“… 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:
- Pagan Association, UMass (Religious Groups) (1989- )
- see Portraits (Iconographic Materials) RG-182/2
- see also Water Color Paintings (Memorabilia, general) RG-183/5
- Pakistani Student Association (PSA) (1996- )
- Pan Hellenic Council (1959-1983)
- see also Social Union (1872-1940) RG-45/90/S6
- Pandemonia (1971-1972)
- Panoramic Photos
- see Photo Archives Project (PAP) RG-172
- Parachute Club, Sport (1975-1995)
- Parchment, The Sylvan
- see Sylvan Parchment, The (1976) RG-45/00/S11
- Parents Day (Official University Committee) (1925)
- Parents Newsletter (1962-1968)
- Parking and Transportation Council (1972-1975)
- see also Traffic and Parking Appeals Board (1972- ) RG-40/2/T7
- Parking Appeals Board, Traffic and
- see Traffic and Appeals Board (1972- ) RG-40/2/T7
- Parking Coordinator, Transportation
- see also Transit Service (Student Senate Committee) RG-45/7/T7
- Parking Services (1994- ) RG-35/21
- Parking Enforcement
- see Parking Services RG-35/21
- Parking Office
- see Parking Coordinator RG-30/20
- Parking Services (1994- ) RG-35/21
- Parking Services (1994- )
- Pass-Fail, ad hoc Sub-Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1967)
- Patent Review Committee (Faculty Senate, 1986-1987)
- Pau, France–UMass Summer School at
- see French and Italian Department–Pau, France (UMass Summer School) RG-25/F9
- see Professional Association of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (PAUMA) RG-40/5/P7
- see also Professional Staff Organization (PSO) RG-40/5/P7.7
- PAUMA Bulletin (1987-1989)
- Payroll, Personnel
- see Personnel, Payroll (Human Resources Office) RG-35/2
- Peace and Justice in the Middle East, UMass Faculty and Staff for (unofficial organization) (1990-1991)
- Peace Corps (UMass Training Program, Africa) (1962)
- see International Programs RG-6/4/9
- Peace in Central America, Faculty and Staff for (unofficial organization)
- Peacemakers, UMass (1982-1984)
- see also Peacemakers Records (1963-1990) MS309
- Peer Sex Education Program RG-30/15/2/2
- Pelham Quarry
- see Quarry, Pelham (Physical Plant) (1866) RG-36/50/Q8
- People for A Socially Responsible University (PSRU)(Student Social Action Group) (1989-1990)
- People For Choice (Student Social Action Group) (1989)
- People’s Gay Alliance
- see Gay Alliance, People’s (Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay Alliance) RG-45/40/G3
- People’s Market (1974- )
- People’s Market — Collective Works (2002)
- see Collective Works (People’s Market) (2002) RG-45/00/C4.9
- People’s News-Stand (1975-1977)
- see Political Economy Research Instiute (PERI) (1998- ) RG-25/E1.6
- Personnel Affairs, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1971)
- Personnel and Financial Services, Director of
- see Business Office, Director of Personnel and Financial Services RG-35/3
- Personnel, Assistant Vice President for Labor Relations
- see Assistant Vice President for Labor Relations and Personnel RG-3/17/1
- Personnel Office Newsletter (1962, 1966-1968, 1972-1975)
- Personnel-Payroll (Human Resources Office)
- Personnel-Payroll (Human Resources Office)–Classified Employment Opportunities
- see Classified Employment Opportunities ("Yellow Sheet") RG-35/2
- Personnel-Payroll (Human Resources Office)–Employment Opportunities
- see Employment Opportunities ("Beige Sheet") RG-35/2
- Personnel/Payroll (Human Resources Office)–Personnel Office Newsletter
- see Personnel Office Newsletter RG-35/2
- Personnel Policies ad hoc Committee on, Multicampus Academic (1974-75)
- see Inter-Campus Committees (2-campus and 3-campus) RG-3/100
- Personnel, Vice President for Labor Relations and, Assistant
- see Vice President for Labor Relations and Personnel, Assistant RG-3/17/1
- Perspectives (Housing Services) (1980-1985)
- Pest Control Guide for Commercial Growers in Massachusetts and Connecticut
- see Extension Service, Cooperative– Pest Control Guide for Commercial Growers in
- Massachusetts and Connecticut (1971-1975) RG-15/8
- Pesticide Chemical Information Center
- Phi Alpha Theta (Honor Society)
- Phi Beta Kappa (Honor Society) (1932- )
- Phi Beta Kappa News Bulletin (1937-1965)
- see also Key Reporter, The (1936-1963, 1974-1978) RG-40/3/P3
- Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program
- see Phi Beta Kappa RG-40/3/P3
- Phi Beta Sigma (1985-1989)
- Phi Delta Kappa (1984, 1993)
- Phi Eta Sigma (Honor Society)
- Phi Kappa Phi (Honor Society) (1904- )
- Phi Mu Delta (1980-1993)
- Phi Sigma Alpha (Honor Society)
- Phi Sigma Delta (1978, 1985)
- Phi Sigma Kappa (1873-1973)
- Phi Sigma Pi (1996)
- Philosophy Department
- Phonodiscs (Sound Recordings)
- Photo Archives Project (PAP)
- Photo Center (Photographic and Motion Picture Services)
- Photo Center Slide Collection
- Photo Collection, Fred Moore
- see Fred Moore Photo Collection RG-173
- Photo Negatives Collection
- see University Photo Negatives Collection RG-171
- Photographer’s Association (1962-1973)
- Photographic and Motion Picture Services
- see Photo Center (Photographic and Motion Picture Services) RG-5/7
- Photographic Services (University Relations and Development)
- see Photo Center RG-5/7
- RG-100 thru RG-176
- Photographs (proof sheets)
- see Proof Sheets (photographs) RG-176
- Photography Club, University
- see Photographer’s Association RG-45/40/P5
- Photos, Oversize
- see Oversize Photos RG-175
- see also Lithographs RG-182/1
- Photos, Panoramic
- see Panoramic Photos RG-170
- Physical Education, Men’s Department
- Physical Education, Professional Preparation in
- Physical Education, School of
- see School of Physical Education RG-18
- Physical Education, Women’s Department (WOPE)
- Physical Plant (Department)
- Physical Plant Department, Director
- Physical Plant Publications
- see also Mainstay (Physical Plant) (1969-1978) RG-36/00
- Physical Plant Subject Files
- Physical Sciences Library (1961- )
- Physics and Astronomy–Cognitive Development Project
- Physics and Astronomy Department
- See also collections relating to members of the Physics Department
- Physics and Astronomy–Five College Astronomical Society
- Physics and Astronomy–Five College Radio and Astronomy Observatory
- Physics and Astronomy–Scientific Reasoning Research Institute
- Pi Beta Phi (1964-1966)
- Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) (1988)
- Pi Tau Sigma (Honor Society)
- Picketing, ad hoc Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1967-1971,1987)
- Picketing and Recruitment, Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1987)
- Pierce College (School of Management)
- see Phi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) RG-45/90/P5.9
- Pistol Team
- see Sports-Men’s Pistol Team (1966) RG-18/2
- Placement Files (Microfilm)
- Placement Service, Career Planning and
- see Career Planning and Placement Service RG-30/9/5
- see also Placement File (Microfilm) RG-190/1
- see Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) RG-4/3/3
- Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) RG-4/3/4
- Planning and Budget, Office of
- see Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) RG-4/3/3
- Planning and Facilities Development, Office of
- Planning and Resource Development Series
- see Holdsworth Natural Resources Center–Planning and Resource Development Series (#’s 1-28) RG-15/3
- Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1970-1980)
- see also Campus Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1956-1960, 1974-1975) RG-40/2/A3
- Campus Physical Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1974- ) RG-40/2/A3
- Master Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1961-1974) RG-40/2/A3
- Long Range Planning Committee, ad hoc (Faculty Senate, 1966-1971) RG-40/2/A3
- Planning Office (1965- )
- Planning, Project
- see Director of Business Procedure and Project Planning RG-3/4/5
- Planning, Vice President for
- see Vice President for Planning RG-3/7
- Plans (Cartographic Materials)
- Plant and Soil Sciences Department
- Plant Biology
- Plant Pathology Department
- Plant Pathology–Florists’ and Gardeners’ Club
- Plaque (Student Publication) (1939)
- Plaques (Memorial)
- see Memorial Stones and Plaques (Physical Plant) RG-36/50/M4
- see also Plaques (Memorabilia, General) RG-183/3
- Plaques (Memorabilia, general)
- see also Memorial Stones and Plaques RG-36/50/M4
- Plato User’s Group Newsletter, UMass
- see Massachusetts CAI Consortium Newsletter (1985- ) RG-29/00
- Plays, Films and (Posters)
- see Films and Plays (Poster Collection) RG-180/4
- Poetry Circular (Student Publication) (1963)
- Pointers for Pork Profits
- see Extension Service, Cooperative–Pointers for Pork Profits (1949, 1954, 1968-1974) RG-15/8
- Police Officers, International Brotherhood of
- see International Brotherhood of Police Officers (NAGE) RG-40/5/P6
- Polish Farmer’s Day (1911-1924)
- Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) (1998- )
- Political Science Department
- Political Science Department–Public Administration, Graduate Program
- Polity (Political Science Department) (1968- )
- Polo Team
- see Sports-Men’s Polo Team (ca. 1896) RG-18/2
- Polymer Research
- see Center for University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP) RG-25/P7.5
- Polymer Research Institute
- see also Polymer Science and Engineering Program RG-25/P7
- Polymer Science and Engineering Program
- see Plant and Soil Sciences RG-25/P4
- Pond, Campus
- see Campus Pond and Isle of View (Physical Plant) RG-36/104/P6
- Poor Women’s Task Force (Everywoman’s Center)
- Population Studies, Certificate Program in
- Portraits (Iconographic Materials)
- Portuguese Club (1976-1977)
- Portuguese Department
- see Hispanic Literature and Linguistics RG-25/H4
- Post-War Period, Massachusetts State College in the
- see Massachusetts State College in the Post-War Period (Official University Committee) (1944) RG-40/2/M4.5
- Poster Collection
- Poster Collection, Miscellaneous/Art
- Poultry Club (1927-1954)
- see Progressive Organization of Women’s Rights (POWER) (1989) RG-45/80/P7
- Pow-Wow (Student Publication) (1948)
- Precisionettes (Special Student Interest Group) (1946-1965)
- Pre-Law Association (1966-1986)
- Pre-Medical Society (1982)
- President, Selection Committee to Advice on (Faculty Senate, 1969)
- President, Selection of a (Official University Committee) (1927, 1932-1933, 1968-1969)
- President’s Cabinet
- see Cabinet, President’s RG-3/12
- Presidents, Individual (1864- ) RG-3/1
- see also Presidents (Photographs) RG-110/1
- President’s Office
- President’s Office, Organization Charts (1967- )
- President’s Office, Publications (1948- )
- Presidents Photographs
- Press, Committee on Faculty Senate (Faculty Senate, 1962- )
- Press Information (Commencement)
- Press, UMass
- see University Press RG-10/4
- Principal Investigators, Faculty Group of (1978)
- Print Shop (Campus Center)
- Printed Materials (Oversize Materials)
- Printout (Massachusetts Data, Center for) (1983-1984)
- Privacy Task Force
- see Committees in Student Affairs–Privacy Task Force RG-30/1/3
- Prize Essays
- see Awards, Prizes RG-1/11
- see Awards, Prizes RG-1/11
- Process Design and Control, Center in, Industry/University
- see Chemical Engineering Department–Industry/University Center In Process Design and Control RG-25/C2/3
- see Design and Production RG-39/6
- Professional Association of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (PAUMA)
- Professional Association of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst–Bulletin (PAUMA)
- see PAUMA Bulletin RG-40/5/P7
- Professional Employees, Union of
- see Union of Professional Employees (UPE) RG-40/5/P8
- Professional Personnel, Chancellor’s Committee on (1966-1972)
- Professional Preparation in Physical Education
- see Physical Education, Professional Preparation in RG-25/P3.3
- Professional Schools, Associate Provost for
- see Provost for Professional Schools, Associate (1971-1976) RG-6/14
- see also Schools themselves RG-12 thru 18
- Professional Staff Appeals Committee
- Professional Staff Organization (PSO) (1984- )
- Professors, American Association of University
- see American Association of University Professors (AAUP) RG-40/5/A2
- Program and Budget Council of Faculty Senate (Faculty Senate, 1973- )
- Program for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns (1986- )
- see also People’s Gay Alliance RG-45/40/G3
- Lesbian Union RG-45/40/L4
- Program Groups (Student)
- see Fine Arts/program groups (Student) RG-45/45/50
- Programs, Academic
- see Academic Departments, Programs, Institutes, Centers RG-25
- Programs (School of Education) (1967-1977)
- Progress Report (Experiment Station, 1888- )
- see Experiment Station (1888- )–Progress Report (1962- ) RG-15/2.2
- Progressive Candidates Pool
- Progressive Organization of Women’s Rights (POWER) (1989-1996)
- Progressive Student (Student Publications) (1984)
- Project ABLE (Affirmative Business Leadership Education) (School of Management)
- Project Bridge (1968)
- Project I Can (College of Arts and Sciences) (1992)
- Project Pulse
- see Student Affairs Research and Education Office (SAREO) RG-30/27
- Project STRIDE (Springfield Teacher Recruitment to Increase Diversity In Education (1996- )
- Project 10, Inquiry Program
- see also Inquiry Program (School of Education) RG-13/4/2/1
- Proof Sheets/Contact Sheets (Photographs)
- Property and Receiving
- Protests and Demonstrations, Student
- see Student Protests and Demonstrations RG-45/101
- see Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost RG-6/1
- Provost, Assistant to the
- Provost for Faculty Relations, Associate (1983-1989)
- Provost for Professional Schools, Associate (1971-1976)
- see also schools themselves RG- 12-18
- Provost for Special Programs, Associate (1968-1982)
- see also departments RG-25/A-Z
- Provost for Undergraduate Education, Associate (1972-1973, 1981- )
- Provost for University Outreach, Interim Vice
- Provost for Women and Minority Groups, Associate (1968-1981)
- see also Affirmative Action Office RG-4/7
- Everywoman’s Center RG-7/2
- Provost’s Administrative Council
- see Deans Council; Provost’s Administrative Council; Academic Deans Meeting (1955-1972) RG-6/2
- Provost’s Task Force on Academic Computing
- see Computing, Provosts Task Force on Academic (1984-1985) RG-40/2/C6.7
- see Pakistani Student Association (PSA) (1996- )
- Psi Chi (Honor Society) RG-45/60/P7
- see Professional Staff Organization (PSO) (1984- ) RG-40/5/P7.7
- see People for a Socially Responsible University (PSRU) (Student Social Action Group) RG-45/80/P5
- Psychological Services Center
- Psychology Department
- Psychology Department–Behavioral Biology, Dept. of
- Psychology Department–Cognitive Science Society
- Psychology Newsletter (1987- 1990)
- Psychometric and Evaluation Research, Laboratory of (School of Education)
- Public Administration, Bureau of
- see Bureau of Public Administration RG-25/P6.4
- Public Administration, Graduate Program in
- see Political Science Department–Public Administration, Graduate Program in RG-25/P6
- Public Affairs
- see also Public Affairs (President’s Office) RG-3/10
- Public Affairs (President’s Office)
- see also Public Affairs RG-5
- Public Affairs, Director of
- Public Affairs Publications
- Public Art Sites, Galleries and
- see Galleries & Public Art Sites (Physical Plant) RG-36/50/G2
- Public Health Center, Northeast Regional Environmental
- see Northeast Regional Environmental Public Health Center RG-17/1/1
- Public Health, Division of
- see School of Public Health and Health Sciences RG-17/1
- Public Health, Division of–Biopharmaceutical Research Unit
- Public Health, Division of–Biostatistics Technical Reports
- Public Health, Division of–Newsletter (1984-1987)
- Public Health, School of (1989-1993)
- see School of Public Health and Health Sciences (1993- ) RG-17
- Public Higher Education, Campus Convention on the Future of, Coordinating Committee on the
- see Campus Convention on the Future of Public Education, Coordinating Committee on (1995- ) RG-40/3/C2
- Public Information (President’s Office)
- Public Information, Office of (Public Affairs)
- see also Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Development, RG-39/1.
- Public Manager’s Notebook (1981-1988)
- see Institute for Governmental Services (IGS) RG-3/8
- Public Policy and Administration, Center for
- see Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) (1997- ) RG-25/P6.3
- Public Policy Committee (Student Senate) (1986- )
- Public-Private Records, Student Affairs Task Force on (1974- )
- see Committee in Student Affairs–Privacy Task Force RG-30/1/3
- Public Relations, Publications and
- see Publications and Public Relations (1954-1956) RG-40/2/P9.2
- Public Safety (Department)
- see also Campus Safety News RG-30/17
- Public Safety Department (Photographs)
- Public Safety Monthly Summaries (1973-1990)
- Public School Partnership (Five-College Inc. Program)
- Public School Students, Tutoring Enrichment Assistance Model for
- see Tutoring Enrichment Assistance Model for Public School Students (TEAMS) RG-7/12
- Public Service Council (1968)
- see Inter-Campus Committees–Public Service Council RG-3/100
- Public Service Fund
- see Healy Endowment/Public Service Fund (Research and Graduate Studies) RG-9/2/4
- Public Services (Library)
- Public Services Office (Library) (1953- )
- Public Student Coalition (Student Association) (1976)
- Publications (Official University Committee) (1916-1927)
- Publications and Broadcast Board, Student (1966, 1969)
- Publications and Public Relations (Official University Committee) (1954-1956)
- Publications Committee (Faculty Senate, 1970)
- Publications Department
- Publications Office (Public Affairs)
- Publications, Official
- see Printed, mimeos, etc. (University as a Whole) RG-1/00
- Publications Policy (Official University Committee) (1949-1950)
- Publications, Student
- see Student Publications RG-45/00
- see UMass News (Release) RG-5/3
- Publicity (Official University Committee) (1926-1927)
- Publicity about UMass (Public Affairs)
- Histories and historians ‘ files (1898- ) RG-1 201
- Pulse, Project
- see Student Affairs Research and Education Office (SAREO) RG-30/27
- QTV Fraternity (1869-1997)
- Quarry, Pelham (Physical Plant) (1866)
- Quarterly, The (1958-1959)
- see Collegian Quarterly (1938-1962) RG-45/00/C6.2
- Quest Program, The (Chancellor’s Office) (1985- )
- Questor (Student Publication) (1974)
- Quilt Project, AIDS Memorial
- see AIDS Memorial Quilt Project (1992- ) RG-11/20
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.
|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.
William F. Field Papers, 1948-1986.
Call no.: RG 030/2 F5
The University’s first Dean of Students, William F. Field held the post from 1961 until his retirement in 1988. The 27 years Field was Dean of Students was a critical time of growth and unrest, as the University’s student population more than tripled in size and the nation-wide movements for civil rights and against the Vietnam War were reflected through student activism and protest on the University’s campus. Responsible for ending student curfews and overseeing all dorms becoming co-ed, Field also worked with minority students and faculty to support the Black Arts Movement on campus and the founding of the W.E.B Du Bois Afro-American Studies Department.
The William F. Field Papers document Field’s career as an administrator at the University of Massachusetts and specifically his role as Dean of Students from 1961-1988. The correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, and other official printed and manuscript documents are a rich resource for one of the most important and volatile eras in the University’s history. Of particular interest are extensive files on student protests and activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s and the growing diversity of the campus student population, flourishing of the Black Arts Movement on campus and the founding of the W.E.B. Du Bois Afro-American Studies Department.
- African American college students--Massachusetts
- Field, William Franklin, 1922-
- Race relations--United States
- Universities and colleges--United States--Administration
- University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dean of Students
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Afro-American Studies
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements--United States
Types of material
Britta Fischer, U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association Photograph Collection, 1978.
Call no.: PH 054
Founded in 1974, the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association was among the first American organizations devoted to fostering people-to-people diplomacy between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. The vision of veteran civil rights activist Unita Blackwell, the USCPFA sponsored speakers, seminars, and cultural exchanges, and in the 1970s, was among the first groups to organize tours from the United States to the People’s Republic.
The 449 color slides (35 mm.) that comprise the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association collection document one of the group’s early tours, undertaken at the height of the agitation over the Gang of Four. Beyond simple touristic scenes, the collection depicts a state-sponsored version of everyday life in China during the early post-Mao era.
- Beijing (China)--Photographs
- Great Wall of China (China)--Photographs
- Jinan (China)--Photographs
- Shanghai (China)--Photographs
- Tian'an Men (Beijing, China)--Photographs
- Yangzhou (China)--Photographs
Types of material
W. L. Holland Papers, 1922-2008.
Call no.: MS 782
Born in New Zealand in 1907, Bill Holland first traveled to Japan at the age of 21 to take part in the conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations, beginning over thirty years of association with the organization. During his time at IPR, Holland held a number of leadership positions, including Research Secretary (1933-1944), Secretary-General (1946-1960), and editor of its periodicals Far Eastern Survey and Pacific Affairs. He took leave from the IPR twice: to study for a MA in economics under John Maynard Keynes at Cambridge (1934) and, during the Second World War, to become acting director of the Office of War Information in Chungking, China. Founded on an internationalist philosophy as a forum to discuss relations between Pacific nations, the IPR was targeted under the McCarthy-era McCarran act during the 1950s, accused of Communist sympathies. After political pressure led the IPR to disband in 1960, Holland accepted a position on faculty with the newly created Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia (1961-1972), helping to lead that department to international prominence. He remained in BC until the death of his wife Doreen in 1990, after which he settled in Amherst to live with his only child, Patricia G. Holland. Holland died in Amherst in May 2008.
The Holland Papers are a dense assemblage of correspondence of Bill Holland, his wife Doreen, and their family, from his first trip abroad in the 1920s through the time of his death. Although largely personal in nature, the letters offer important insight into Holland’s travel in pre-war Asia, his work with the IPR, the war, and the of the 1950s. The collection also includes a wealth of photographs, including two albums documenting trips to Japan, China, and elsewhere 1929-1933.
- China--Description and travel
- Japan--Description and travel
- World War, 1939-1945
- Holland, Doreen P.
- Institute of Pacific Relations
Types of material
Within a decade of its founding, the Massachusetts Agricultural College began to forge what would become fast ties with its counterparts in Japan. Seeking to establish a thoroughly modern college in Hokkaido, the Imperial Government in Japan looked to America for a model of innovation in agricultural education, settling quickly on MAC. With the leadership of William Smith Clark, a succession of faculty, students, and alumni helped develop the Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University).
The Dept. of Special Collections at UMass Amherst (SCUA) houses several collections from those early exchanges, including the papers of William Smith Clark and his students and colleagues William Brooks and William Wheeler, along with the remarkable collections associated with the geologist Benjamin Smith Lyman, a resident of Northampton. These collections have formed a core on which SCUA continues to build. Today, the department specializes in documenting the American study of Japanese history and culture, particularly in the post-war period.
- Beato, Felice. Papers, ca. 1863-1871.
- As a photographer, Beato was an important chronicler of late-Edo and early-Meiji era Japan.
- Brooks, William Penn. Papers, 1863-1939.
- Invited by the Japanese government — and his mentor, William Smith Clark — to help establish the Sapporo Agricultural College, modeled on the Massachusetts Agricultural College. Spending over a decade in Hokkaido, Brooks helped to introduce western scientific agricultural practices and the outlines of a program in agricultural education, and he built a solid foundation for the School.
- Clark, William Smith. 1814-2003 (bulk: 1844-1886).
- Held the presidency of Massachusetts Agricultural College (now University of Massachusetts Amherst) from 1867-1879, and helped to found Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University) in Japan in 1876.
- Lewis, Gertrude. Papers, 1920-2001.
- An educator for most her life, Lewis ‘s papers document changes within theory and pedagogy over time and in various geographic locales, including Japan, in the field of education.
- Lyman, Benjamin Smith
- Papers, 1831-1921. Prominent geologist and mining engineer, Lyman was invited by the Meiji government in Japan to help introduce modern geological surveying and mining techniques during the 1870s and 1880s.
- Japanese Book Collection, 1710-1898. During his years as a consultant to the Meiji government in Japan, Benjamin Smith Lyman accumulated a large collection of books printed in Japan. His book collection includes works on language to literature, religion, the arts, and culture.
- Maki, John. Papers.
- Japanese-American professor of political science at UMass who worked on contemporary Japan, militarism, and post-war constitution. Maki served in U.S. Army Intelligence during the Second World War, and spent several months in Japan in 1946 as part of the Occupation administration.
- Passin, Herbert. Collection, 1944-1955.
- Inducted into the Army in 1941 and assigned to duty in Tokyo in December 1945, he became chief of the Public Opinion and Sociological Research Division under Gen. Douglas MacArthur. During his tour of duty, Passin coordinated a series of sociological studies of Japanese village life to help guide U.S. Occupation policy, particularly as it dealt with land and labor reform.
- Stockbridge, Levi. Papers, 1841-1878.
- Pioneering agriculturist and president of Massachusetts Agricultural College, whose son, Horace Edward Stockbridge, taught at Hokkaido University and sent descriptions of his travel in Japan home.
- Totman, Conrad. Papers, 1800-2005.
- A professor of Japanese history at Yale, Totman’s collection a treasure trove of information on Japan in general, and particularly on his specialties: early modern Japan and forestry and environmental management.
- Wheeler, William. Papers, 1876-1930.
- Joined Massachusetts Agricultural College President William Smith Clark and two other alumni of the college in helping to found the Sapporo Agricultural College in Japan (now Hokkaido University), succeeding Clark as president of the school from 1877 to 1879.
- Yamashita, Yoskiaki. Photograph album, ca. 1904.
- Professor from Tokyo who traveled the United States providing instruction in the new martial art of judo from 1903-1960.
John W. Lederle Papers, 1947-1983 (Bulk: 1960-1970).
Call no.: RG 003/1 L43
John Lederle played a large role in shaping the Amherst campus as it looks today, transforming UMass Amherst into a nationally respected research university and “great public center for excellence in higher education.” Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, Lederle received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1942. Admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1936, he worked with a Detroit law firm from 1936 to 1940 before joining the political science department at Brown University from 1941 to 1944. He returned to the University of Michigan in 1944, filling a number of positions until 1960, when the University of Massachusetts elected him President. Under Lederle’s leadership, the Amherst campus enjoyed its greatest period of growth. From 1960 to 1970, student enrollment more than tripled and faculty salaries nearly doubled. The academic program expanded greatly, particularly at the graduate level, and under his watch, the university instituted an academic press, a public radio station, and collaborative arrangements between the local colleges. The University system also evolved in the Lederle years, with the establishment of the Boston campus in 1964 and the medical school in Worcester in 1962.
The Lederle Papers include professional correspondence, administrative records, subject files, committee notes, reports, and clippings; Extra-University records that document Lederle’s involvement and interactions with governmental and non-governmental organizations at the state, regional, and national levels; personal correspondence, speeches, bibliographies of his writings, biographical information, a transcript of an oral history describing his administration, and materials relating to his professional activities that followed his presidency; and a series of confidential records.
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. President
- Lederle, John William, 1912-
Radical Student Union Records, 1905-2006 (Bulk: 1978-2005).
Call no.: RG 045/80 R1
Founded by Charles Bagli in 1976, the Revolutionary Student Brigade at UMass Amherst (later the Radical Student Union) has been a focal point for organization by politically radical students. RSU members have responded to issues of social justice, addressing both local, regional, and national concerns ranging from militarism to the environment, racism and sexism to globalization.
The RSU records document the history of a particularly long-lived organization of left-leaning student activists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Beginning in the mid-1970s, as students were searching for ways to build upon the legacy of the previous decade, the RSU has been a constant presence on campus, weathering the Reagan years, tough budgetary times, and dramatic changes in the political culture at the national and state levels. The RSU reached its peak during the 1980s with protests against American involvement in Central America, CIA recruitment on campus, American support for the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and government-funded weapons research, but in later years, the organization has continued to adapt, organizing against globalization, sweatshops, the Iraq War, and a host of other issues.
- Anti-apartheid movements--Massachusetts
- Central America--Foreign relations--United States
- College students--Political activity
- El Salvador--History--1979-1992
- Iraq War, 2003-
- Peace movements--Massachusetts
- Persian Gulf War, 1991
- Political activists--Massachusetts--History
- Student movements
- United States--Foreign relations--Central America
- United States. Central Intelligence Agency
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Progressive Student Network
- Radical Student Union
- Revolutionary Student Brigade
Types of material
Southeast Asia Collection, 1925-1986.
Call no.: MS 407
The Southeast Asia Collection highlights the regional wars from the 1970s to the 1980s, including a series on Southeast Asian refugees in America, along with materials on regional economic development, especially in the Mekong River Basin. The collection contains hundreds of reports on agricultural and industrial projects in the region, examining everything from the impact of electrification on village life in Thailand to a description of a Soviet-built hospital in Cambodia in 1961, to an assessment of herbicide in Vietnam in 1971.
Collected primarily by Joel Halpern and James Hafner, the collection includes background, field, and situation reports by U.S. Operations Missions and U.S. Agency for International Development; reports, publications, statistics, and background information from other U.S. government agencies, governments of Laos and Thailand, and the United Nations; correspondence, reports, and reference materials of nongovernmental organizations; reports and essays by individuals about Southeast Asia; news releases and newspapers; published and unpublished bibliographies; and interviews with U.S. military personnel. Most material comes from governmental and organizational sources, but there are papers by, and debriefs of, numerous individuals.
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975
- Hafner, James
- Halpern, Joel Martin