Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
- Contractors--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century
- Daniels, W. F
- Gildea, Peter
- Griffin, Samuel
- Hardware stores--Massachusetts--Haverhill--Finance--History--19th century
- Haverhill (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
- Kimball, O
- O'Brine, J. W
- Rags--Prices--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century
- Stacy, W. P
- Stove industry and trade--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century
- Stoves--Repairing--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century
- Tinsmiths--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century
- Currier, W. A
Types of material
- Account books
Dall Family Correspondence, 1810-1843.
Call no.: MS 282
Chiefly correspondence from various Dall family members in Boston, Massachusetts, particularly father William Dall, Revolutionary War veteran, merchant, businessman and former Yale College writing master, to sons William and James Dall in Baltimore, Maryland. Letters of son James Dall, then a student at Harvard University, provide accounts of Boston political and cultural activities of the time.
The correspondence documents the daily changes in the life of a merchant’s family in the early 19th century, reflecting anxiety over trade restrictions, embargoes, and other economic disruptions resulting from the War of 1812. The elder Dall (William 3rd) and much of his family lived in Boston, but two sons lived in Baltimore. The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters to the younger son, William 4th, who was then apprenticed to a Baltimore merchant. The letters of son James Dall, then a student at Harvard University, provide accounts of Boston political and cultural activities.
- Baltimore (Md.)--Biography
- Baltimore (Md.)--Economic conditions--19th century
- Boston (Mass.)--Biography
- Boston (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
- Boston (Mass.)--Intellectual life--19th century
- Boston (Mass.)--Politics and government--19th century
- Dall family
- Family--United States--History--19th century
- Harvard University--Students
- Dall, James, 1781-1863
- Dall, John Robert, 1798-1851
- Dall, John, 1791-1852
- Dall, Joseph, 1801-1840
- Dall, Maria, 1783-1836
- Dall, Rebecca Keen
- Dall, Sarah Keen, 1798-1878
- Dall, William, 1753-1829
- Dall, William, 1794 or 5-1875
Democratic Socialist Conference Collection, 1984-1991.
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.
- 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
Luke Drury Papers, 1746-1831.
Call no.: MS 258
Soldier in Revolutionary War and Shays Rebellion, later a state legislator and local politician from Grafton and Marlboro, Massachusetts. Drury’s papers contain family and business (farm and mill) correspondence, notes of hand, bills, receipts, and legal papers as well as records pertaining to the town of Grafton. Collection also includes papers of Timothy Darling and the Goulding, Place, and Sherman families.
- Grafton (Mass.)--History
- Shays' Rebellion, 1786-1787
- Darling, Timothy
- Drury, Luke, 1737-1811
- Goulding, Israel
- Sherman, Thankful Temple
Types of material
Enfield (Mass.) Collection, 1800-1939.
Call no.: MS 010
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
Joseph W. Estey Account Book, 1809-1827.
Call no.: MS 093
Joseph W. Estey was the owner of a farm in Greenwich, Massachusetts with a grist and sawmill. The account book (started in Springfield and Ludlow, Massachusetts with his business partner Abner Putnam) documents business dealings, hired male and female help, personal and farm expenses (hiring tanners and blacksmiths), and a deed.
- Agricultural laborers--Massachusetts--Greenwich
- Greenwich (Mass.)--Economic condition--19th century
- Howe, Edward
- Howe, Gideon
- Lincoln, Benjamin
- Ludlow (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
- Marcy, Laban
- Mills and mill-work--Massachusetts--Greenwich
- Oaks, John
- Parson Clapp Tavern
- Putnam, A. W.
- Putnam, Abner
- Springfield (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
- Vaughan, Josiah
- Ware Manufacturing Co. (Ware, Mass.)
- Warner, John
- Estey, Joseph W.
Types of material
- Account books
Drawing upon the unique materials under their care, the staff of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives organize two to three exhibits a year in their reading room and work regularly with their colleagues in the general library to prepare other exhibits for display on the Lower Level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.
Deep in the Hole: Experiences of Imprisonment
- Sept. 15, 2014-Jan. 21, 2015
- Location: SCUA and Learning Commons, Du Bois Library
Deep in the Hole focuses on experiences of imprisonment and the prison-industrial complex, using documents from prison rights and activism collections held in Special Collections & University Archives. The exhibit examines a wide range of experiences of imprisonment including political prisoners, conscientious objectors in WWII, the war on drugs and marijuana decriminalization, psychiatric confinement, and the role of controversial activism and publications. The materials range from historic to contemporary, from the papers of W.E.B. Du Bois to the trenchant comics of prisoners.
Photographs of Alton Blackington
- Jan. 25, 2015-May 31, 2015
- Location: SCUA and Lower Level, Du Bois Library
The exhibit showcases “Blackie” Blackington’s New England photography from the 1920s to the 1940s. It covers terrain stretching from news of public officials and civic events to local personalities, but the heart of the exhibit is images of typically eccentric New England characters and human interest stories.
M.A.C. and the Women’s Land Army of America in World War I
- June 5, 2015-Sept. 21, 2015
- Location: SCUA and Learning Commons, Du Bois Library
This exhibit investigates Massachusetts Agricultural College’s participation in the Women’s Land Army of America, a women’s organization to work in agriculture replacing men called up to the military from 1917-1922.
Benjamin Smith Lyman in Japan
- Sept. 25, 2015-Jan. 21, 2016
- Location: Learning Commons, Du Bois Library
A native of Northampton, Massachusetts, Benjamin Smith Lyman was a prominent geologist and mining engineer. At the request of the Meiji government in Japan, Lyman helped introduce modern geological surveying and mining techniques during the 1870s and 1880s, and his papers from that period illuminate aspects of late nineteenth century Japan, New England, and Pennsylvania, as well as the fields of geology and mining exploration and engineering.
Photographs from the collection of Diana Mara Henry
An exhibit by Chuck Abel.
|E.D. Hudson: an Abolitionist Life
An examination of social reform and antislavery in Antebellum New England. An exhibit by Charles Weisenberger.
|Rhetoric or Research
interprets student protests against CIA recruitment at UMass Amherst during the 1980s through a selection of images taken by student photojournalists.
By Tom Hohenstein (ETHIR recipient, 2011).
|Source, History, Story: Teaching U.S. History in the Archives
A digital curriculum for teaching U.S. history using archival resources.
An exhibit by Emily Oswald (ETHIR recipient, 2011).
|Behold And See As You Pass By
An online exhibit on gravestones and mortuary art in Early New England drawn from the Association for Gravestones Studies Collections.
By Molly Campbell (ETHIR recipient, 2011)
Science fiction readership in the Cold War and beyond.
An exhibit by Morgan Hubbard.
Conrad D. Totman’s letters home from Korea, 1954-1955.
An exhibit by Alex McKenzie.
|Du Bois: The Activist Life
An online exhibit on the life and legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois based on his papers.
|Herbals and Insects
A selection of rare botanical and entomological books from the SCUA collections.
|Apiculture and culture
Books on bees and beekeeping.
An exhibit by Richard A. Steinmetz.