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Town of Amherst Collection

 Collection — Box: 1-2, OS 1
Identifier: MA.00124


  • Creation: circa 1828-present
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920-1959

Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Town of Amherst Collection for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections.


3.0 Linear feet (2 records storage boxes, 1 oversize flat box)

Language of Materials



Written histories of the town; local government records; records of schools, private organizations, and local businesses; personal papers; souvenirs and programs of community events; maps of the town; and a large number of newspaper clippings.


This collection is organized into eighteen series:

  1. Series 1: General, 1889-1969
  2. Series 2: Histories, circa 1860-1972
  3. Series 3: Anniversaries, circa 1909-1959
  4. Series 4: Community Events, circa 1875-1959
  5. Series 5: Local Government, circa 1840-1966
  6. Series 6: Schools, circa 1819-1971
  7. Series 7: Business Enterprises, circa1865-1984
  8. Series 8: Associations, Institutions, etc., circa1853-1986
  9. Series 9: Churches, circa 1834-1968
  10. Series 10: Buildings, 1917-1938
  11. Series 11: Persons, 1844-1956
  12. Series 12: Population - Statistics, 1956
  13. Series 13: Geology, undated
  14. Series 14: Trees, 1892
  15. Series 15: Hurricane of 1938, 1938
  16. Series 16: Newspapers, 1845-1972
  17. Series 17: Clippings, circa 1903-1969
  18. Series 18: Photographs


Most of the materials have been arranged into series by subject, then alphabetically within each series. Certain materials have been separated into their own series by type, such as Newspapers and clippings.

Processing Information

The exact date of accession and other details concerning the origin of this collection are unknown. The material in the collection appears to have been gathered over a period of time and compiled in a general arrangement under the title "Amherst Town Files." The collection originally contained materials relating to other area towns and colleges (not in Amherst), which are now in a separate Town Files Collection. All other materials have been retained with the exception of the Lord Jeffery Inn records, now located in the Buildings and Grounds Collection. All photographs have been cross-referenced and moved to the Photographic Images Collection.

Oct.-Dec. 1989
Margaret Jessup, Intern, Simmons College School of Library and Information Science
Prepared For The Web:
2003 June
Graham Leach-Krouse 05, Student Encoding Assistant
Graham Leach-Krouse, Margaret Jessup
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