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Regional history

Two girls in carriage, Quabbin region, ca.1910
Two girls in carriage, Quabbin region, ca.1910

As one of the main repositories documenting the history of western Massachusetts and New England, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives collects primary materials relating to the political, cultural, economic, and intellectual life of our region, and the lives and experiences of its residents.

Concentrated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the collections in SCUA touch on many aspects of the history of the region with developing depth in immigration, labor, work, and industry, social change and movements for social change, and literature and the arts. Among the more valuable collections for the political history of the region is the papers of Silvio O. Conte, Republican congressman from the First District of Massachusetts from 1959-1991. A member of the House Appropriations Committee (and its ranking minority member from 1979-1991), Conte is particularly remembered for his work in Health and Human Services, education, and the environment. SCUA also holds collections for state representatives John Haigis and Maurice Donahue, as well as other figures involved in political life in the Commonwealth.

Although the Department holds materials relating to individual communities in western Massachusetts, the history of the Quabbin watershed is a particular focal point. SCUA collects books printed in the Quabbin region and more generally, in rural New England prior to 1900, as well as manuscript, printed, and photographic collections relating to Quabbin towns.

Significant collections

  • Business and industry
    • In addition to collections relating to organized labor and the labor movement, SCUA attempts to document the experience of work and the business community to provide a rounded understanding of work life in New England. For a more complete listing, see our guide for Labor, Work, and Industry.
  • Civic organizations and charities
    • Collections ranging from the records of charitable organizations that provide social services to groups that foster civic engagement and social justice, benevolent and ethnic self-help societies, to organizations that support social and professional communities.
  • Family history
    • SCUA has a strong interest in “family collections,” typically collections that include correspondence, photograph albums, family and farm accounts, and other materials that reveal the every day lives of New Englanders. Researchers on family life and genealogy should note that many collections indexed under other subjects contain personal and family information of some importance. Our printed materials collections include many local and county histories, genealogies, and other resources which may be useful for understanding family life.
  • Immigration, demography, and ethnicity
  • Medical history
    • Collections include daybooks and medical accounts of physicians, primarily from the nineteenth century, personal papers of physicians, and some materials on public health policy.
  • Military history
    • Although SCUA has scattered holdings relating to earlier wars, the department houses interesting materials relating to World War II and the War in Vietnam, with the latter concentrated on the antiwar movement.
  • Political life and culture
    • The distinctive political culture of Massachusetts and formal and informal political activity in the Commonwealth. Although the collections extend back into the nineteenth century, our focus is primarily on the post-World War II period.
  • Printing in rural Massachusetts
    • SCUA collects books, broadsides, and other materials printed in rural New England prior to 1900. The collections include a growing collection for the printers in the Quabbin region, Solomon and John Howes, but also includes works printed in small towns throughout Berkshire, Hampshire, Hamden, and Franklin Counties.
  • Quabbin Regional collections
    • Collections relating to all aspects of life and the legacy of the four towns inundated by the Quabbin Reservoir: Dana, Greenwich, Enfield, and Prescott, as well as surrounding communities such as New Salem, Petersham, and Wendell. In our rare books holdings, we have a number of works printed in Enfield or Greenwich, mostly by Solomon and John Howe.
  • Religious life
    • Our efforts to document the spiritual lives and religious commitments of New Englanders has resulted in a number of manuscript and archival collections. Our social change holdings include a number of collections on spiritually-motivated social reform, and our rare book holdings include hundreds of published sermons and other printed materials relating to religious life in the region.
  • New England regional history

Bethel Masonic Lodge (Enfield, Mass.)

Bethel Masonic Lodge Records, 1858-1938.
1 box (0.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 012

Organized in 1825, the Bethel Masonic Lodge of Enfield, Mass., was the oldest recorded social or fraternal group in the Swift River Valley. After shuttering its doors for several years in response to anti-Masonic sentiments, the lodge reorganized in 1858 and operated continuously until 1939 when Enfield was flooded for the Quabbin Reservoir, and most of its former members merged into Eden Lodge in nearby Ware, Mass.

The Bethel Lodge records include a membership list, financial records, by-laws, burial service manual, directories, insurance policies, meeting cards, and a one-hundredth anniversary booklet.

Subjects
  • Enfield (Mass.)--History
  • Freemasons--Massachusetts
  • Men--Societies and clubs--Massachusetts
  • Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--History
Contributors
  • Freemasons. Bethel Lodge (Enfield, Mass.)
Types of material
  • Insurance policies

Daughters of the American Revolution. Captain Joseph Hooker Chapter (Enfield, Mass.)

DAR Captain Joseph Hooker Chapter Records, 1916-1922.
1 vol. (0.25 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 033

Captain Joseph Hooker Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Enfield, Massachusetts. The single volume consists of five entries, which include two obituaries of members, two notices of prizes given or received during the Enfield Centennial Celebration, and a record of the Chapter’s services during World War I.

Subjects
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Centennial celebrations
  • World War, 1914-1918--War work--Massachusetts--Enfield
  • World War, 1914-1918--Women--Massachusetts--Enfield
Contributors
  • Daughters of the American Revolution. Captain Joseph Hooker Chapter (Enfield, Mass.)
  • Kimball, Frances Woods
  • Sibley, Prudence Goodsell

Enfield (Mass.)

Enfield Property Owners List, 1933.
1 folder (0.1 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 039

Property owners of Enfield, Massachusetts. Includes a four-page blueprint list of names of property owners in Enfield, 1933, prepared on Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission form.

Subjects
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Registers
  • Landowners--Massachusetts--Enfield--Registers
Contributors
  • Massachusetts. Metropolitan District Commission. Water Division

Enfield (Mass.) Centennial Celebration

Enfield Centennial Celebration Collection, 1916.
1 box (0.25 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 063

The town of Enfield, Massachusetts sent invitations across the country to former residents and natives to come celebrate its centennial July 2, 3, and 4, in 1916. The collection consists of minutes of some of the public and committee meetings held to plan the celebration; letters received by committee members, chiefly from vendors of services for such celebrations; historical sketches prepared for distribution at the event; programs of the entire celebration and sports events; the official invitation; a committee member’s badge; and news clippings.

Subjects
  • Enfield (Mass.)--History

Enfield (Mass.) Congregational Church

Enfield Congregational Church Records, 1800-1939.
1 box (0.75 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 011

Church that served as the social and cultural center of the town of Enfield, Massachusetts. Records include deeds, charters and other legal documents, along with the church’s articles of faith and covenant, a detailed record of parish meetings, the treasurer’s account book, the parish Trustee’s account book, the church manual, a manuscript sermon of Reverend S.G. Hitchcock, the sermons of Reverend Colton, an historical sermon celebrating the town’s centennial, and church bulletins.

Subjects
  • Church bulletins--Massachusetts
  • Congregational churches--Massachusetts--Enfield
  • Congregational churches--Sermons
  • Congregationalists--Massachusetts--Enfield
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Centennial celebrations
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Church history
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Religious life and customs
  • Sermons, American--Massachusetts--Enfield
Contributors
  • Enfield Congregational Church (Enfield, Mass.)
  • Hitchcock, S. G.
  • Richards, Frederick B.
Types of material
  • Account books
  • Charters
  • Deeds

Enfield (Mass.) Real Estate Survey

Enfield Village Real Estate Survey, 1930.
1 folder (0.1 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 077

Town of Enfield, Massachusetts, which was among the Western Massachusetts towns abolished in 1938 to allow the Swift River Valley to be flooded, thereby creating the Quabbin Reservoir to provide Boston with water. A graphic blueprint depiction prepared by the Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission of the lots of landholders in Enfield Village in 1930.

Subjects
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Surveys
  • Landowners--Massachusetts--Enfield
  • Real property--Massachusetts--Enfield
Contributors
  • Massachusetts. Metropolitan District Commission. Water Division
Types of material
  • Blueprints
  • Land surveys

Enfield (Mass.) Servicemen

Enfield Servicemen Dance Cards Collection, 1919.
2 items (0.1 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 072

Fifty-one men from Enfield served in World War I. This collection consists of two dance cards from an event welcoming the soldiers back, each filled out chiefly with initials. The back cover identifies W.H. Young as Floor Director, along with five aides.

Subjects
  • Dance cards--Massachusetts--Enfield
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Social life and customs
  • World War, 1914-1918--Veterans
Types of material
  • Dance cards
  • Ephemera

Enfield (Mass.). Grammar School

Enfield Grammar School Graduation Programs Collection, 1902-1914.
1 folder (0.1 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 074

Grammar school in Enfield, Massachusetts, a town abolished in 1938 to allow the Swift River Valley to be flooded, thereby creating the Quabbin Reservoir to provide Boston with water. Includes programs of the graduation exercises held at the Town Hall in 1902, 1906, 1913, and 1914. Also contains lists of graduates, speakers, and performers.

Subjects
  • Commencement ceremonies--Massachusetts--Enfield--History--Sources
  • Elementary schools--Alumni and alumnae--Massachusetts --Enfield
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Registers
  • Enfield Grammar School (Enfield, Mass.)
  • Public schools--Massachusetts--Enfield--History--Sources
Types of material
  • Souvenir programs

Enfield (Mass.). School

Enfield School Account Books, 1816-1868.
2 vols. (0.25 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 087

Account books for school districts of Enfield, Massachusetts. The schools’ appropriations accounts kept by selectmen between 1816-1856 show the amount raised by the town annually for the support of the schools, and include how, when, and to whom money was disbursed. The account book for Enfield’s school district number 4, 1854-1868, includes records of the disbursement of money for teaching, boarding the teachers, supplying cord wood, making fires, and repairing the building. Also lists the names of teachers and members of the Prudential Committee (who kept the records and sometimes taught).

Subjects
  • Enfield (Mass.)--Appropriations and expenditures
  • Enfield (Mass.). Prudential Committee
  • Enfield (Mass.). School District Number 5
  • Public schools--Massachusetts--Enfield--Finance
  • Schools--Massachusetts--Enfield--Finance
  • Teachers--Massachusetts--Enfield
  • Women teachers--Massachusetts--Enfield
Types of material
  • Account books
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