The Brotherhood of the Spirit commune, later renamed the Renaissance Community, was one of the largest communes in the eastern United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s. From the time of its founding in Leyden, Mass., in 1968, through its various moves and incarnations, the community has been well documented photographically. One of the principle photographers during the period 1973-1983, Daniel A. Brown, preserved an archive of hundreds of images that he has allowed SCUA to scan and make available to the public.
The following images are organized in roughly chronological order from the early years of the commune’s founder, Michael Metelica, to his death in 2003. They are broken into four main sections, reflecting the major periods of the commune’s history: the Brotherhood of the Spirit (1968-1973), Metelica Aquarian Concept and Renaissance Community (1973-1978), the 2001 Center/Renaissance Community in Gill (1975-1983), and the reunions and gatherings (1992-2002).
- Daniel A. Brown’s History of the Brotherhood of the Spirit and Renaissance Community.
- The Michael Metelica photographic gallery from the Beth Hapgood Papers.
Elaine Dobrowski Boston Polish Community Collection, ca.1935-1995.
Call no.: MS 376
Compiled by Elaine Dobrowski, this collection of photographs, printed materials, and news clippings documents the Polish community in Boston during the 1930s through the 1990s. Includes photographs of the Kosciusko Monument in the Boston Public Gardens, a children’s dance festival, and a Polish Women’s circle outing at Blinstrub’s Village as well as images of parades, receptions, and conventions.
- Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
- Polish Americans--Massachusetts
- Dobrowski, Elaine
Joseph W. Donohue Papers, 1963-2003.
Call no.: FS 110
Theater historian and critic, Joseph W. Donohue, Jr., was appointed Associate Professor of English at UMass Amherst in 1971. An alumnus of Princeton (PhD, 1965), Donohue specialized in British drama and theater, with an emphasis on the period from the Restoration to the present day, with a particular interest in the study of the performed play and its relationship to the audience, community, and society. While at UMass, he taught courses ranging from Shakespeare on Film to The Vitality of British Drama. Donohue remained at UMass until his retirement in May 2005.
The papers reflect Donohue’s professional life from his time at Princeton through his years as a Professor of English at UMass. Among the papers are course notes, teaching materials, and a myriad of materials relating to the history of British theater.
- Theater--History--Great Britain
- University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of English
- Donohue, Joseph W., 1935-
Double Edge Theatre Records, 1970-2002.
Call no.: MS 455
Since its founding, Double Edge Theatre has embraced a two-fold mission: to develop and promote the highest quality of original theatre performance, and to create a permanent center of performance, practice, training research, and cultural exchange.
The collection documents the Theatre’s focus on research, international collaboration, and the elevation of artistic performance above and beyond stage work into the realm of cultural exchange.
- Experimental theater
- Theater and society
- Theatrical companies--Massachusetts
- Arnoult, Philip
- Double Edge Theatre
- Durand, Carroll
- Klein, Stacy
- Odin teatret
- Staniewski, Wlodzimierz
- Stowarzyszenie Teatralne "Gardzienice"
Types of material
- Horace D. Ballard Jr. (Public Humanities, History of Art, and American Studies, Brown University)
- “Ethics and Aesthetics: Citizenship and Form”
- Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell (Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)
- “W.E.B. Du Bois’s Literary Interventions on Black Criminality”
- Daniel Chard (History, UMass Amherst)
- Exploring the history of ’60s-’70s radical groups allows Chard to investigate the origins of the first police institutions in the U.S. dedicated to domestic “counter-terrorism”
- J. Anthony Guillory (Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)
- “The Physical Uplift of Race”
- Desmond Jagmohan (Government, Cornell)
- “Creating Community, Cultivating Citizens, and Interrogating Jim Crow: The Political Thought of Booker T. Washington”
- Markeysha Davis (Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)
- “Daring propaganda for the beauty of the Human Mind’:
Redefinition and Reaffirmation of the New Black Self in Poetry and Drama of the 1960s and 1970s”
- Ricky Fayne (English, Northwestern)
- “‘The Shadow of a Mighty Negro Past’: Du Bois and the Re-memory of Africa in to the Black America”
Bill Duesing Politics of Food Collection, 1997-1998.
Call no.: MS 760
A pioneer in organic agriculture in New England, Bill Duesing has been as an environmental educator, writer, artist, and lecturer over for four decades. After graduating from Yale University (1964), Duesing worked as a Cooperative Extension agent before turning to organic principles in the early 1970s. Emphasizing sustainability and greater local food sufficiency, he has been instrumental in developing organic standards for gardening and land care and he has served as both founding president and later executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association Connecticut and president of the NOFA Interstate Council. During the 1990s, Duesing produced two radio shows, “Living on the Earth” (WSHU) and “The Politics of Food” (WPKN), and he is author of Living on the Earth: Eclectic Essays for a Sustainable and Joyful Future (1993).
The Duesing collection consists of fourteen recordings of The Politics of Food radio program, which was broadcast monthly over WPKN (89.5 FM) in Bridgeport in 1997-1998. Each half hour segment included news, a fifteen minute interview, recipes, and tips, with interviewees including Mel Bristol, Jac Smit, Vincent Kay, John Wargo, Hugh Joseph, Joseph Kiefer, Julie Rawson, Michael Sligh, Kathy Lawrence, Lee Warren, and Elizabeth Henderson.
- Cookery, Health aspects
- Natural foods--Certification
- Organic farming
- Organic farming--Law and legislation
- Politics of food
- Sustainable agriculture
- Henderson, Elizabeth, 1943-
- Rawson, Julie
Types of material
To promote scholarship at UMass Amherst and encourage original research in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, the W.E.B. Du Bois Libraries sponsor two annual awards open to the University’s undergraduate and graduate student community.
- Du Bois Research Fellowships
- to support one month in residence for research in the tradition of W.E.B. Du Bois
- Ethir Fellowships in Digital Humanities
- to support UMass Amherst graduate students in digital humanities projects using SCUA collections
- Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA)
- provides a scholarship for excellence in research and writing in the Humanities.
William F. Field Papers, 1948-1986.
Call no.: RG 30/2 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
Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies Records, 1982-1989.
Call no.: MS 264
Established in 1983 by a group of faculty and administrators in the Five College community who perceived an urgent need for increased faculty dialogue about issues involving peace, security, and the nuclear arms race. Expanded in 1984 with the support of a grant from the Ford Foundation, PAWSS continued as a multidisciplinary program that sought to engage faculty in a consideration of various perspectives on world security and to assist them with curriculum development involving these issues.
This small collection includes circular letters and flyers produced by PAWSS describing the group’s activities as well as materials used by faculty during summer institutes and to develop curriculum.
- Nuclear disarmament--History--Sources
- Peace movements--Massachusetts
- Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (Mass.)
Sylvia Forman Collection of Local Issues Student Papers, 1983-1987.
Call no.: MS 341
Student papers covering topics such as the availability of child care lower income parents in Amherst, Cambodian refugees and their sponsors, teenage pregnancy in Holyoke, and perspectives on community living.