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Babbitt, Elwood, 1922-

Elwood Babbitt Papers, 1974-2000.
2 boxes (3 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 517

Elwood Babbitt, 1970.  Photo by Gary Cohen
Elwood Babbitt, 1970. Photo by Gary Cohen

Clairvoyant from his youth, Elwood Babbitt developed his psychic abilities at the Edgar Cayce Institute, and by the mid-1960s, was well known in Western Massachusetts through his readings and lectures, often opening his home to other seekers. Charles Hapgood, a professor at Keene State College, worked closely with Babbitt studying the physical effects of the medium’s trance lectures, and by 1967, he began to take on the painstaking process of transcribing and copying them. With communications purporting to come from Jesus, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, and the Hindu god Vishnu, among others, these lectures formed the basis for several books by Hapgood and Babbitt, including Voices of Spirit (1975) and Talks with Christ (1981). Babbitt ultimately established a non-profit, alternative school, the Opie Mountain Citadel, which was essentially run out of Babbitt’s home in Northfield.

The collection consists of proofs of publications, lectures, some correspondence, film reels, and transcripts of spiritual communications for which Babbitt was the medium.

Subjects
  • Channeling (Spiritualism)
  • Hapgood, Charles H
  • Mediums–Massachusetts
Contributors
  • Babbitt, Elwood, 1922-

Manchester, William Raymond, 1922-

William Manchester Papers, 1941-1988.
4 boxes (1.75 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 433

William Manchester was a journalist, educator, and author, best known for his biographies of President John F. Kennedy, Douglas MacArthur and Winston Churchill. This collection consists primarily of letters from Manchester to his mother written during his service with the 29th Marines in World War II. Manchester later described his war-time experiences in a memoir entitled Goodbye, Darkness.

Subjects
  • Massachusetts State College--Students
  • World War, 1939-1945
Contributors
  • Manchester, William Raymond, 1922-
Types of material
  • Letters (Correspondence)

Brotherhood of the Spirit

Brotherhood of the Spirit Documentary, ca.1973.
15.24 minutes
Call no.: Video

Beginning in a treehouse in Leyden, Mass., during the summer of 1968, the Brotherhood of the Spirit (later the Renaissance Community) grew to become the largest commune in the eastern United States. Founded by Michael Metelica and six friends, and infused with the spiritual teachings of Elwood Babbitt, the commune relocated several times during its first half decade, setting down at different points in Heath, Charlemont, Warwick, Turners Falls, and Gill, Mass., as well as Guilford, Vt.

Produced at UMass Amherst, this video (digitized from a 16mm motion picture original) provides a largely laudatory glimpse of commune life during the boom years of the Brotherhood of the Spirit, probably around 1973. Sound quality in the video is highly uneven, often poor, particularly in the first two minutes.

Subjects
  • Brotherhood of the Spirit
  • Communal living--Massachusetts
  • Metelica, Michael
Types of material
  • Motion pictures (Visual works)

Brotherhood of the Spirit

Brotherhood of the Spirit, 1968-1973

Michael Metelica at the treehouse: Leyden, Mass., 1968. (Ref. no. car1)
The treehouse: Blueberry Hill, Leyden, 1968. (Ref. no. car2)
The Treehouse Gang, Leyden 1968: (L – R) top: Dale Sluter, Chris Garland, Doug Edson, Jim Kolokowski, Eddie Evans, Brian Smith on shoulders, Jim Sullivan. Bottom: Wayne Duda, Gene Lewis (Cricket), Tom Howes. (Ref. no. car3)
The Founding Mothers, 1969: Micky Shean (?) and baby, Heidi Bushell, Laurel Artus holding Leah Artus, Wendy Crowell. (Ref. no. car4)
Meditation at Beth Hapgood’ s home at 88 Main St, Northfield, Mass. 1969. (Ref. no. car5)
Elwood Babbitt, 1970. (Ref. no. car6)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Heidi Bushell and Michael Metelica reading Lopsang Rampa, early source of spiritual inspiration. Leyden, 1968. (Ref. no. car7)
Winter scene. Chris Garland, Michael Metelica, unidentified, Dale Sluter, Jim Kolokowski. Heath, 1969. (Ref. no. car8)
Maple sugaring, Charlemont, Mass. 1969. Gene (Cricket) Lewis, Eddie, Michael. (Ref. no. car9)
Maple sugaring, Charlemont, 1969. Various visitors and members. (Ref. no. car10)
Heath, Mass. 1969,. Far left, Nate Tilton and Steve Wolfson. Band is early forerunner to in Flesh. (Ref. no. car11)
Warwick, Mass. Summer of 1970, photo from Greenfield Recorder newspaper in foreground is Susan Meyer and Jeff Lister. (Ref. no. car12)
Warwick group shot, summer 1970. Publication unknown. (Ref. no. car13)
“LOOK” magazine photo. Taken July 1970, published December 1970. (Ref. no. car14)
Spiritual Graffiti, Warwick main house, 1970-71. Such spontaneously inspired writingswere common during the Warwick era. (Ref. no. car15)
Concert at St. James Church, Greenfield, Mass. 1970. Robert Hincks and Michael Metelica. This church was one of the few local ones that was welcoming to the Brotherhood and hosted many events and weddings during this period. (Ref. no. car16)
Members listening to Spirit in Flesh rehearse at Warwick Studio. Note looks of ecstasy on individual faces. Top; Vicki Locatelli, unidentified, Steve Abrahamson, John Pollard, unidentified. Middle; Jacquie Metelica, Mark Alvin, Brian McCue. Bottom; Jackie Odess, Annette Laufe. (Ref. no. car17)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Summer invasion of visitors, sometimes several hundred a day. Summer of 1970, Warwick. Garden between house and future Dorm. (Ref. no. car18)
the “PM Tent”. Warwick, summer 1970. This huge plastic tent housed “Prospective Members” who went through a two-week trial period before begin voted on for membership. The PM tent was also notorious for forbidden (and frequent) amorous activity between members and PM’s. (Ref. no. car19)
Temporary Encampment, Guilford, VT. Summer 1970. Overwhelmed by visitors, long-term members set up a temporary retreat in the wilds of Guilford, near the Johnson’s Pasture commune. (Ref. no. car20)
Wedding at Warwick, July 1970, Michael playing guitar with Donna Braden (R). (Ref. no. car21)
“Commune Gothic” Summer 1970. Heidi Bushell and Mike McCarty. (Ref. no. car22)
The Logging Crew, Winter 1970-71. Carol and Eddie Evans, Mitch Sieser, Greg Fitzgerald, Nate Tilton in back. Crew leader, Geoff, “Gurf” Nuckols in front. (Ref. no. car23)
Warwick Kitchen, 1972. Meg, “Nutmeg” Rich stirring dinner, probably brown rice, squash or mashed potatoes. (Ref. no. car24)
Breakfast in Warwick 1971. Mark Alvin (foreground) shares a moment with Rita Raymond. Deborah Starobin looks on. (Ref. no. car25)

Brotherhood of the Spirit (part 6)

Michael Metelica in Confederate flag outfit, 1973. (Ref. no. bin76)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Metelica at Hampton Beach, NH concert, 1972. (Ref. no. bin77)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Spirit in Flesh in concert at Turners Falls Airport, 1972. (Ref. no. bin78)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Metelica at meeting at Warwick Dorm, 1972. (Ref. no. bin79)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Facing camera is Janice Barry and Ruth Miller, 1972. (Ref. no. bin80)
Meditation on Blueberry Hill, Leyden, 1971. (Ref. no. bin81)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Metelica sitting on Heath house, 1969. (Ref. no. bin82)
“Gill House” actually in Old Northfield, 1972. (Ref. no. bin83)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Early Leyden Commune scene, 1969. (Ref. no. bin84)
Silk-screened Christmas cards at Warwick Dorm. Photo by Ron Tunison. December, 1971. (Ref. no. bin85)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Metelica in concert with Spirit in Flesh, 1972. (Ref. no. bin86)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Wedding between Anne and Jim Baker at the Theater. Turners Falls, 1973. (Ref. no. bin87)
Michael Metelica in early Spirit in Flesh concert photo, 1970. . (Ref. no. bin88)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Donna Jagareski at Warwick, 1970. (Ref. no. bin89)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Spirit in Flesh in concert at Turners Falls Airport, 1972. (Ref. no. bin90)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Attic of Warwick house. Alaina Snipper and Ellen Schall, 1970. (Ref. no. bin91)
Michael Metelica in concert with Spirit in Flesh, 1972. (Ref. no. bin92)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Wedding of Chris and Wendy Garland. Charlemont, 1969. (Ref. no. bin93)
Spirit in Flesh concert at Greenfield High School on Michael’s birthday (July 26). Michael Metelica and Randy Kleinrock bringing the cake, 1972. (Ref. no. bin94)
Melvin Weiner, 1971. (Ref. no. bin95)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Elwood Babbitt, 1970. (Ref. no. bin96)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Mark Forbes, unidentified. Warwick, 1970. (Ref. no. bin97)
Jane Malinski, 1972. (Ref. no. bin98)
Kathy Murphy, backup singer for Spirit in Flesh, 1970. (Ref. no. bin99)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Bill Grabin. (Ref. no. bin100)

Goldberg, Maxwell Henry, 1907-

Maxwell Henry Goldberg Papers, 1888-1986.
60 boxes (33 linear feet).
Call no.: FS 064

Professor of English, adviser to student newspaper (The Collegian) and Jewish student organizations, University of Massachusetts, and founding member, College English Association.

The Goldberg Papers contain correspondence, speeches, published writings, papers written as a graduate student, biographical material, book reviews, subject files, newsclippings, and material from committees and projects with which he was involved, including the College English Association, College English Association Institute, Humanities Center for Liberal Education, and American Humanities Seminar.

Subjects
  • College English Association
  • Humanities Center for Liberal Education
  • Jews--Massachusetts
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of English
Contributors
  • Goldberg, Maxwell Henry, 1907-

Hapgood, Beth

Beth Hapgood Papers, 1789-2005.
67 boxes (35 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 434

Beth Hapgood and members of the Brotherhood, ca.1969
Beth Hapgood and members of the Brotherhood, ca.1969

Daughter of a writer and diplomat, and graduate of Wellesley College, Beth Hapgood has been a spiritual seeker for much of her life. Her interests have led her to become an expert in graphology, a student in the Arcane School, an instructor at Greenfield Community College, and a lecturer on a variety of topics in spiritual growth. Beginning in the mid-1960s, Hapgood befriended Michael Metelica, the central figure in the Brotherhood of the Spirit (the largest commune in the eastern states during the early 1970s) as well as Elwood Babbitt, a trance medium, and remained close to both until their deaths.

The Hapgood Papers contain a wealth of material relating to the Brotherhood of the Spirit and the Renaissance Community, Metelica, Babbitt, and other of Hapgood’s varied interests, as well as 4.25 linear feet of material relating to the Hapgood family.

Subjects
  • Brotherhood of the Spirit
  • Channeling (Spiritualism)
  • Communal living--Massachusetts
  • Graphology
  • Hapgood family--Correspondence
  • Massachusetts--Social life and customs--20th century
  • Mediums--Massachusetts
  • Nineteen sixties--Social aspects
  • Occultism--Social aspects
  • Popular culture--History--20th century
  • Renaissance Community
  • Rock music--1971-1980
  • Warwick (Mass.)--History
Contributors
  • Babbitt, Elwood, 1922-
  • Boyce, Neith, 1872-1951
  • Hapgood, Beth--Correspondence
  • Hapgood, Charles H
  • Hapgood, Elizabeth Reynolds
  • Hapgood, Hutchins, 1869-1944
  • Hapgood, Norman, 1868-1937
  • Metelica, Michael

Hapgood, Charles H.

Charles H. Hapgood Papers, 1955-1996.
6 boxes (2.75 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 445

Charles Hutchins Hapgood (1904-1982) was working toward a doctorate in French history at Harvard when the Great Depression derailed his plans. After a succession of jobs and wartime service, however, Hapgood returned to the academy, teaching history at Springfield College and Keene State for over three decades. He is best remembered as an advocate of several scientifically heterodox ideas, arguing that the earth’s outer crust shifts on geological time scales, displacing continents, and that the earth’s rotational axis has shifted numerous times in geological history. A long time friend and supporter of the medium Elwood Babbitt, he was author of several books, including The Earth’s Shifting Crust (1958), Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings (1966), The Path of the Pole (1970), and Voices of Spirit : Through the Psychic Experience of Elwood Babbitt (1975). Hapgood died in Fitchburg, Mass., on Dec. 21, 1982, after being struck by an automobile.

The Hapgood Papers contain a small grouping of correspondence and writings that offer a glimpse into some of Charles Hapgood’s late-career interests. Although the correspondence is relatively slight, relating primarily to publications in the last two or three years of his life, the collection is a rich resource for the lectures and writings of Elwood Babbitt.

Subjects
  • Channeling (Spiritualism)
  • Mediums--Massachusetts
Contributors
  • Babbitt, Elwood, 1922-
  • Hapgood, Charles H

Metelica Aquarian Concept (part 2)

Cucumber Grocery interior. The Block 1976. Jane Allen, Jack Boschan, Johnny Haber, Kathy Puckett. (Ref. no. car71)
Rocket’s Silver Train tour bus. 1976. (Ref. no. car72)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
The Noble Feast Restaurant. 3rd Street, Turners Falls, July 4, 1976 Bicentennial celebration. (Ref. no. car73)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Noble Feast interior with plaster stalactites and “Environmental Graphics” wallpaper. 1975. (Ref. no. car74)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Zapmia Pizza interior. 3rd Street, Turners Falls. 1975. (Ref. no. car75)
Working on the wards at Belchertown State School, 1975. Nearly 75 Community members worked here from 1973-76 including Melvin Weiner [F] and Alan Harris. (Ref. no. car76)
Construction crew outside Noble Feast. 1975. David Patton, Hugh Fitzpatrick, Chris Garland, David Stackhouse. (Ref. no. car77)
Sunday service in the Theater. 1975. (Ref. no. car78)
Free Christmas dinner open to the public, complete with live music, Santa Claus and presents for the kids. The Theater, 1975-77. (Ref. no. car79)
Free Concert at the Theater. The summer of 1975 saw a Community-sponsored free public event every weekend. (Ref. no. car80)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Free pizza party courtesy Zapmia Pizza’s Patty Smith. Summer of 1975. (Ref. no. car81)
Crowds of young people on the streets of Turners Falls, a rare occurrence before — and after — the Renaissance Community’s Summer of 1975. (Ref. no. car82)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
The Choir, early phase. 1974. (Ref. no. car83)
The Choir playing at the Franklin County House of Correction, Greenfield, 1975. (Ref. no. car84)
The Choir, middle phase, recording in the theater. 1976 (Ref. no. car85)
The Choir in final touring phase playing at Supersession Festival in New Hampshire, July 4th weekend, 1977. (Ref. no. car86)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Renaissance Faire street festival, Turners Falls, September 1975. (Ref. no. car87)
Renaissance Faire street festival, Turners Falls, September 1975. Craft show, (Ref. no. car88)
Renaissance Faire street festival, Turners Falls, September 1975. Living Poem Theater mime group. (Ref. no. car89)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Renaissance Nursery at Northfield House. Summer 1978. Women are Nancy Holland, Betsy Sullivan and Debby Sonn. (Ref. no. car90)
Michael Rapunzel watching Elwood Babbitt at trance lecture, 1975. (Ref. no. car91)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Rapunzel with motorcycle and Joanne Santos, 1976. (Ref. no. car92)
Photo by: Gary Cohen

Metelica Aquarian Concept (part 4)

Noble Feast interior, 1975. (Ref. no. bin206)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Filming, a ubiquitous sight during this era. Rocco Zappia, David Charest, Gary Cohen, 1976. (Ref. no. bin207)
Video with kids at Blassberg Building, 1976. (Ref. no. bin208)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Michael Rapunzel in recording studio with John Charmella, Brad Lindroth, 1975. (Ref. no. bin209)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Rapunzel band gig with David Patton, Rocco Zappia, August, 1976. (Ref. no. bin210)
Mitch Sieser performing in Theater, November, 1976. (Ref. no. bin211)
Rapunzel promotion women. Betty Hottel, Carolyn Bailey, Annie Baker, Julie Howard, 1974. (Ref. no. bin212)
(Ref. no. bin213)
Bill and Monica Grabin, Marilyn Dowling, 1978. (Ref. no. bin214)
Meeting in Theater with “Father”, founder of California-based community, Foundation of Revelation, 1976. (Ref. no. bin215)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
The Choir at dawn photo session in Unity Park, 1975. (Ref. no. bin216)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Renaissance Radio Show production. Ronnie Sellers, Jimmy Skiathitis, 1976. (Ref. no. bin217)
Captain Coconut mobile disco show with Gary Hand. February, 1976. (Ref. no. bin218)
Michael Rapunzel (Ref. no. bin219)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Rapunzel (Ref. no. bin220)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Rapunzel (Ref. no. bin221)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Rapunzel (Ref. no. bin222)
Michael Rapunzel (Ref. no. bin223)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Rapunzel (Ref. no. bin224)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Community folks hanging out in front of Record Rap, 1976. Standing: Richard Safft, Sid Jensen, Daniel Brown, Gordon Adams: Seated: Unidentified, Laura Berg, Earle and Maxine Horton with daughter Kelly, Larry Raffel, Susan Spica with Gabe, David Schonbrunn, Brian McCue with Trevor, Merrill Faille. (Ref. no. bin225)
Michael Metelica (Ref. no. bin226)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Metelica (Ref. no. bin227)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Mobile Feast food concession crew at “Getting to the Same Place” gathering. Kathy Murphy, Debby Stone, Steve Wolfson, Nancy Holland, Judy Baylies. New Hampshire, 1979. (Ref. no. bin228)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Alden Podlenski with Michael Rapunzel. (Ref. no. bin229)
Apple Trees in bloom. 2001 Center, 1983. (Ref. no. bin230)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Elwood Babbitt doing trance lecture with Renaissance children. Wendell, Mass., 1978. (Ref. no. bin231)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
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