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Book of Hours (Use of Bourges), ca. 1460
Guillaume Claude Robinet, an avocat du roi from Issoudun (Indre), France, married Catherine Tabouet on Jan. 15, 1591. A medieval book of hours of the use of Bourges, this manuscript is illuminated with six miniature paintings, each above a four-line initial and accompanied by an originally... more
Cesare Pavese Collection, 1931-2006
Simultaneously prolific and tragic, Cesare Pavese was a major figure in 20th century Italian letters. Born in the Piedmont region in 1908 and educated in Turin, Pavese was drawn to English-language literature as a student, writing his thesis on Walt Whitman (1930). Nearly overnight,... more
Elder Share the Arts Records, ca. 1975-2018
A community arts organization founded by Susan Perlstein in 1979, Elders Share the Arts was a pioneer and national leader in the field of creative aging. Beginning as a single living-history theater workshop in the South Bronx, ESTA grew into a citywide organization with national impact that... more
Enfield (Mass.) Collection, 1800-1939
Situated at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Swift River in western Massachusetts, Enfield was the largest and southernmost of the four towns inundated in 1939 to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Incorporated as a town in 1816, Enfield was relatively prosperous in the... more
Lyman Family Papers, 1839-1942
The descendants of Joseph Lyman (1767-1847) flourished in nineteenth century Northampton, Mass., achieving social prominence, financial success, and a degree of intellectual acclaim. Having settled in Northampton before 1654, just a generation removed from emigration, the Lymans featured... more
Mark H. McCormack Papers, ca. 1920-2008 (bulk: 1957-2003)
Once hailed by Sports Illustrated as “the most powerful man in sport,” Mark Hume McCormack directly engineered the growth of money and media in modern professional sport. After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in French and receiving a law degree from Yale,... more
Moses Brown Papers, 1713-1840
In the early Republic, Moses Brown emerged as an ardent abolitionist, a social reformer, and one of the best known philanthropists in his native Providence, R.I. A Baptist who converted to the Society of Friends in 1774, Brown had made a fortune as a merchant, partly in the... more
Nathaniel Maynard Exercise and Account Book, 1801-1862
The farmer Nathaniel Maynard was born in Marlborough (Worcester County), Mass., on Feb. 27, 1780, the eldest of four children of Joseph Maynard and Lovina Barnes. By 1804, when he married Rachel (Hill) of North Brookfield, Nathaniel was already a resident of Leverett, where he had... more
Otto F. Ege, "Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts", 12th-15th century
The scholar of book history Otto F. Ege disassembled works from his personal collection of medieval manuscripts to create forty portfolios of fifty leaves each, offering these sets for sale to individuals and institutions under the title "Fifty Original Leaves From Medieval... more
Prescott (Mass.) Collection, 1822-1952
Rural and sparsely populated, Prescott, Massachusetts, was founded in 1822 along the ridge separating the West and Middle branches of the Swift River. Its three villages (North Prescott, Atkinson Hollow, and Prescott Hill) never amounted to more than a few houses each, and the town's... more
Rare Book Collections, ca. 1100-2014
The Department of Special Collections and University Archives houses approximately 30,000 volumes reflecting an evolving history of collecting at UMass Amherst. Beginning in the late 1860s with a focus on agriculture and the natural sciences, SCUA has developed into a resource for the... more
University of Massachusetts Amherst Classes by Year
This collection consists of items from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Classes by Year collection hosted by University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they may... more
University of Massachussetts . University as a Whole
This collection consists of items from the University of Massachussetts . University as a Whole collection hosted by University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. Information about the items has been provided by the holding institution so that they... more
W. E. B. Du Bois Papers, 1803-1999 (bulk 1877-1963)
Scholar, writer, editor of The Crisis and other journals, co-founder of the Niagara Movement, the NAACP, and the Pan African Congresses, international spokesperson for peace and for the rights of oppressed minorities, W.E.B. Du Bois was a son of Massachusetts who articulated the... more
Westhampton Congregational Church (Westhampton, Mass.) Records, 1817-1970
The Congregational Church in Westhampton, Mass., was formally organized on Sept. 1, 1779, with the installation of a young graduate of Yale, Enoch Hale, brother of the patriot Nathan Hale. At the end of Hale's fifty years in the Westhampton pulpit, the church experienced a crisis that... more
Worthington (Mass.) Tavern Account Book, 1826-1854
By the turn of the nineteenth century, the Hampshire County town of Worthington, Massachusetts, was a significant crossroads on the Boston-Albany Turnpike, belying its small size. The population in Worthington peaked at barely over 1,000 in 1810, and declined slowly thereafter, although it... more