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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

Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage

Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage Records, 1998-1999.
8 boxes (12 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 758

Landing at Havana, Cuba, Nov. 24, 1998
Landing at Havana, Cuba, Nov. 24, 1998

Organized at the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett, Mass., the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage was a twelve-month walk through the eastern United States, the Caribbean, Brazil, West Africa, and South Africa in 1998-1999, reversing the direction of the Middle Passage symbolically and geographically. A “living prayer of the heart, mind, and body for the sons and daughters of the African Diaspora,” the Pilgrimage was intended by the participants to contribute to a process of healing the wounds inflicted by hundreds of years of slavery and racial oppression. Along the way, participants visited sites associated with the history of slavery, from slaves quarters in Virginia to stations on the Underground Railroad and villages that had been raided in Africa, offering prayers for those who had suffered under slavery and commemorating the dignity of those held in bondage and those who resisted.

Chronicling the course of the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage from conception to conclusion, this collection contains a rich textual and visual record of a spiritual approach to addressing the legacy of slavery in the Americas. The collection includes the range of materials collected by participants during the Pilgrimage, including lists of reading materials, information on the sites visited, a handful of mementoes and souvenirs, some correspondence, and notes and photographs taken along the way.

Subjects
  • Pilgrims and pilgrimages
  • Slavery--History
Types of material
  • Photographs

Tillis, Frederick, 1930-

Frederick Tillis Papers, 1970-2010.
Call no.: FS 156

Fred Tillis, Nov. 23, 1977
Fred Tillis, Nov. 23, 1977

A composer, performer, poet, educator, and arts administrator, Fred Tillis was one of the major influences on the cultural life at UMass Amherst for forty years. Born in Galveston, Texas, in 1930, Tillis began playing jazz trumpet and saxophone even before his teens. A product of segregated schools, he graduated from Wiley College at the age of 19, and received his MA and PhD in music at the University of Iowa. As a performer and composer of unusual breadth, his work spans both the jazz and European traditions, and he has written for piano and voice, orchestra, choral pieces, chamber music, and in the African American spiritual tradition, drawing upon a wide range of cultural references. After teaching at Wiley, Grambling, and Kentucky State in the 1960s, Tillis was recruited to UMass in 1970 by his former adviser at Iowa, Philip Bezanson, to teach music composition and theory. Earning promotion to Professor in 1973, Tillis was appointed Director of the Fine Arts Center in 1978, helping to jump start some of the most successful arts initiatives the university has seen, including the the Afro American Music and Jazz program, the New World Theater, Augusta Savage Gallery, Asian Arts and Culture Program, and Jazz in July. Upon retirement from UMass in 1997, he was appointed Emeritus Director of the Fine Arts and remains active as a musician and poet.

The Tillis papers document an extraordinary career in the arts, focused on Fred Tillis’s work as a composer. Consisting primarily of musical scores along with an assortment of professional correspondence relating to his publishing and miscellaneous notes, the collection offers insight into the evolution of Tillis’s musical vision from the 1970s into the new millennium.

Subjects
  • African American composers
  • African American musicians
  • Fine Arts Center (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Jazz
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Music and Dance
Contributors
  • Tillis, Frederick, 1930-
Types of material
  • Scores

2001 Center/Renaissance Community (part 2)

Marilyn Dowling and friends. Gill, 1982. (Ref. no. car111)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Community Schoolgirls. Swan Keyes, unidentified, Dixie Sellers, Lorelei Jaquay, Elka Holland. Gill, 1981. (Ref. no. car112)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Community Food Coop with Cheryl Senior. Gill, June, 1979. (Ref. no. car113)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Mobile Feast food concession at Getting to the Same Place spiritual festival. Chi-Chi Tolda, Deborah Stone, Donna Oehmig, Steve Wolfson in foreground. New Hampshire, May 1979. (Ref. no. car114)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Silver Screen Design t-shirt concession. Chris Garland and Donna Jagareski. Camelot Festival, 1976. (Ref. no. car115)
Renaissance Rockets baseball team. Back row; Jim Sullivan, Mitch Sieser, David Senior, Randy Kleinrock, Phil Dowling, Kenny Johnson. Bottom row; Jimmy Skiathitis, Marvin Moss, Gary Cohen, Steve Miller, Steve Greenwald, Mark Alvin. Turners Falls, 1979. (Ref. no. car116)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
ICRY [Inner-City Roundtable of Youth] visit. Members flanked by May Ristich and Michael Rapunzel. Gill, 1980. (Ref. no. car117)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Laurie Cabot, “The Witch of Salem” at the Noble Feast with Robin Paris and May Ristich. Turners Falls, February, 1978. (Ref. no. car118)
Peter Caddy, founder of the Findhorn Community with Michael Rapunzel. Old Stone Lodge, Gill, 1979. (Ref. no. car119)
Peter Caddy giving lecture at the Theater. Turners Falls, 1978 (Ref. no. car120)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Community morning breakfast at the Noble Feast. David and Donna Jagareski, Mitch Sieser, Guy Pollard, unidentified men at right. Turners Falls, 1977. (Ref. no. car121)
Community dinner at the Noble Feast. John Charmella, Richard “Brau” Safft, Irene, Eleanor, and Alan Berwick. Turners Falls, 1979. (Ref. no. car122)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Community visit to the “Abode of the Message” center at a time of increased networking between local spiritual communities. Upstate New York, 1989. (Ref. no. car123)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Morning meditation at the 2001 Center. Gill, 1981. (Ref. no. car124)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Renaissance Greeting Card. Marilyn Dowling and Melvin Weiner. 1978. (Ref. no. car125)
Country Western outfits popular with Michael’s entourage. Guy Pollard, Doug Edson, Michael Rapunzel, unidentified. Gill, 1979. (Ref. no. car126)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Renaissance Community group shot. The Barn. Gill, 1981. (Ref. no. car127)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Saturday Work Day project. Gill, 1983. (Ref. no. car128)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Planting seeds in Community garden. John Charmella, Robin Paris. Gill, 1980. (Ref. no. car129)
Photo by: Daniel Brown

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-

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 4)

Photo of Michael Metelica taken by the Greenfield Recorder newspaper. Heath, 1969. Ref. no. bin26)
Winter scene with Michael Metelica wearing jacket with cross and inscription, “God’s law not Man’s law”. Charlemont, Mass. 1969. (Ref. no. bin27)
Commune Members with VW. Eddie Evans, unidentified, Doug Edson, Tom Howes, Leah Artus on car, Dale Sluter, unidentified on car, Michael Metelica, Dan Pritchett. Heath, 1969. (Ref. no. bin28)
Spirit in Flesh giving concert to Brotherhood members. Warwick, March 1971. (Ref. no. bin29)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Wedding of Sandra and Tom Howes. Warwick, 1970. (Ref. no. bin30)
(Ref. no. bin31)
Wedding of Chris and Wendy Garland. Heidi Bushell on right. Charlemont, 1969. (Ref. no. bin32)
“Core Group” Top; Randy Kleinrock, Robin Kleinrock, Annie Messman, Dale Sluter, Jim Baker, Alan Harris, Richard Keyes, May Ristich, Irene White. Middle; Ronnie Tropper, Chris Garland, Hugh Fitzpatrick, Steve Heimoff (above), Steve Barry, John Haber, Laurel Sluter, John Pollard. Bottom, Lois Sellers, Mike McCarty, Doug Edson, Dan Flynn, Melvin Weiner. Northfield, Mass. 1972. (Ref. no. bin33)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Treehouse. Leyden, 1968. (Ref. no. bin34)
(Ref. no. bin35)
McCue II, pool hall and hangout. First public Brotherhood business. Ellen Schall, Brian McCue. Bruce Geisler and Maynard (?). Greenfield, Mass. 1970-71. (Ref. no. bin36)
Michael on the treehouse. Leyden, 1968. (Ref. no. bin37)
Michael Metelica. Leyden, 1965. (Ref. no. bin38)
Michael Metelica and Eva Hapgood. Leyden, 1965. (Ref. no. bin39)
Chris Garland, Michael Metelica, Doug Edson with Beth Hapgood. 1969. (Ref. no. bin40)
Ronnie Sellers, Warwick, 1970. (Ref. no. bin41)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Painted design by Donna “Duck” Jagareski in Warwick Healing Room. 1970. (Ref. no. bin42)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Brotherhood members at Greenfield Swimming Pool, 1972. (Ref. no. bin43)
Free Spirit Press bus crew. Unidentified, Donna Oehmig, Charlie Ribokas, Jenny Brown Bill Grabin, unidentified, Mike Scanlon, Jim Baker. Warwick, 1972. (Ref. no. bin44)
Wedding at the Brotherhood with Jim Sullivan in center. Warwick, 1970. (Ref. no. bin45)
Football game with locals at Northfield Elementary School. Marlene Schneider, Afan Cresup, May Ristich, Heidi Bushell, unidentified, Alan Harris, Kathy Weintraub, Ellen Schall. Northfield, 1971. (Ref. no. bin46)
Informal group meeting. Visible to camera; Betty Hottel, Robin Paris, Michael Metelica, Wendy Garland, Old Northfield house, 1971. (Ref. no. bin47)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Wedding of Sandra and Tom Howes. Warwick, 1970. (Ref. no. bin48)
John Charmella and Donna Braden. Warwick, summer 1970. (Ref. no. bin49)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Dale Sluter, 1972. (Ref. no. bin50)
Photo by: Gary Cohen

Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)

Civilian Conservation Corps in Massachusetts Photograph Collection, ca.1930-1939.
1 box (0.5 linear feet).
Call no.: PH 015

Relief program established for unemployed men by President Franklin D. Roosevelt whose main work in Massachusetts through the 1930s and early 1940s was tree planting, fire fighting, insect control, and tree and plant disease control. Contains photographs arranged alphabetically by forest name that depict road building, tree planting, and other developments in the state forests. Includes some images of workers.

Subjects
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)--Massachusetts--History
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)--Photographs
  • Forest roads--Massachusetts--Design and construction--Photographs
  • Forests and forestry--Massachusetts--Photographs
  • New Deal, 1933-1939--Massachusetts--History
  • Tree planting--Massachusetts--Photographs
Contributors
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)
Types of material
  • Photographs

Clark, Clarence Carroll

Clarence Carroll Clark Papers, 1909-1981.
2 boxes (1 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 393

Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1911, Dr. Clark accepted the position of director of the Chapel of the Comforter in Greenwich Village, New York, a mission that abandoned its traditional Christian practices in favor of the teachings of theosophy. A prolific writer and lecturer, Clark stressed in his work the similarities between Eastern and Western religions, and emphasized his belief that unity among religions would bring about a spiritual re-awakening throughout the world. After serving as director of the Chapel of the Comforter for more than forty years, Clark retired in 1950.

Clark’s papers document his career as a professor of English, Episcopal priest, theosophist, and Director of the Chapel of the Comforter. Consisting of correspondence, lecture notes, and his writings, the collection chronicles his religious beliefs as well as his research on Emily Dickinson and her poetry.

Subjects
  • Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886
  • Religion--United States
  • Theosophy
Contributors
  • Clark, Clarence Carroll
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