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Springfield Amherst Summer Academy (SASA) Collection

Identifier: MA.00155

Scope and Contents

The documents include: application forms; curriculum materials including worksheets, "pre-tests" and tests; directory of participants; "SASA family alumni list"; and evaluations. The evaluations, in particular, are a useful, central source of information about the program.

The collection does not provide complete documentation of the program and its operations.


  • Creation: 1969-1976


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the SASA Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the SASA Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

The Springfield Amherst Summer Academy (SASA) was started in 1969 as the Amherst Summer Action Programs with girls at Smith College and boys at Amherst College. In 1970 it was called the Springfield Amherst Tutorial Program. The program was consolidated at Amherst College in 1971. In 1973 it was renamed SASA. It was designed for minority students from the Springfield, Mass. area, to provide them with on-campus living experience and daily classes in remedial studies and cultural enhancement.

The program was an "academic-oriented, live-in summer school program for fifty high school students (mostly from Springfield, Massachusetts)." It provided a structure of academic course work, workshops, and physical activities, as well as planned weekend activities. The participants lived "on a college campus for the purpose of satisfying a minimum of two objectives: establishing communication with Brothers and Sisters on the collegiate leadership level and developing a positive attitude towards collegiate/campus life."


0.25 Linear feet (1 half archives box)

Language of Materials



SASA was a summer program for minority students from the Springfield, Massachusetts area. The collection includes application forms; curriculum materials including worksheets, "pre-tests" and tests; directory of participants; "SASA family alimni list"; and evaluations.


The collection is organized chronologically.

Processing Information

1993 August
Anne Ostendarp
Anne Ostendarp
Language of description
Script of description
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299