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Machmer, William L.

William L. Machmer Papers, 1899-1953.
18 boxes (9 linear feet).
Call no.: RG 6/1 M33

William L. Machmer
William L. Machmer

Enjoying one of the longest tenures of any administrator in the history of the University of Massachusetts, William Lawson Machmer served under five presidents across 42 years, helping to guide the university through an economic depression, two world wars, and three name changes. During his years as Dean, Machmer witnessed the growth of the university from fewer than 500 students to almost 3,800, and helped guide its transformation from a small agricultural college into Massachusetts State College (1931) and finally into the University of Massachusetts (1947).

Machmer’s papers chronicle the fitful development of the University of Massachusetts from the days of Kenyon Butterfield’s innovations of the 1920s through the time of the GI Bill. The collection is particularly strong in documenting the academic experience of students and the changes affecting the various departments and programs at the University, with particular depth for the period during and after the Second World War.

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  • Agricultural education
  • Fort Devens (Mass.)
  • Massachusetts Agricultural College
  • Massachusetts State College
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dean
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Mathematics
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Baker, Hugh Potter, 1878-
  • Butterfield, Kenyon L. (Kenyon Leech), 1868-1935
  • Lewis, Edward M
  • Machmer, William L
  • Van Meter, Ralph Albert, 1893-
Types of material
  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Student records

Massachusetts Governmental Activities Exposition

Massachusetts Governmental Activities Exposition Photograph Album, 1930.
88 images (0.25 linear feet).
Call no.: PH 043

Library exhibit
Library exhibit

To celebrate its tercentenary in 1930, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts organized over two thousand events in 253 communities, drawing over eleven million visitors. One of the most elaborate of these events was the Exposition of Governmental Activities held at the Commonwealth Armory in Boston between September 29 and October 11. A celebration more of contemporary governmental activity than the historical precedents, the exposition featured displays representing nearly every branch of government, from the Department of Education to the state police, mental and public health, public welfare, transportation, agriculture, labor, and industry.

P.E. (Paul) Genereux (1892-1977), a commercial photographer from East Lynn, was hired to document the exhibits and displays in the Exposition of Governmental Activities, producing commemorative albums containing silver gelatin prints, carefully numbered and backed on linen. This disbound album includes 88 of the original 175 prints, including interior and exterior shots, with an additional image by Hildebrand.

  • Massachusetts Governmental Activities Exposition--Photographs
  • Massachusetts--Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • Genereux, P. E.
Types of material
  • Photographs

Metelica Aquarian Concept

Shea Theater block: Turners Fall 1972. Before renovation. (Ref. no. car45)
Shea Theater block: Turners Fall 1972. Before renovation. (Ref. no. car46)
Shea Theater block (nicknamed “The Block”). July 1973. (Ref. no. car47)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
The Block. Summer 1976. (Ref. no. car48)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Interior of Shea Theater, April 1973. Initial renovation looking towards main stage (Ref. no. car49)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Interior of Shea Theater, April 1973. Initial renovation looking back towards recording studio. (Ref. no. car50)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Interior of Shea Theater, January 1974. Completed first renovation looking towards main stage. (Ref. no. car51)
Interior of Shea Theater, November 1974. Final renovation looking towards main stage (Ref. no. car52)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Corn Records promotion billboard on roof of Honda 600 car. Honda’s first American model was a tiny vehicle with a two-cylinder engine that got nearly 50mpg. Michael bought 35 of them in September 1973. (Ref. no. car53)
Metelica Marches, Turners Falls. November 1973. (Ref. no. car54)
Michael Meeting in the Theater. 1974-75. (Ref. no. car55)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Meeting in the Theater. 1974-75. View from the balcony with Michael wearing his minister garb. (Ref. no. car56)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael Meeting in the Theater. 1974-75. View of Community members listening. (Ref. no. car57)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
“Rapunzel Hat” in newly decorated Office. 1974. (Ref. no. car58)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Michael’s Office newly remodeled. All the décor came from Railroad Salvage in Turners Falls. 1974. (Ref. no. car59)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Community Vehicles. One of three GMC motor-homes and Michael’s Fiat sportster. (Ref. no. car60)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Cessena Mixmaster belonging to Community. 1973 (Ref. no. car61)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Publicity shot from planned brochure showing diversity of talents and range of possessions. Turners Falls Airport, October 1974. (Ref. no. car62)
Publicity shot from planned brochure showing diversity of talents and range of possessions. Turners Falls Airport, October 1974. (Ref. no. car63)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Video studio in the Block basement, 1974. (Ref. no. car64)
Discussion group being filmed. Learning how to “project” ones self was a deliberate practice during this time. 1974. (Ref. no. car65)
Filming of the 16mm documentary. Turners Falls, April 1975. (Ref. no. car66)
Recording studio in the Theater with John, “Duck” Sullivan. September 1976. (Ref. no. car67)
Billboard advertising various Renaissance Community businesses in Turners Falls. 1975. (Ref. no. car68)
Photo by: Gary Cohen
Business in Turners Falls. Dan Pritchett Audio Enterprises. The Block 1974. Dan is the tall man on the right. His wife, Dory is on the far left. (Ref. no. car69)
Record Rap which took over the same spot in the Block. 1976. Patty Smith, Robin Paris, unidentified, Chi-Chi Carson. (Ref. no. car70)

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

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Collection, 1965-2009.
5 boxes (7.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 686

Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

In contributing to the National Arts Policy Archive and Library (NAPAAL), the NEA allowed SCUA to digitize nearly forty years of publications on the arts and arts management. The collection reflects the impact of the arts (including music, literature, and the performing arts) on everyday lives of Americans and include materials intended to support individual and classroom education, information on arts management, reports on the status of the arts, histories of the organization, and much more. All items are cataloged in the UMass Amherst Libraries online catalog and are included in the Internet Archive, where they are available for full-text searching.

  • Art and State
  • Arts--Management
  • Government aid to the arts

Parker, George A.

George A. Parker Class of 1876 Photograph Album, 1876.
1 vol., 90 images (0.5 linear feet).
Call no.: RG 130 P37

Botanic Museum interior
Botanic Museum interior

A prominent member of the Massachusetts Agricultural College Class of 1876, George A. Parker (1853-1926) began a career in landscape gardening and the development of parks shortly after graduation. Shortly after the turn of the century, he was appointed Superintendent of Parks in Hartford, Conn., helping to develop Colt Park and a number of smaller properties that turned the city into one of the models for New England. He resigned from his in January 1926 and died later that year from heart disease.

The Parker Album is a more extensive version of the standard class album for 1876, featuring not only albumen portraits mounted on thick stock of the faculty and students, but almost fifty views of campus. Among these are uncommon images of the major academic buildings, the chapel, and hash house, but also interior and exterior shots of buildings on campus, such as the Botanic Museum and the Durfee greenhouses, and images of the students in military drill. All photographs were taken John L. Lovell of Amherst.

  • Massachusetts Agricultural College--Photographs
  • Lovell, John L., 1825-1903
  • Parker, George A
Types of material
  • Albumen prints
  • Photographs

Sawin-Young Family Papers

Sawin-Young Family Papers, 1864-1924.
1 box (0.25 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 583

Atop Mt. Tom
Atop Mt. Tom

At the turn of the twentieth century, Albert Sawin and his wife Elizabeth (nee Young) lived on Taylor Street in Holyoke, Massachusetts, with their three children, Allan, Ralph, and Alice. Elizabeth’s brother, also named Allan, traveled in the west during the 1880s, looking for work in Arizona, Utah, and Montana.

The bulk of the Sawin-Young Family Papers consists of letters exchanged between Elizabeth “Lizzie” Sawin, her sisters, and Jennie Young of nearby Easthampton. Later letters were addressed to Beatrice Sawin at Wheaton College from her father Walter E. Sawin, who contributed to the design for the Holyoke dam. The photograph album (1901) kept by Alice E. Sawin features images of the interior and exterior of the family’s home, as well as candid shots of family and friends and photographs of excursions to nearby Mt. Tom and the grounds of Northfield School.

  • Holyoke (Mass.)--Social life and customs
  • Montana--Description and travel
  • Sawin family
  • Utah--Description and travel
  • Young family
  • Sawin, Alice E.
  • Sawin, Beatrice
  • Young, Allan
  • Young, Elizabeth
Types of material
  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Photographs

Smith and Wesson Company

Smith & Wesson Records, 1920-1973.
30 boxes (15 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 267

World famous handgun and handcuff-manufacturing company founded in Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1850s.

The Smith and Wesson records are comprised of incoming sales and service correspondence with some outgoing correspondence and administrative and financial/legal subject files, including categories such as ads and advertising, American Railway Express, audits, counselors at law, debtors, insurance, legal actions, newsletters, patents and trademarks, personnel, photos, sample parts, sideline ventures, stocks and bonds awards, and Western Union Telegrams. Includes correspondence with the National Rifle Association, Small Arms Industry Advisory Committee, and the United States Revolver Association.

  • Pistols--Design and construction
  • National Rifle Association
  • Small Arms Industry Advisory Committee
  • Smith and Wesson
  • United States Revolver Association

Social Change Colloquium

Student holding academic gown adorned with Black Power symbol, 1970
UMass Student, 1970

Every fall, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives sponsors a colloquium focusing on a topic in social change. Like SCUA’s collections, these colloquia cover a broad terrain, touching on a variety of issues in social justice, equality, and democracy.

Colloquia are free and open to the public.

Colloquium 2013 (Tue. March 5)
Peace and War: Assessing the Legacies of Sixties Activism Today

Author Tom Fels and media artist Mark Tribe will speak on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in Room 2601 on Floor 26, of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst. The event, “Peace and War: Assessing the Legacies of Sixties Activism Today,” marks the completion of the eighth annual Social Change Colloquium.

Longtime independent writer and researcher Tom Fels’ new book Buying the Farm: Peace and War on a Sixties Commune (UMass Press, 2012) explores the long history of Montague Farm, north of Amherst, one of the era’s iconic experiments in social change. Before drawing his own conclusions about it in the book, he recounts the farm’s many early contributions to the counterculture, and later the farm’s devolution at the hands of competing farm-family factions, inviting us to question the balance between idealism and effectiveness. “For today’s young,” says Tom Hayden, author of The Long Sixties, “the economic future is far more bleak and global warming an unprecedented threat. Out of necessity, many will be searching for meaningful forms of communal self-sufficiency, healthful food, and renewable energy. Tom Fels’ captivating and profound reflection on one earlier commune, Montague Farm, founded in the 1960s, offers hard-learned reflections, some practical, some eternal, from a time when communes were the chosen path of many.” In the first hour of the colloquium Fels will read from Buying the Farm. There will be a question and answer period following the reading.

Mark Tribe is part of the next generation to be inspired by sixties activism. His Port Huron Project (2006-2009) is a series of reenactments of protest speeches from the New Left movements of the Vietnam era. Enacted at the site of the original event, each speech was delivered by an actor or performance artist. Videos of these performances have been screened on campuses, exhibited in art spaces, and distributed online as open-source media. As Julia Bryan-Wilson wrote in Artforum, in January 2008, “More than just recovering the past, these re-speaking projects use archival speeches to ask questions about the current place of stridency and forceful dissent, and the possibilities of effective, galvanizing political discourse.” In bringing the words of Cesar Chavez, Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and others to the public through contemporary media, Tribe, in this portion of his work, creatively recycles earlier activism to relate it to issues of today. In the second hour of the colloquium, Tribe will show and discuss some of his work.

Colloquium 2012: Part I (Tue. Oct. 2)
Anna Gyorgy and Lionel Delevingne: To the Village Square: Reflections on an Experiment in American Democracy

Delevingne will discuss the mass media’s role in the nuclear power issue and his own responsibility before and after the Three Mile Island accident and Chernobyl disaster. Anna Gyorgy will discuss citizen action and democracy, with international examples based on her work with the Clamshell Alliance, and, more recently, with the strong German anti-nuclear/pro-solar movements.

New England was an epicenter of the antinuclear movement of the 1970s and 1980s. Sparked by the proposed construction of nuclear power plants in Montague, Massachusetts, and Seabrook, New Hampshire, a grass-roots movement blossomed in the region, drawing on a long tradition of non-violent political protest. Shortly after arriving in the United States from his native France in 1975, the photojournalist Lionel Delevingne began covering the antinuclear movement, including the history of civil disobedience and occupation at Seabrook, the aftermath of the Three Mile Island disaster, and other protests from New York to South Carolina and Europe.
Delevingne is the co-author of Drylands, a Rural American Saga (University of Nebraska Press, 2011); Northampton: Reflections on Paradise (Nouveau Monde Press, 1988); and Franco-American Viewpoints (Nouveau Monde Press/Wistariahurst Museum, 1988). His work has been exhibited frequently in the U.S. and abroad and published widely in the mainstream and alternative press, including the New York Times, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Vanity Fair, Le Figaro Magazine, and Die Zeit. Delevingne has participated in many award-winning projects sponsored by National Endowment of the Arts/Humanities (NEA), Massachusetts Endowment for the Humanities, University & College Designers Association (UCDA), University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Anna Gyorgy was active in the early movement against nuclear power, and is the author-editor of the classic work NO NUKES: Everyone’s Guide to Nuclear Power (South End Press, 1979/1981). She is in the process of returning to the U.S. after 25 years abroad, where she has since 1999 coordinated the multi-lingual website project: “Women and Life on Earth” (www.wloe.org).

The related exhibit “To the Village Square” includes some of the movement’s most memorable images, shot by Delevingne, along with materials drawn from the rich anti-nuclear collections held in the UMass Amherst Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives.

Colloquium 2011
Tom Weiner: “Stories of the Vietnam Draft and War:
Why These Stories Need to be Told in their Variety, their Intensity and their Honesty” (Nov. 10)

Social justice activist Tom Weiner will give a talk on his recently published book Called to Serve: Stories of Men and Women Confronted by the Vietnam War Draft. The book is the fruit of years of extensive interviews with chapters for people who made different choices among the available options: to serve, to resist, to leave the country, to become a conscientious objector, or to find a way around the draft altogether as well as a chapter for those who loved, counseled and supported. His presentation will include several of his interview subjects who will share parts of their testimonies. Weiner recently donated the tapes of the interviews and the transcripts to Special Collections and University Archives.

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