Jones Library Special Collections

Jones Library Special Collections We preserve, promote, and make accessible the history of Amherst, Massachusetts. We collect, preserve, and make available the history of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Our collections include local history and genealogy resources, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and maps.

Dani from @joneslibkids came to visit Special Collections to survey the space after our water leak. They’re glad they di...
07/28/2020

Dani from @joneslibkids came to visit Special Collections to survey the space after our water leak. They’re glad they didn’t need to pitch in to help create warm air to dry all the books, even with three mouths that’s a lot of hot air!
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@joneslibkids is celebrating summer reading with virtual displays. This week’s theme is #OwnVoices Folktales featuring “...
07/06/2020

@joneslibkids is celebrating summer reading with virtual displays. This week’s theme is #OwnVoices Folktales featuring “John Henry” by Julius Lester. We’re joining in by showing off these galley proofs of Jerry Pinkney’s masterful illustrations from the Julius Lester Collection.
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In 1903, Amherst High School formed its first baseball team. Perry Roberts, Charles Roberts, and Walter Hasbrouck were a...
06/19/2020

In 1903, Amherst High School formed its first baseball team. Perry Roberts, Charles Roberts, and Walter Hasbrouck were all part of this team.

As we celebrate Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, it is important to recognize that the...
06/19/2020

As we celebrate Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, it is important to recognize that the first African Americans in Amherst were slaves.

06/19/2020

Compiled for the Town of Amherst, MA's Juneteenth Celebration, this slideshow features images of the African American community of Amherst from the Jones LIbrary Special Collections. Find out more about any of these materials by contacting us. Enjoy!

Today is the 155 anniversary of Juneteenth! We are honored to participate in Amherst’s celebration taking place virtuall...
06/19/2020

Today is the 155 anniversary of Juneteenth! We are honored to participate in Amherst’s celebration taking place virtually at 4pm on Amherst Media. Swipe for a sneak peek at some of the images featured in our slideshow.

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05/05/2020

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It's #GivingTuesdayNow
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Our entire community has been affected by COVID-19, and the effects will be long-term. Revenue losses to the Jones Library will directly affect programming levels and book purchasing after we re-open. Support the Jones Library & branches today with your generous donation!
https://www.joneslibrary.org/182/Donate

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04/28/2020

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04/23/2020
Interview with local author Martha Ackmann

Martha Ackmann joins librarians Linda Wentworth and Cyndi Harbeson for a Q&A about her new book, These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson.

Great news for all of our genealogist friends - for a limited time, you can access Ancestry Library Edition from your ho...
03/30/2020

Great news for all of our genealogist friends - for a limited time, you can access Ancestry Library Edition from your home. Go to joneslibrary.org/419/Ancestrycom to access this valuable resource!

03/26/2020
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We're reposting this today in honor of Robert Frost's 146th birthday today. Happy Birthday!! 🥳🥳🥳

Robert Frost credits Charles Green of The Jones Library as being the first to collect his work in this recording from his 1959 speech at the dedication of the Robert Frost room.

For Thank You Note Day, we want to thank you for joining us for another year of Throwback Thursdays. Join us next week a...
12/26/2019

For Thank You Note Day, we want to thank you for joining us for another year of Throwback Thursdays. Join us next week as we continue our “Year of the Jones” centennial celebration!
#throwbackthursday

This Amherst Record photograph from 1974 shows a young patron in the Children’s Department perusing a collection of mitt...
12/19/2019

This Amherst Record photograph from 1974 shows a young patron in the Children’s Department perusing a collection of mittens and gloves waiting to be reclaimed by their owners. (If you notice, the patron’s own mittens are securely attached to their coat!)
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On December 12, 1926, only two days after the fire at the Amherst House, the Jones Library re-opened at the Whipple Hous...
12/12/2019

On December 12, 1926, only two days after the fire at the Amherst House, the Jones Library re-opened at the Whipple House on North Pleasant Street. The Library would remain here for nearly two years while the new (current!) building was under construction.
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On the evening of December 9, 1926, a fire raged through the Amherst House, destroying the building that housed the Jone...
12/05/2019

On the evening of December 9, 1926, a fire raged through the Amherst House, destroying the building that housed the Jones Library. Thanks to the heroic efforts of many Amherst College students working alongside Charles Green, a good portion of the Library’s books and furnishings were saved from the flames.
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From the Annual Book Sale to the Children’s Summer Reading Program to music series, lectures, and other events and progr...
11/28/2019

From the Annual Book Sale to the Children’s Summer Reading Program to music series, lectures, and other events and programs too numerous to count, the Friends of the Jones Libraries have supported the Jones since 1968. On this day of gratitude, we’d like to the Friends for all of the wonderful ways they support our community every year!
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Charles Green, our first Library Director, was born on 19 November 1876. He began a proud legacy here at the Jones – not...
11/21/2019

Charles Green, our first Library Director, was born on 19 November 1876. He began a proud legacy here at the Jones – not many libraries can state that in 100 years they have only had six directors! Clockwise from top left: Charles Green, William Merrill, Anne Turner, Sharon Sharry, Bonnie Isman, and Quentin de Streel.
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The third (and current) home of the Jones Library opened on November 1, 1928. Before beginning construction, the archite...
11/14/2019

The third (and current) home of the Jones Library opened on November 1, 1928. Before beginning construction, the architects created this scale model of the building. It resembles our building pretty closely, doesn’t it?
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We here at the Jones are proud to share our centennial celebration year with Children’s Book Week, which was also establ...
11/07/2019

We here at the Jones are proud to share our centennial celebration year with Children’s Book Week, which was also established 100 years ago! To honor this initiative, here is a view of story time at the Amherst House. Incidentally, story time is the one program that has been run continuously since the Jones first opened in 1921!
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Come hear about the history of women’s rights with our speaker Anne Barrett today at 2pm in the Woodbury Room as part of...
11/02/2019

Come hear about the history of women’s rights with our speaker Anne Barrett today at 2pm in the Woodbury Room as part of our yearlong centennial celebration.

For Halloween how about dressing up as a character from your favorite reading genre? Here Lisa, George, and Sharon perso...
10/31/2019

For Halloween how about dressing up as a character from your favorite reading genre? Here Lisa, George, and Sharon personify Fantasy, Western, and “Just the facts, ma’am”.
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What could be better than a night listening to Karen Skolfield read from her new book of poems? Doing that AND having ca...
10/29/2019

What could be better than a night listening to Karen Skolfield read from her new book of poems? Doing that AND having cake! Join us tonight at 6pm in the Goodwin Room.

On 21 October 1959, the Robert Frost Room officially opened. This picture shows Frost and our first Library Director, Ch...
10/24/2019

On 21 October 1959, the Robert Frost Room officially opened. This picture shows Frost and our first Library Director, Charles Green, who began creating what would become our Robert Frost Collection when a young Frost was just a lecturer at Amherst College.
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This photo shows the crowd at the Jones Library cornerstone laying ceremony on 18 October 1927. The building in the back...
10/17/2019

This photo shows the crowd at the Jones Library cornerstone laying ceremony on 18 October 1927. The building in the background is the Landis Block.
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Hope to see you at 2:30 today for a very special performance honoring Julius Lester!
10/12/2019

Hope to see you at 2:30 today for a very special performance honoring Julius Lester!

It’s time to put in those fall bulbs! Here we see members of the Garden Club doing some work along the east side of the ...
10/10/2019

It’s time to put in those fall bulbs! Here we see members of the Garden Club doing some work along the east side of the Library.
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@joneslibkids is helping us get ready for our big event this Saturday with this wonderful display of Julius Lester’s wor...
10/09/2019

@joneslibkids is helping us get ready for our big event this Saturday with this wonderful display of Julius Lester’s work! Join us at 2:30pm on 10/12 for a dramatic reading of Lester’s novel, Day of Tears!

For Computer Learning Month (and Techies Day) we present this 1989 photograph of the Jones Library public computer. Oh h...
10/03/2019

For Computer Learning Month (and Techies Day) we present this 1989 photograph of the Jones Library public computer. Oh how times have changed…
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The Jones Library and First National Bank were constructed almost concurrently. This photo was taken in 1928, just a few...
09/26/2019

The Jones Library and First National Bank were constructed almost concurrently. This photo was taken in 1928, just a few months before the library would open in its permanent location.
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Ahoy, maties! Today be Talk Like A Pirate Day, so join our ole heartie Dan Lombarrrdo, put on your best pirate gear and ...
09/19/2019

Ahoy, maties! Today be Talk Like A Pirate Day, so join our ole heartie Dan Lombarrrdo, put on your best pirate gear and give a ‘Yo ho ho’ of your own. (In the spirit of full disclosure, Dan might have been going for a cowboy look – we’re really not sure!)
Photo from the Amherst Record Collection.
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To prepare for Guacamole Day on September 16, this Amherst Record photograph shows one young patron checking his height ...
09/12/2019

To prepare for Guacamole Day on September 16, this Amherst Record photograph shows one young patron checking his height against the avocado plant in the Children’s’ Room at the North Amherst Library.
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The Jones Library originally opened in the Amherst House on September 7, 1921. This is the Reading Room, which had previ...
09/05/2019

The Jones Library originally opened in the Amherst House on September 7, 1921. This is the Reading Room, which had previously been the Dining Room for the hotel guests. (By this point the hotel was closed and the upper floors had been converted into apartments.)
#throwbackthursday

Our new exhibit is going up around town today! Our wonderful project assistant Victoria helped install the panels she an...
08/29/2019

Our new exhibit is going up around town today! Our wonderful project assistant Victoria helped install the panels she and our department spent so much time working on. Here’s the one at A.J. Hastings. Check out all nine! @ Jones Library

Just in time for back to school, we have a throwback to the old Kids Room! By looking at the current department, can you...
08/29/2019

Just in time for back to school, we have a throwback to the old Kids Room! By looking at the current department, can you figure out where this picture was taken?
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The Burgess Room was created during the 1966-67 renovation by adding a loft to the auditorium space. It was named for Jo...
08/22/2019

The Burgess Room was created during the 1966-67 renovation by adding a loft to the auditorium space. It was named for John and Ruth Burgess who bequeathed money, personal papers, and some of Ruth’s artwork to the Jones. The Burgesses also had familial ties with our founder, Samuel Minot Jones.
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43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA
01002

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Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 14:00 - 17:00

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