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Locus Solus: Place, Meaning, and Community in the Life of Brother David Steindl-Rast

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“Locus Solus: Place, Meaning, and Community in the life of Brother David Steindl-Rast,” showcases items curated from Steindl-Rast’s recent donation of correspondence, photographs, writings, audio/visual recordings, art, and publications. The exhibit is on display through January 31, 2018 on the Lower Level and Floor 25 of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst.

The Brother David Steindl-Rast Papers join a number of other recent high-profile donations to the Social Change Archive in Special Collections, including the records of the New England Yearly Meeting (of Quakers), the Peter Simon Collection and the Bernard Jaffe Papers.

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¡Hola Cuba!: Travel Photography by Carol Pike

Exhibit Cuba

The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibition of photos, “¡Hola Cuba!: Travel Photography by Carol Pike,” from September 5 through December 15, 2017, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL), at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A reception will be held on Friday, September 22, from 2-4 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Retired teachers Carol Pike and Martha Tenney traveled to central Cuba in May 2016 with a “people-to-people” tour group through the Grand Circle Foundation. The photographs in the exhibit document their journey from Camagüey to Havana. Along the way, they met people from all walks of life, learning about their culture, history and everyday concerns.

 “My hope is that the photographs I selected for this exhibit provide an introduction to the warm and resourceful Cuban people, a look at their colorful and vibrant culture,” said Pike.

Pike’s interest in photography began in 2003 when she bought her first digital camera. After taking several photography classes, she started submitting her work to the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Valley Views column as well as group exhibits at the Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton, Mass. and Green Trees Gallery in Northfield, Mass. Pike has also created four solo exhibits at the Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield; her most recent, A Portrait of Cuba, was the basis for her current exhibit at UMass. Initially interested in capturing nature, her focus has shifted to photographing her travels. In addition to Cuba, she has recently traveled to Turkey, and the Netherlands. This fall, she and Tenney plan to visit Tanzania.

Pike, a retired math educator, is a resident of Northfield, Mass.

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All That Dwell in the Light: 350 Years of Quakers in New England

Closing August 18, 2017

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The UMass Amherst Libraries exhibit “All That Dwell in the Light: 350 Years of Quakers in New England,” closes August 18, 2017, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), on Floor 25.

The exhibit examines the history of Quakers and Quakerism in New England drawing upon the extraordinary records of the New England Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends (NEYM).

Containing nearly 400 linear feet of archival records and thousands of books and pamphlets, the Collection was donated to SCUA in 2016. Quakers, also known as Friends, have a long and dynamic history in New England. When they first arrived in the region in the1650s, they presented both a radical alternative and a significant challenge to Puritan orthodoxy, espousing an egalitarian ethos rooted in the Quaker concept of inward light. Over the centuries, this egalitarian vision 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. As in other yearly meetings, a diversity of spiritual practice in the NEYM has resulted in a history of separations and reunions. Most famously, New England Friends divided over doctrinal issues in the 1840s into separate Gurneyite and Wilburite meetings, and these remained separate 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. In addition, there is 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 collection is open to researchers and digitized selections from the collection are available at in SCUA’s online repository,


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Color Woodblock Prints: an Exhibition by Linda Mahoney '79

Through April 28, 2017

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SAVE THE DATE!  Informal Viewing of Color Woodblock Prints on Thursday April 27th 1-3 p.m. The Science & Engineering Library invites you to come view this exhibit before it ends. Light refreshments will be served. 

The UMass Amherst Libraries host Color Woodblock Prints, an Exhibition by Linda Mahoney ’79, from January 23 through April 28, 2017, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL), Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Linda Mahoney has been a painter for over 30 years. She lives in Northfield, Massachusetts, and was an art teacher at Stoneleigh-Burnham School for Girls in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from 1987 to 2016. In 2007, she took a workshop in Moku Hanga—Japanese watercolor woodblock printmaking—and fell in love with all parts of the process. It has become her primary medium.

Mahoney graduated from UMass Amherst in 1979 with a B.F.A. in Painting and a minor in Art History. Her artworks have been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally through the Art in Embassies Program which promotes the cultural identity of America’s art and artists by borrowing original works of art by U.S. citizens for display in approximately 180 U.S. embassy residences worldwide. 

In the last five years she has been exhibiting her color woodblock prints in outdoor art shows throughout New England, and has received several awards for her prints. In June of 2016, she was the “Artist in Residence” at Acadia National Park in Maine.

Moku Hanga consists of designing an image, carving several blocks for each print design, experimenting with colors while proof printing, refining the blocks and colors, using brushes to apply water-based paint mixed with rice paste to the paper and then applying pressure with a hand-held baren (a pad of twisted cord covered with paper, cloth, and bamboo leaves) in order to make the final print.

“I paint numerous watercolors en plein air, during the warmer months, returning to favorite places each year. I favor the undisturbed landscape, usually nature preserves, state parks, wildlife sanctuaries, or undeveloped coastal areas,” says Mahoney. “I am particularly drawn to Downeast Maine; the Schoodic Peninsula, Steuben, Addison, and Lubec. Distinctive trees, crashing surf and rocks, bogs, boreal forests, marshes, and active skies are frequently my subjects.”

Mahoney then studies these watercolors and selects the ones that best capture the spirit of place to use as designs for her color woodblock prints.

The exhibition will include a display of her materials and process.

The exhibit can be viewed whenever the Science and Engineering Library is open, please see the Libraries’ website for current hours. To view the artist’s work, visit:

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Through The Photographer’s Eyes The Diana Mara Henry Collection (20th Century Photographer)

Through January 13, 2017

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The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibit “Through The Photographer’s Eyes: The Diana Mara Henry Collection (20th Century Photographer)” through January 13, 2017, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives, on Floor 25, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The work of photojournalist Diana Mara Henry spans four decades of political, social, and cultural change in America. After graduating from Harvard with a B.A. in Government in 1969, Henry worked as a researcher with NBC News and as a general assignment reporter for the Staten Island Advance. In 1971 she began to work as a freelance photographer. 

Among many projects, Henry covered the Democratic conventions of 1972 and 1976 and was selected as official photographer for both the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year and the First National Women’s Conference in 1977. While teaching at the International Center of Photography from 1974-1979, she developed its community workshop program and was a leader in a campaign to save the Alice Austen House. Her body of work ranges widely from the fashion scene in 1970s New York and personal assignments for the family of Malcolm Forbes and other socialites to political demonstrations, cultural events, and photoessays on one-room schoolhouses in Vermont and Ulster Country, NY, and everyday life in Brooklyn, France, Nepal, and Bali.

Henry’s photographs have appeared in government documents, magazines, books such as Newsweek’s Pictures of the Year 1977, and the 1989 Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play The Heidi Chronicles. They have been exhibited in many locations including a one-woman show at the Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY; The Park Avenue Armory, NYC; and The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Richmond, VA. In addition to the UMass Amherst Libraries, Henry’s photographs are in the collection of the National Archives.

The exhibit draws upon photographs and documents in the Diana Mara Henry Collection (20th Century Photographer) in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and features photographs taken by Henry along with a rich array of related materials—speeches, press releases, brochures, and her personal notes—collected over the years, which document the political and cultural scene of the second half of the twentieth century. Items on display cover a wide range of topics from the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, The Women’s Pentagon Action, the McGovern campaign, the New York State Women’s Meeting and First National Women’s Conference to Permaculture, New York politics, and New York society.

An overview of her collection is available on the SCUA website and more than 2,000 of Henry’s images are available in Credo, an online repository containing the digital collections held by SCUA.

For more information, please contact Danielle Kovacs,, 413-545-2784.

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Growing Season

Women in Agriculture and Food Production

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The UMass Amherst Libraries host “Growing Season: Women in Agriculture and Food Production,” through August 15, 2016, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives, on Floor 25, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

On the Lower Level, “Growing Season” focuses on the growth and encouragement of women in agriculture and food production at Massachusetts Agricultural College (MAC or “Mass Aggie,” the precursor to UMass Amherst) from the 1910s through the 1930s. With growing local food supply issues from 1900-1920 due to WWI and population movement from farms to cities, MAC started special and short course programs that engaged women in practical agriculture, like gardening, fruit growing, dairying and also rural social services and home economics. The growing Extension Service program reached out to rural and farm community members with instructional workshops and pamphlets.

On display in Special Collections and University Archives, floor 25, are collections that reflect women and food production, including cookbooks focused on preservation and canning; Helen Hunerwadel who taught and advised on agricultural in Burma and Iran in the 1940s and 1950s; and Elizabeth Henderson, an organic farming pioneer and founding member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.

The exhibit draws upon the archival collections in Special Collections and University Archives and includes photos, articles, and other artifacts.

For more information, contact Kirstin Kay at, 413-545-6843.

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Alicia Hunsicker '93

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Amherst, Massachusetts - The UMass Amherst Libraries host SYNERGY, an exhibition of paintings and prints by Alicia Hunsicker ’93, from February 5, 2016, through June 2, 2016, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In SYNERGY, Hunsicker investigates the powerful combination of art and science to produce works greater than the sum of their parts. With science as a point of departure, Hunsicker paints vibrant swirling organisms that reveal a cosmic discussion about the nature of all things. Rather than depict microscopic particles or cosmic bodies with pure scientific objectivity, her images are infused with a life force of joyful exuberance.

Hunsicker graduated from UMass Amherst in 1993 with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree, Printmaking and Graphic Design concentration. She works from her home studio in Leyden, Massachusetts. Deeply connected to nature and interested in human consciousness, she is inspired by both science and spirituality.

“In October 2012, after attending an artist residency in Austria, I traveled to Switzerland and spent time at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where physicists and engineers probe the fundamental structure of the universe.” says Hunsicker. “I toured the facility and met with physicists. The research I did resulted in a series of paintings that included particle collision imagery. Before my trip I was able to meet with UMass Physics Associate Professor Benjamin Brau who kindly gave me a crash course in Physics 101, which I thoroughly enjoyed as it gave me a great foundation for my research.”

Hunsicker has shown locally, nationally and internationally, and has been awarded numerous awards and grants, including four from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2003, 2004, 2013 and 2014, and several residencies, including the D. Fleiss & East West International Artists Residency in Mallnitz, Austria in 2012. Her work is on display in private collections and galleries throughout the world, including the Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China and Hotel Karntnerhof (Art House), Malnitz, Austria.

To see more of this artist’s work go to:

Members of the public, students, faculty, and staff are invited to an Artist's Reception which will be held in SEL on Thursday April 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Science & Engineering Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is located in the Lederle Graduate Research Center, Low Rise, 2nd floor, 740 N. Pleasant Street.

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A Genius for Place

American Landscapes of the Country Place Era

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The UMass Amherst Libraries host A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era, a panel exhibition from the Library of American Landscape History, through Saturday, May 10, 2014, on the Lower Level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst. An opening reception on Wednesday, March 5, at 4:30 p.m., includes remarks by Robin Karson, author and curator, and Carol Betsch, photographer. The event is free and open to the public.

Beginning in the late nineteenth century, new fortunes in the United States made it possible for many city dwellers to commission country estates. Rising cultural aspirations, a widespread belief in the salutary benefits of country life, the availability of beautiful land, and growing numbers of landscape practitioners set the stage for thousands of such places.

From the 1890s to the waning years of the Great Depression, legions of American estates were constructed on the outskirts of cities, in resorts, and in scenic locales throughout the nation. Taken together, they comprise an important movement in the history of North American landscape design. Seven examples are the subject of this photographic exhibition: Gwinn, Cleveland, Ohio; Stan Hywet, Akron, Ohio; Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.; Winterthur, Winterthur, Del.; Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.; Val Verde, Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Naumkeag, Stockbridge, Mass.

About the Exhibition

A Genius for Place was a collaboration between Robin Karson, a landscape historian, and Carol Betsch, a landscape photographer. Karson studied hundreds of historical landscapes and selected seven to represent the chronological development of an important movement in American landscape design. Over the course of five years, she and Betsch selected views that would reveal and illuminate the designers’ intentions and express the spirit of each place. Betsch created the photographs with a 4 x 5 wood field camera.

Both the book and exhibition trace the development of American landscape design by analyzing a group of landscapes that were chosen for their significance, state of preservation, and chronological and geographical distribution. Most are open to the public today. Karson argues that the spirit of the place--the genius loci--continued to guide these twentieth-century practitioners, even as they began experimenting with other influences, from the Beaux Arts to modernism. The award-winning book has drawn wide praise. The London Telegraph identified it as the “most important book on American gardens for at least a decade.” An exhibition of original photographs specially commissioned for the book toured nationally from 2000 to 2012.

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In conjunction with the touring show, the Library of American Landscape History (LALH) and the University of Massachusetts Press have published a paperback edition of A Genius for Place, priced at $29.95. Copies of the new paperback edition of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the reception.

Robin Karson’s published works include Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect; The Muses of Gwinn, Pioneers of American Landscape Design (co-editor), A Genius for Place, and more than one hundred articles about American landscape design. She is the founding director of LALH, based in Amherst, Mass.

Carol Betsch (b. 1948) has been a landscape photographer for more than thirty-five years. Her photographs appear in The Winterthur Garden; The Muses of Gwinn; The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman; A Modern Arcadia, and many other books and articles about American landscape design. She is the managing editor of the University of Massachusetts Press.

Founded in 1992, LALH is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to foster understanding of the fine art of landscape architecture and appreciation for North America’s richly varied landscape heritage through LALH books, exhibitions, and online resources.

Photo: Winterthur by Carol Betsch

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"Emergence: UMass A Century On"


The UMass Amherst Libraries host the third in a series of three exhibits to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the University of Massachusetts, “Emergence: UMass A Century On,” through January 6, 2014, on the Lower Level and Floor 25 of Du Bois Library.

“Emergence” centers on the post-World War II expansion of UMass Amherst and its emergence as a fully-fledged research university. From the Freedom Bill of the 1950s through the years of rapid expansion to the present day, the exhibit examines the remarkable transformations of our campus and academic programs, the changes in the student body, the turbulent years of the 1960s through 1980s, the remarkable outpouring of creativity in the face of economic challenges, and the ongoing relevance of the university’s mission as a land grant institution.

The exhibit draws upon the archival collections in Special Collections and University Archives and includes photos, articles, and other artifacts of the period.

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Metamorphosis: Transformation from Agriculture College to University


The UMass Amherst Libraries will host an exhibit, “Metamorphosis: Transformation from Agriculture College to University,” from May 20, 2013 through September 27, 2013, on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives, on Floor 25, in W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst. “Metamorphosis” is the second of three exhibits celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of University of Massachusetts Amherst. This exhibit picks up where the first exhibit “Pioneers” leaves off – focusing on the period just before World War I through post-World War II, during a time of incredible transition for the University as it adapted to the quickly changing twentieth century.

By examining and highlighting specific departments, organizations, and activities on campus, this exhibit is a prism for looking at the adaptations and transformations from the early twentieth century through the brief change to Mass State College and then the transition to a full university. “Metamorphosis” explores the expansion of the departments, including Entomology (the first department to grant a graduate degree); the experiences of the college community during the World Wars, the increasing number of women on campus; and the development of student clubs and traditions such as the Roister Doister Drama Club and Winter Carnival.

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

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