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Welcome to YouMass, a wiki designed to explore the people, history, and culture of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. When the University was founded as the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1863, one of two colleges in the Commonwealth founded under the Morrill Land Grant, a handful of faculty members and students cleared brush, tilled fields, and planted trees to lay out a campus of nearly 1,450 acres. Today, UMass Amherst has a community of over 20,000 undergraduates and nearly 6,000 graduate students working with nearly 1,200 full time faculty.

Intended as a comprehensive online encyclopedia of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, YouMass documents the lives and activities of the campus community, its departments, programs, faculty, staff, and students. At its heart, YouMass is a collaboration between the Du Bois Library's Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and the campus community, and we encourage members of the community to help us tell your stories, document your organizations, and share information about who you are and what you do.

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The Morrill Land Grant Acts of 1862 and 1890 were significant points in the history of public higher education in the United States. The first act provided for land which states could sell to raise funds for colleges in the agricultural and mechanical arts. The second act provided direct financial support to colleges. In Massachusetts, funds from the sale of Morril lands provided the necessary resources for the founding of the Massachusetts Agricultural College.

Taking part in YouMass

Any member of the UMass community is welcome to contribute to YouMass. Since the site employs wiki technology, it can easily be updated by anyone who registers for an account. Once registered, participants are invited to edit a topic that already exists or create a new page for a topic that does not yet exist. Before getting started, we ask that new contributors review our guidelines for using the site.

As YouMass grows, we remind visitors to the site that information found here is supplied by its users. Because the information is generated by many individuals, SCUA cannot guarantee that all of the content is accurate. We will do our best, however, to verify the accuracy of new content as it is added. If you have a question about the site or would like to report a problem, please contact the SCUA archivists.

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