Town of Amherst Collection
- circa 1828-present
- 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:
- Series 1: General, 1889-1969
- Series 2: Histories, circa 1860-1972
- Series 3: Anniversaries, circa 1909-1959
- Series 4: Community Events, circa 1875-1959
- Series 5: Local Government, circa 1840-1966
- Series 6: Schools, circa 1819-1971
- Series 7: Business Enterprises, circa1865-1984
- Series 8: Associations, Institutions, etc., circa1853-1986
- Series 9: Churches, circa 1834-1968
- Series 10: Buildings, 1917-1938
- Series 11: Persons, 1844-1956
- Series 12: Population - Statistics, 1956
- Series 13: Geology, undated
- Series 14: Trees, 1892
- Series 15: Hurricane of 1938, 1938
- Series 16: Newspapers, 1845-1972
- Series 17: Clippings, circa 1903-1969
- 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.
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
- Amherst (Mass.) -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Amherst (Mass.). Planning Board
- Amherst Historical Society (Amherst, Mass.)
- City planning Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Massachusetts Federation of Planning Boards
- Walker, Alice M. (Alice Morehouse), 1855-1929
- Graham Leach-Krouse, Margaret Jessup
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.