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Rodney Hunt Company

Rodney Hunt Company Records, ca.1850-1987 (Bulk: 1862-1943).
316 boxes, 150 vols. (158 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 105

The Rodney Hunt Company Records document the operation of one of the region’s major producers of textile machinery, water wheels, turbines, and other specialty industrial products. Founded in Orange, Massachusetts, in 1840, the company was incorporated in 1873. Still an active concern, it continues to sell its products in international markets.

Due to a fire in 1882, and several floods, relatively few early records of the Rodney Hunt Company survive, but from the time of its incorporation in 1873, documentation improves, with nearly complete coverage from the period 1883–1914. The collection provides an excellent introduction to the history of technology and industry in 19th- and 20th-century Massachusetts. Of particular note is the incoming correspondence from 1876 to 1903, which is nearly complete. Other materials include company histories, correspondence, board minutes, blueprints, installation drawings, sketchbook drawings, patents, payroll ledgers, account books, price lists, sales books, brochures, catalogs, newsletters, subject files and photographs.

Subjects
  • Orange (Mass.)--Economic conditions
  • Textile industry--Massachusetts
  • Turbines--Design and construction
  • Waterwheels
Contributors
  • Rodney Hunt Company
Types of material
  • Account books

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Collection, 1925-1986.
Call no.: MS 407

The Southeast Asia Collection highlights the regional wars from the 1970s to the 1980s, including a series on Southeast Asian refugees in America, along with materials on regional economic development, especially in the Mekong River Basin. The collection contains hundreds of reports on agricultural and industrial projects in the region, examining everything from the impact of electrification on village life in Thailand to a description of a Soviet-built hospital in Cambodia in 1961, to an assessment of herbicide in Vietnam in 1971.

Collected primarily by Joel Halpern and James Hafner, the collection includes background, field, and situation reports by U.S. Operations Missions and U.S. Agency for International Development; reports, publications, statistics, and background information from other U.S. government agencies, governments of Laos and Thailand, and the United Nations; correspondence, reports, and reference materials of nongovernmental organizations; reports and essays by individuals about Southeast Asia; news releases and newspapers; published and unpublished bibliographies; and interviews with U.S. military personnel. Most material comes from governmental and organizational sources, but there are papers by, and debriefs of, numerous individuals.

Subjects
  • Cambodia--History--1953-1975
  • Laos--History
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Contributors
  • Hafner, James
  • Halpern, Joel Martin

Swados, Harvey, 1920-1972

Harvey Swados Papers, 1933-1983.
49 boxes (23 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 218

The author and social critic Harvey Swados (1920-1972) was a graduate of the University of Michigan who embarked on a literary life after service in the merchant Marine during the Second World War. His first novel, Out Went the Candle (1955), introduced the themes to which Swados would return throughout his career, the alienation of factory workers and the experience of the working class in industrial America. His other works include a widely read collection of stories set in an auto plant, On the Line, the novels False Coin (1959), Standing Fast (1970), and Celebration (1975), and a noted collection of essays A Radical’s America (1962). His essay for Esquire magazine, “Why Resign from the Human Race?,” is often cited as inspiring the formation of the Peace Corps.

The Swados collection includes journals, notes, typewritten drafts of novels and short stories, galley proofs, clippings, and correspondence concerning writings; letters from family, publishers, literary agents, colleagues, friends, and readers, including Richard Hofstadter, Saul Bellow, James Thomas Farrell, Herbert Gold, Irving Howe, Bernard Malamud, and Charles Wright Mills; letters from Swados, especially to family, friends, and editors; book reviews; notes, background material, and drafts of speeches and lectures; financial records; biographical and autobiographical sketches; bibliographies.

Subjects
  • Authors, American--20th century--Biography
  • Jewish authors--United States--Biography
  • National Book Awards--History--20th century
  • Socialists--United States--Biography
Contributors
  • Bellow, Saul
  • Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979
  • Gold, Herbert, 1924-
  • Hofstadter, Richard, 1916-1970
  • Howe, Irving
  • Malamud, Bernard
  • Mills, C. Wright (Charles Wright), 1916-1962
  • Swados, Harvey, 1920-1972

UMass Amherst. College of Natural Resources and the Environment

UMass Amherst. College of Natural Resources and the Environment, 1882-2007.
(53.5 linear feet).
Call no.: RG 15

During its first seventy five years, the mission of Massachusetts Agricultural College gradually expanded from its original focus on teaching the science of agriculture and horticulture. Coping with the changing demands of research and teaching in a disparate array of fields, responsibilities for the administration of University units were reorganized at several points, culminating in the formation of the College of Natural Resources and the Environment in 1993.

This record group consists of Dean’s annual reports, organizational charts, personnel lists, committee minutes, lecture materials, data sheets, maps and census statistics, conference proceedings, course catalogs, directories, publications, handbooks, records of the Agricultural Experiment Station, photographs and audio-visual materials, and other related materials.

Access restrictions: Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require advance notification for retrieval.

Subjects
  • Agriculture--Massachusetts
Contributors
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Agricultural Experiment Station
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. College of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Stockbridge School of Agriculture

2001 Center/Renaissance Community

2001 Center sign painted by Alaina Snipper, 1976 (Ref. no. car93)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
“Mayday” concert at 2001 Center, Gill, May 1, 1976. Sponsored by WAAF radio, 3000 people were planned for, 14,000 arrived. Community provided all security, medical, sound personnel, parking, food concessions and cleanup. (Ref. no. car94)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
“Mayday” concert at 2001 Center, Gill, May 1, 1976. (Ref. no. car95)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
“Mayday” concert at 2001 Center, Gill, May 1, 1976. (Ref. no. car96)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
“Mayday” concert at 2001 Center, Gill, May 1, 1976. (Ref. no. car97)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
“Mayday” concert at 2001 Center, Gill, May 1, 1976. (Ref. no. car98)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
“Mayday” concert at 2001 Center, Gill, May 1, 1976. (Ref. no. car99)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
“Mayday” concert at 2001 Center, Gill, May 1, 1976. (Ref. no. car100)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
“Mayday” concert at 2001 Center, Gill, May 1, 1976. (Ref. no. car101)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
God’s Eye weaving by Laura Sieser at the 2001 Center, Gill, 1979. (Ref. no. car102)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Doug Edson, 2001 Center. Gill, 1979. (Ref. no. car103)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Beginning construction on Michael’s planned house, 2001 Center, Gill, 1979. (Ref. no. car104)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
The Barn under construction with a planned meeting room upstairs and Community Office downstairs. Gill, 1979. (Ref. no. car105)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Brian McCue’s house under construction. Gill, 1977. (Ref. no. car106)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Detail of Brian McCue house construction. Gill, 1978. (Ref. no. car107)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Work on the Barn with Betsy Sullivan. Gill, 1980. (Ref. no. car108)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Renaissance Nursery at Northfield House, 1976. Adults are Lois Sellers and Larry Raffel. (Ref. no. car109)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
View of Community garden from tower of Michael’s house. Gill, 1980 (Ref. no. car110)
Photo by: Daniel Brown

2001 Center/Renaissance Community (part 3)

Nursery outing; kids with Larry Raffel, November, 1976 (Ref. no. bin257)
House eventually belonging to the Edson family, 1983. (Ref. no. bin258)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Greenhouse at Brian McCue’s house, June, 1983. (Ref. no. bin259)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Michael Rapunzel on [unknown] TV talk show, 1977. (Ref. no. bin260)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Donna Liebmann performing at local festival on land, 1977. (Ref. no. bin261)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Michael Rapunzel and Steven Greenwald’s house under construction, August, 1979. (Ref. no. bin262)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Noble Feast interior. Turners Falls, 1978. (Ref. no. bin263)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Construction detail of Michael’s house, 1980. (Ref. no. bin264)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Frog Hunters at the swimming hole. Ariel Brown and Zach Vaughn, July, 1983. (Ref. no. bin265)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Jim Sullivan, 1979. (Ref. no. bin266)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Noble Feast exterior. Turners Falls, 1977. (Ref. no. bin267)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Greenhouse interior at Brian McCue’s house. June, 1983. (Ref. no. bin268)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Long view of the Lodge. June, 1981. (Ref. no. bin269)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
View of the Warwick house. House in rear is on the site of the former Dorm. Warwick, 1988. (Ref. no. bin270)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Swimming hole at 2001 Center. August, 1982. (Ref. no. bin271)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Gladiolas in bloom near McCue house. July, 1982. (Ref. no. bin272)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Frog Hunters in action. Ariel Brown, Crymson Sullivan, Krishna Lennon. May, 1982. (Ref. no. bin273)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Andrew Bush and friend. June 1983. (Ref. no. bin274)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Working in the garden between Michael and McCue houses. June, 1982. (Ref. no. bin275)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
McCue’s house. June, 1983. (Ref. no. bin276)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
View of Marilyn Dowling’s garden between Michael and McCue houses. June, 1983 (Ref. no. bin277)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Renaissance members celebrating at Getting to the Same Place festival. New Hampshire, May, 1979. (Ref. no. bin278)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
ICRY [Inner-City Roundtable of Youth], New York City street gang organization gathering at Lodge, 1981. (Ref. no. bin279)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Alan Harris in Punk-phase, Marilyn Dowling outside the Barn, 1982. (Ref. no. bin280)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
2001 Center cornfield, 1981. (Ref. no. bin281)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Frolic by the swimming hole. May, 1982. (Ref. no. bin282)
Photo by: Daniel Brown

2001 Center/Renaissance Community (part 4)

The Lodge, 1982. (Ref. no. bin283)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
McCue house. August, 1983. (Ref. no. bin284)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Peter and Eileen Caddy, founders of Findhorn Community, with Michael Rapunzel. The Lodge, June, 1976. (Ref. no. bin285)
The Barn, 1981. (Ref. no. bin286)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Doug Edson, 1979. (Ref. no. bin287)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Barn construction with Steve Miller, 1980. (Ref. no. bin288)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Marilyn Dowling working on Michael’s house, 1979. (Ref. no. bin289)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Woodpile. The Lodge was heated by a wood furnace. May, 1979. (Ref. no. bin290)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Meeting on the ridge above Lodge. August, 1982. (Ref. no. bin291)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Pumpkin field below Michael’s house. September, 1981. (Ref. no. bin292)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Rocket’s Silver Train bus with Justin Jaquay, 1979. (Ref. no. bin293)
McCue house under construction, 1977. (Ref. no. bin294)
Peter Caddy with Michael Rapunzel before lecture in Theater. Turners Falls, 1979. (Ref. no. bin295)
Margie McClure, Ivan Senior, Betsy Sullivan, Karen Barry, 1981. (Ref. no. bin296)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Mobile Feast food concession at Supersession concert. Renee Fenner, Steve Wolfson. July, 1977 (Ref. no. bin297)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Evening at the swimming hole, 1982. (Ref. no. bin298)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Cornfield in bloom, August 1981. (Ref. no. bin299)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Saturday Work Day project at the Lodge, August, 1982. (Ref. no. bin300)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Cheryl Termo with kids. June, 1983. (Ref. no. bin301)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Renaissance Office in Barn with Sandra Jaquay-Wilson. (Ref. no. bin302)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Tilling the land with Bill Stone on tractor. April, 1983. (Ref. no. bin303)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Class of 1981. (Ref. no. bin304)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Garden scene, 1983. (Ref. no. bin305)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Sunday morning at the Lodge. Debby Stone, Bill and Monica Grabin, 1979. (Ref. no. bin306)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Barn under construction, 1979. (Ref. no. bin307)
Photo by: Daniel Brown
Renaissance Greeting Cards booth at trade show with Melvin Weiner. New York City, 1979. (Ref. no. bin308)
Photo by: Daniel Brown

Abbe, Edward H.

Edward H. Abbe Papers, 1828-2004.
22 boxes (28.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 736

Ed Abbe in Bora Bora, 1987
Ed Abbe in Bora Bora, 1987

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1915 and raised largely in Hampton, Va., Edward Abbe seemed destined to be an engineer. The great nephew of Elihu Thomson, an inventor and founding partner in General Electric, and grandson of Edward Folger Peck, an early employee of a precursor of that firm, Abbe came from a family with a deep involvement in electrification and the development of street railways. After prepping at the Rectory and Kent Schools, Abbe studied engineering at the Sheffield School at Yale, and after graduation in 1938, accepted a position with GE. For 36 years, he worked in the Industrial Control Division in New York and Virginia, spending summers at the family home on Martha’s Vineyard. After retirement in 1975, he and his wife Gladys traveled frequently, cruising both the Atlantic and Pacific.

Ranging from an extensive correspondence from his high school and college days to materials relating to his family’s involvement in engineering, the Abbe collection offers an in depth perspective on an educated family. An avid traveler and inveterate keeper, Ed Abbe gathered a diverse assemblage of letters, diaries, and memorabilia relating to the history of the Abbe, Peck, Booth, Gifford, and Boardman families. The collection is particularly rich in visual materials, including albums and photographs, depicting homes, travel, and family life over nearly a century.

Subjects
  • Abbe family
  • Boardman family
  • Booth family
  • Electrical engineers
  • General Electric
  • Gifford family
  • Kent School--Students
  • Peck family
  • Rectory School--Students
  • Yale University--Students
Contributors
  • Abbe, Edward H
  • Abbe, Gladys Howard
  • Abbe, William Parker
  • Peck, Edward F
  • Peck, Mary Booth
Types of material
  • Diaries
  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Photographs

Albertson, Dean

Dean Albertson Papers, 1966-1968.
11 boxes (16.5 linear feet).
Call no.: FS 114

A long-time faculty member at UMass Amherst, Dean Albertson was a twentieth century U.S. historian with a specialty in oral history. A veteran of the Second World War, Albertson received his BA from University of California Berkeley (1942) and doctorate from Columbia (1955), joining the Department of History at UMass in 1965 after several years at Brooklyn College. Interested throughout his career in new methods in research and teaching history, he was author of books on Dwight Eisenhower, Claude Wickard (Franklin Roosevelt’s Secretary of Agriculture), and the student movements of the 1960s. Albertson died at his home in Longmeadow, Mass., on March 31, 1989, at the age of 68.

The Albertson Papers consist of the records of three summer institutes in history at UMass run during the summer 1966-1968, and funded by the National Defence Education Act (NDEA). Aimed at high school teachers of social sciences and history in western Massachusetts, the institutes were designed to provide in-service training and to expose teachers to newer material and techniques in teaching U.S. history. See also Dean Albertson’s collection of oral histories.

Subjects
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of History
Contributors
  • Albertson, Dean, 1920-

Alternative Energy Coalition

Alternative Energy Coalition, ca.1975-1985.
9 boxes (13.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 586

A product of the vibrant and progressive political culture of western Massachusetts during the early 1970s, the Alternative Energy Coalition played a key role in the growth of antinuclear activism. In 1974, the AEC helped mobilize support for Sam Lovejoy after he sabotaged a weather tower erected by Northeast Utilities in Montague, Mass., in preparation for a proposed nuclear power plant, and they helped organize the drive for a referendum opposing not only the proposed plant in Montague, but existing plants in Rowe, Mass., and Vernon, Vt. Forming extensive connections with other antinuclear organizations, the AEC also became one of the organizations that united in 1976 to form the Clamshell Alliance, which made an art of mass civil disobedience.

The AEC Records provide insight into grassroots activism of the 1970s and 1980s, galvanized by the seemingly unrestrained growth of the nuclear power industry. The records, emanating from the Hampshire County branch, contain both research materials used by the AEC and organizational and promotional materials produced by them, including publications, minutes of meetings, correspondence, and materials used during protests. Of particular interest are a thick suite of organizational and other information pertaining to the occupation of the Seabrook (N.H.) nuclear power plant in 1979 and minutes, notes, and other materials relating to the founding and early days of the Clamshell Alliance. The collection is closely related to the Antinuclear Collection (MS 547).

Subjects
  • Antinuclear movement--Massachusetts
  • Hampshire County (Mass.)--History
  • Nonviolence--Massachusetts
  • Nuclear energy--Massachusetts
  • Pacifists--Massachusetts
  • Political activists--Massachusetts
  • Renewable energy source
  • Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant (N.H.)
  • Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station
Contributors
  • Alternative Energy Coalition
  • Clamshell Alliance
Types of material
  • Realia
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