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Fall Reception

DATE: 9/18/13
CONTACT: Carol Connare, 413-545-0995,

Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries Hosts


"Ghosts of Campus Past"
Robert S. Cox
“William Smith Clark: Civil War Colonel to College President”
Patrick T.J. Browne ’94, G’96

Amherst, Massachusetts - The Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries will host the 15th Annual Fall Reception on Sunday, October 6, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library on the Lower Level, at UMass Amherst.  Robert S. Cox will give a talk, “Ghosts of Campus Past” and Patrick T.J. Browne ’94, G’96 will give a talk, “William Smith Clark: Civil War Colonel to College President.” The reception begins at 2:00 p.m. and the program starts at 2:30 p.m. The event is in honor of the Sesquicentennial and the 40th anniversary of the Du Bois Library. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are appreciated by October 1. To RSVP, call (413) 545-3974 or email

Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Robert S. Cox, will focus his talk on the “boom years” of the campus. Cox curated the Library’s third exhibit this year in honor of the campus’s Sesquicentennial, “Emergence: UMass Becomes UMass,” centering on the post-World War II expansion of UMass and its emergence as a full-fledged research university. The exhibit will be on display during the event.

This time period is also the focus of the new history book, UMass Rising, by Katherine Greider (UMass Press 2013). In addition, Cox will discuss the Libraries-wide project to update metadata on more than 10,000 of the campus’s archival images.

Rob Cox is a former paleontologist and molecular biologist who went on to receive a PhD in history from the University of Michigan. As an archivist and historian, he has worked at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan and the American Philosophical Society and he has taught at both UMass Amherst and in the archival program at Simmons College. His books include Massachusetts Cranberry Culture: A History from Bog to Table (2012); A History of Chowder: Four Centuries of a New England Meal (2011); The Shortest and Most Convenient Route: Lewis and Clark in Context (2004) and Body and Soul: A Sympathetic History of American Spiritualism (2003), and he has otherwise published on Quaker “missions” to the Seneca Indians, the history of photography, and the history of sleep. Among other activities, he has consulted at the Alaska Native Language Center, served on several granting committees, kept cattle and cats, and worked with several local historical societies and small libraries to describe, care for, and publicize their holdings.

Patrick T.J. Browne ’94, G’96 is Executive Director of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, MA. His talk, “William Smith Clark: Civil War Colonel to College President,” focuses on a key transition in the life of one of “Mass Aggie’s” founders during which Clark resigned from the army and came home to help shape the new institution in Amherst.

Browne has a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in history, both from UMass Amherst. He has worked as Special Programs Coordinator at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, spent 15 years as Executive Director of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society and has recently taken the helm of Pilgrim Hall Museum as Executive Director. Browne also serves on the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, has published two books on the history of Duxbury, Massachusetts, King Caesar of Duxbury: Exploring the World of Ezra Weston, Shipbuilder and Merchant and Duxbury...Past and Present, and is author of “Cultivation of the Higher Self: William Smith Clark and Agricultural Education.”

As part of the fall reception program, Charles Hadley ’64, G'67, member of the Friends of the Library Board of Trustees, will be honored with the 2013 Siegfried Feller Award for Outstanding Service. This award, established in 1998, is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding volunteer contributions to create awareness and build support for the UMass Amherst Libraries.

UMass Catering will provide refreshments. Copies of UMass Rising and books by Rob Cox and Patrick Brown will be available for sale thanks to the University Store. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the UMass Amherst Libraries.

For more information, visit the fall reception event page.




Last Edited: 15 September 2014