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Visual Browse

An alternate way to explore and discover library materials in the Five College Library Catalog

Visual Browse


What is Visual Browse?

Visual Browse offers an alternate way to explore and discover library materials in the Five College Library Catalog. It pulls in content from outside services including book previews and reviews, descriptions, author bios, movie trailers, and more. Like the traditional catalog, you can search across all five colleges or limit your search to one institution. For academic research, you are encouraged to use the Five College Library Catalog, Discover, UMA WorldCat and other library research tools.

Login with your institutional login for the following additional features

  • Request an item from any of the Five College Libraries
  • Tag items as “My Favorites.”
  • Create a personal Collection that you can make public or keep private.
  • Follow collections created by others.

What will I find in Visual Browse?

  • Selections from the Five College Library Catalog
  • Journal titles and articles are not included. See Discover or UMA WorldCat or other library databases and research guides for journal articles.
  • Featured collections Including New Books, New Movies, Movies by Genre, Television, and more
  • Popular Collections Collections curated by your librarians
  • Shared Collections Collections created by you and other users

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Contact the Libraries’ help desk at or 413-545-0150


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Libraries call for submissions for Undergraduate Research Award

Deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017

FLURA award

The UMass Amherst Libraries invite submissions for the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award.  The deadline is March 24, 2017. Submission guidelines and evaluation criteria are available at:

The ninth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA) recognizes excellence in the use of historical primary sources in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers or projects that represent work completed for a class or independent study in any field within 18 months prior to the application deadline of March 24, 2017, and while enrolled as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst.  The first place recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship and the honorable mention winner receives a $250 scholarship. The winning papers/projects will be posted online at and added to the University Archives.

An historical primary source is a record of an event, occurrence, or time period produced at the time by a participant or observer. Appropriate sources may include the records of individuals (e.g. letters, diaries, essays, speeches) or the archives of organizations (e.g. correspondence, memoranda, minutes, annual reports), and they may include non-textual materials (e.g. artwork, artifacts, maps, music, film, audio recordings, videotape, computer files, photographs, scrapbooks), provided they date from the time period in question.

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the UMass Amherst Libraries reserves the right to extend the deadline or cancel the contest if too few entries are received. The determination of number of entries required to award a winner is at the sole discretion of SCUA and the UMass Amherst Libraries.

The award is sponsored by the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries and Special Collections and University Archives. Prizes are made possible thanks to generous donations from the Friends of the Libraries. A panel of faculty and community experts will judge the anonymous entries.

Winners will be announced by the end of April, 2017. For more information, contact Special Collections at




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Du Bois Fellowships

UMass Amherst Libraries Accepting Applications for the 2017 Du Bois Fellowships

DuBois Fellows

The UMass Amherst Libraries are accepting applications for the 2017 Du Bois Fellowships. Through a generous grant awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Libraries in collaboration with the Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), offer post-doc fellowships to assist scholars in conducting research at SCUA in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Full-time faculty or independent scholars with a PhD are eligible to apply. Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,500 for an eight-week library residency with a housing allowance of $2,500 as well as a research allowance of $600.  The deadline for applications is April 10, 2017. For more information and to apply, visit

Since the arrival of the W.E.B. Du Bois Papers at UMass Amherst in 1973, SCUA has become the steward for a number of collections in which Du Bois is a central figure, including those of his associates James Aronson (acquired 1990), Katherine Bell Banks (2004), Lillian Hyman Katzman (2010), and Catherine A. Latimer (2015), as well as the papers of scholars who studied Du Bois, including William Strickland (2014) and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis (2014). There are, as well, several collections in which Du Bois appears as a direct influence, including the papers of the educator Horace Mann Bond (1979) and the records of the African America Institute, an organization that for over 60 years has promoted educational and economic ties between African nations and the United States. Of these, Du Bois, Aronson, Banks, Katzman, and Bond are all fully digitized and available online free of charge. Among the approximately 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts held by SCUA are many valuable collections for the study of social change in the United States, including the papers of the most important exponent of the politics and culture of the twentieth century, W.E.B. Du Bois.

Fellows may come from any field and any perspective, and they may work on any topic, but their research should explore the major themes that characterize Du Bois’s scholarship and activism. This includes the history and meaning of racial, social, and economic justice; the problems of democracy and political inclusion; the role of capitalism in world affairs; and the global influence of African cultures. Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to SCUA’s collections are available online at

Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants interested in conducting original research using the Du Bois Papers and other SCUA collections. In addition to the two-month residency, Du Bois Fellows will be invited back to campus to give a public talk to the Five College community, comprised of UMass Amherst faculty, graduate student fellows, and community college faculty in the humanities and social sciences. The criteria for selection will include the potential of the proposal to contribute to scholarship; the need for the use of SCUA’s collections; and a letter of support. The application will consist of a brief (up to three pages) description of the research project, curriculum vitae, and the letter of support. To apply, visit

For more information, contact Danielle Kovacs, Curator of Collections, at, or (413) 545-2784.

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The UMass Amherst Libraries Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

As a gateway to knowledge, the Libraries are a key partner in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst. Supporting freedom of inquiry, the Libraries foster a diverse and inclusive environment in which to engage with ideas and acquire the critical skills necessary for life-long learning. By combining the latest information technology with excellent public service, the staff guides and maintains a rich information environment, facilitates access to it, and creates a hub of campus and community scholarly activity.

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The New England Yearly Meeting Records Donated to UMass Amherst Libraries


The UMass Amherst Libraries are pleased to announce the recent gift of the New England Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends (NEYM) Records. The Libraries’ department of Special Collections and University Archives will partner with the Archives Committee of the NEYM in on-going documentation of the meeting and its constituent bodies, preserving the Meeting’s distinguished past as well as its present and future activities.

Quakers, also known as Friends, have a long and dynamic history in New England. When they first arrived in the region in the1650s, Quakers presented both a radical alternative and a significant challenge to Puritan orthodoxy. As a relatively small but distinctive community, Quakers have espoused an egalitarian ethos rooted in the Quaker concept of inward light, which has led Friends into passionate advocacy for the abolition of slavery, gender and racial equality, and opposition to all war.

One of approximately two dozen yearly meetings in the United States, the NEYM currently comprises eight quarterly meetings and approximately 85 monthly meetings, which are the basic unit of organization for the Society of Friends. Like other yearly meetings, the NEYM has been diverse in spiritual practice, reflected in a history of separations and reunions. Most famously, New England Friends divided over doctrinal issues in the 1840s into separate meetings known as Gurneyite and Wilburite, and they remained apart for a century before the rifts were healed.

The New England Yearly Meeting Collection contains the official records of the NEYM from its founding in the seventeenth century to the present, along with records of most of its constituent Quarterly, Monthly, and Preparative Meetings, and records of Quaker schools and trusts. As varied as the Quaker practice they document, these records include minutes of meetings for business; committee records; newsletters, financial records; some personal papers; and an assortment of photographs, audiovisual materials, microfilm, and electronic records. Of particular note are the vital statistics recorded by the monthly meetings, including general information on births, deaths, marriages, membership, and obituaries, and specifically-Quaker information on removals (formal letters written as members moved from one meeting to another), denials, testimonies (beliefs and convictions), and sufferings (penalties Quakers suffered for adhering to their faith).

The Collection also includes several thousand Quaker books and pamphlets, including the libraries of Moses and Obadiah Brown and notes from several individual monthly meetings.

The UMass Amherst Libraries will host a public exhibit of the New England Yearly Meeting Records in January, 2017. In the meantime the collection is open to researchers, and digitized selections from the collection are available in Credo.

Photo: Declaration of faith (remonstrance) by three Quakers imprisoned by Massachusetts Bay, August 1, 1657. Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries MS 902

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