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September 15, 2011 to
January 3, 2012

Lower Level,
W. E B. Du Bois Library

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Saturday's Rivals: Football Memories

From the 'Aggie Eleven of 1879' to the MAC of 2012

Saturday's Rivals: Football Memories on Flickr

Football began on campus in 1878 at what was then known as Massachusetts Agricultural College (M.A.C.). In 1947, the Yankee Conference was formed by the six land grant institutions in New England; University of Connecticut, University of Maine, Massachusetts State College (later UMass Amherst), Rhode Island State College, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Vermont. In 1997 the Yankee Conference was taken over by the Atlantic 10 Football Conference, with UMass Amherst having won more league titles (17) and games (160) than any other conference member.

In the 1990s the Yankee Conference was split in two, placing UMass Amherst in the New England Division. Beginning in 2012 the team will be playing in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

This digital gallery of programs, photos, listings of games and scores for the first several decades of UMass Football, and written histories is a component of the Saturday's Rivals exhibit in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level. The exhibit of posters, programs, brochures, artifacts, and photos of the University football teams in action is available for viewing during all open hours of the library.
(Full hours)

Slideshow        Booklet

Click the above images to view the digital exhibit slideshow (PDF)
or the full "History of Football" booklet (PDF).

A reception was held at the W. E. B. Du Bois Library on Thursday, October 6, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Anne Moore (, 413-545-6888).

Digital exhibit compiled by Abigail Baines and Anne Moore.


Last Edited: 18 October 2011