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.

Charles Green, our first Library Director, was born on 19 November 1876. He began a proud legacy here at the Jones – n...
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 esta...
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 ...
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 th...
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 w...
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.)
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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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It’s Relaxation Day, so find yourself a comfy chair and curl up with a good book or some nice music – LPs are not re...
08/15/2019

It’s Relaxation Day, so find yourself a comfy chair and curl up with a good book or some nice music – LPs are not required. These folks are relaxing in the former AV Listening Room.
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Today we join these fun-loving children riding off on their trusty steed toward untold adventures. You can still find th...
08/08/2019

Today we join these fun-loving children riding off on their trusty steed toward untold adventures. You can still find that horse in the Children’s Department. Photograph from the Amherst Record Collection.
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We’re only throwing it back a couple years this week to celebrate World Wide Web Day. So come visit our friendly Refer...
08/01/2019

We’re only throwing it back a couple years this week to celebrate World Wide Web Day. So come visit our friendly Reference Room and spend some time adding another string or two to your own web of knowledge!
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On July 25, 1927 the ground was broken for the new Jones Library building. Here we see Library Trustee John Tyler and hi...
07/25/2019

On July 25, 1927 the ground was broken for the new Jones Library building. Here we see Library Trustee John Tyler and his trusty (though unfortunately unidentified) assistant wielding their spades while the steam shovel operator behind them patiently awaits his turn.
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The North Amherst Library became a branch of the Jones Library System on July 20, 1925. As the North Amherst Library Ass...
07/18/2019

The North Amherst Library became a branch of the Jones Library System on July 20, 1925. As the North Amherst Library Association was founded in 1869 and the library building itself opened in 1893, the North Amherst Library is actually much older than the Jones.
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Have you ever wanted to see the rough draft of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods”? Tonight’s your chance to...
07/18/2019

Have you ever wanted to see the rough draft of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods”? Tonight’s your chance to see it in person during An Evening of Frost! Stephen Collins will read and discuss Frost poems and the original manuscript of one of Frost’s most famous poems will be on view. Join us tonight at 6:30pm.
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Did you know there used to be a stagecoach in the basement of the Jones Library? There really was, and Charles Green’s...
07/11/2019

Did you know there used to be a stagecoach in the basement of the Jones Library? There really was, and Charles Green’s grandson told us that he remembers playing in it as a child! The stagecoach was relocated to Historic Deerfield in the 1960s.
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A page from the 1940 Jones Library scrapbook lists all the library events from July and includes the Independence Day ho...
07/04/2019

A page from the 1940 Jones Library scrapbook lists all the library events from July and includes the Independence Day holiday – and an exhibit of original Walt Disney illustrations! Listing all the library events in a month today would take up many more scrapbook pages.
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After leading the Jones Library for 33 years, Charles R. Green retired as director on June 30, 1954. Green’s involveme...
06/27/2019

After leading the Jones Library for 33 years, Charles R. Green retired as director on June 30, 1954. Green’s involvement with the library was so complete that during construction of the Jones he and Trustee John Tyler traveled the countryside to find some of the stones for the outside of the building! (Can you find the stone he’s holding in the building today? If you find it, show us a picture and we’ll give you a prize!) #throwbackthursday

Any ideas what this contraption is?The image is from the Clifton Johnson Collection among his photographs of museum obje...
06/20/2019

Any ideas what this contraption is?
The image is from the Clifton Johnson Collection among his photographs of museum objects. We haven’t a clue what this is and welcome any guesses.

The former Boltwood Room (now the main office), named after Amherst librarian and local historian Lucius M. Boltwood. Bo...
06/20/2019

The former Boltwood Room (now the main office), named after Amherst librarian and local historian Lucius M. Boltwood. Boltwood’s large collection of materials formed the foundation of The Lucius M. Boltwood Historical and Genealogical Collection, currently housed in Special Collections. #throwbackthursday

All set up to exhibit at the Town of Amherst’s Juneteenth Celebration!....#amherstma #juneteenth #joneslibrarycentenni...
06/19/2019

All set up to exhibit at the Town of Amherst’s Juneteenth Celebration!
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Dr. Emily Hamilton is here at the Jones to talk about the 1919 Spanish Influenza Epidemic. Without the flu, there wouldn...
06/18/2019

Dr. Emily Hamilton is here at the Jones to talk about the 1919 Spanish Influenza Epidemic. Without the flu, there wouldn’t be a Jones Library!

Happy Flag Day! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸Do you remember when this flagpole was still on the Town Common?...
06/14/2019

Happy Flag Day! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Do you remember when this flagpole was still on the Town Common? Bonus points if you know where it is now!

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As the school year comes to an end, remember that the Jones Library Children’s Department has lots to offer during tho...
06/13/2019

As the school year comes to an end, remember that the Jones Library Children’s Department has lots to offer during those hot summer days! (Picture from the Amherst Record collection.) #throwbackthursday

This week we aren’t travelling too far back in time - only to 2011 for this lovely view of the gardens around our fron...
06/06/2019

This week we aren’t travelling too far back in time - only to 2011 for this lovely view of the gardens around our front entrance.
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World Bicycle Day is coming up on June 3 – are you ready? This young man is, though he might not cycle in the library ...
05/30/2019

World Bicycle Day is coming up on June 3 – are you ready? This young man is, though he might not cycle in the library driveway today!
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A group of nursery school children on a field trip to the Jones in 1936, photographed by Lincoln Barnes. #throwbackthurs...
05/23/2019

A group of nursery school children on a field trip to the Jones in 1936, photographed by Lincoln Barnes.
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For Biographers’ Day we give you Ray Stannard Baker, who wrote part of his multi-volume biography of President Woodrow...
05/16/2019

For Biographers’ Day we give you Ray Stannard Baker, who wrote part of his multi-volume biography of President Woodrow Wilson here at the Jones. Baker is seated at his desk in his favorite third-floor study.
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It’s Get Caught Reading Month! Here we’ve caught one of the very first patrons reading in the new Jones Library buil...
05/09/2019

It’s Get Caught Reading Month! Here we’ve caught one of the very first patrons reading in the new Jones Library building – this picture was taken on the day the building opened, November 1, 1928.
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Here’s a photo you probably haven’t seen before - an interior of the Jones Library when it first opened in the Amher...
05/09/2019

Here’s a photo you probably haven’t seen before - an interior of the Jones Library when it first opened in the Amherst House. Want to hear stories about the Jones you probably haven’t heard before? Join us tomorrow (Thursday) night at 7pm as Bruce Watson shares some of our library’s 100 year history! You can also buy a copy of his new book, Hearth and Soul: The Jones Library at 100!
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The snow has melted, the flowers are blooming, the trees are budding – spring is finally here! To celebrate, we presen...
05/02/2019

The snow has melted, the flowers are blooming, the trees are budding – spring is finally here! To celebrate, we present this photo of our own backyard taken in 1933 by prolific Amherst photographer Lincoln Barnes.
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Our new book is now out on the shelves ready for you to check out - literally!
05/01/2019

Our new book is now out on the shelves ready for you to check out - literally!

Check out our book!! To celebrate our centennial, we published a new history of the Jones Library. Written by Bruce Wats...
04/30/2019

Check out our book!! To celebrate our centennial, we published a new history of the Jones Library. Written by Bruce Watson, copies are now available for sale in the Library Office. And on May 9, Bruce will be here to give a book talk and sign copies. (Copies will be in circulation very soon, but wouldn’t you rather own this lovely piece of history?)

Thank you to Amherst College for once again hosting the Sammy Awards, this year at Converse Hall, formerly the Converse ...
04/25/2019

Thank you to Amherst College for once again hosting the Sammy Awards, this year at Converse Hall, formerly the Converse Memorial Library. This undated photo taken by Lincoln Barnes shows several people (and one dog) enjoying a sunny day on the steps of the building. We hope you’ll be walking up those same steps tonight on your way to the 6th Annual Sammy Awards!
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Author of the upcoming book on history of the Jones Library, Bruce Watson is receiving a special Centennial Sammy this y...
04/18/2019

Author of the upcoming book on history of the Jones Library, Bruce Watson is receiving a special Centennial Sammy this year. Seen here is an early proof of the book cover. The book will be released next week at the Sammys. After that, it will be available for purchase at the Jones, so stop by and pick up your copy of the finished product!
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