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.

Do you think Helen Hunt Jackson also used this pen to write her poems? 🤔January by Helen Hunt JacksonO Winter! frozen...
01/05/2019

Do you think Helen Hunt Jackson also used this pen to write her poems? 🤔

January by Helen Hunt Jackson

O Winter! frozen pulse and heart of fire,
What loss is theirs who from thy kingdom turn
Dismayed, and think thy snow a sculptured urn
Of death! Far sooner in midsummer tire
The streams than under ice. June could not hire
Her roses to forego the strength they learn
In sleeping on thy breast. No fires can burn
The bridges thou dost lay where men desire
In vain to build.
O Heart, when Love’s sun goes
To northward, and the sounds of singing cease,
Keep warm by inner fires, and rest in peace.
Sleep on content, as sleeps the patient rose.
Walk boldly on the white untrodden snows,
The winter is the winter’s own release.

We’re getting the new year started with this gorgeous image of the waterfall at Puffers Pond, captured by Robert Coffi...
01/03/2019

We’re getting the new year started with this gorgeous image of the waterfall at Puffers Pond, captured by Robert Coffin on a glass plate negative circa 1965. #throwbackthursday

Snowy night view of Pleasant Street, looking south from the Post Office.  Lincoln Barnes used a 10-minute exposure when ...
12/27/2018

Snowy night view of Pleasant Street, looking south from the Post Office. Lincoln Barnes used a 10-minute exposure when he took this photo at 11 pm on March 2, 1929 - that is why the headlights of an approaching car in the center of the picture appear as a line of light.
#throwbackthursday

Though many modern velocipedes have been put away for the season, this May 1881 photo of the Amherst Bicycle Club - comp...
12/20/2018

Though many modern velocipedes have been put away for the season, this May 1881 photo of the Amherst Bicycle Club - complete with penny-farthing - reminds us that warmer weather will be here before we know it!
#throwbackthursday

Taken by Edgar Scott, this photo is identified as Baxter Eastman's ice pond on Montague Road in North Amherst.#throwback...
12/13/2018

Taken by Edgar Scott, this photo is identified as Baxter Eastman's ice pond on Montague Road in North Amherst.
#throwbackthursday

As Amherst ushers in the next phase of Town Government, we harken back to the past with this document – the warrant fo...
12/06/2018

As Amherst ushers in the next phase of Town Government, we harken back to the past with this document – the warrant for the first meeting in the Third (or East) Precinct of Hadley, September 1735. By 1754 the area was the Second Precinct of Hadley, and an Act passed on February 13, 1759 declared it an independent district by the name of Amherst. The first Amherst Town Meeting was held on March 19, 1759.
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This autumnal tableau is so realistic it’s hard to believe it is a miniature scene created for the 1959 UMass Flower S...
11/29/2018

This autumnal tableau is so realistic it’s hard to believe it is a miniature scene created for the 1959 UMass Flower Show. (Photo by Lincoln Barnes)
#throwbackthursday

We’re hard at work creating an exhibit of Amherst history for the Town Council Inauguration on Sunday. Here’s a snea...
11/29/2018

We’re hard at work creating an exhibit of Amherst history for the Town Council Inauguration on Sunday. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the posters we’re creating. We’re so honored to be part of this important occasion and to celebrate Amherst’s past as the Town enters a new phase of its future. Hope to see you December 2nd at 1pm at the Amherst Regional High School.

Happy Thanksgiving from Special Collections! (Do you think the chicken is showing moral support or thanking her lucky st...
11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving from Special Collections! (Do you think the chicken is showing moral support or thanking her lucky stars?)

Photograph taken around 1880 by Clifton Johnson.
#throwbackthursday

Happy 142nd birthday to our first director, Charles R. Green! 🎈 🎉 Green served as director of the Jones Library fr...
11/19/2018

Happy 142nd birthday to our first director, Charles R. Green! 🎈 🎉 Green served as director of the Jones Library from 1921 to 1954. After his retirement, he continued to work at the Library as the Special Collections curator for several years.

Come to the BEST BOOK SALE EVER! We'll have some great deals for you.
11/16/2018

Come to the BEST BOOK SALE EVER! We'll have some great deals for you.

Since November is Native American Heritage Month, this #throwbackthursday is dedicated to Dr. Charles Eastman. He was bo...
11/15/2018

Since November is Native American Heritage Month, this #throwbackthursday is dedicated to Dr. Charles Eastman. He was born as Hakadah (later renamed Ohiyesa) in Minnesota in 1858. Eastman went on to become a doctor, author, and lecturer. He and his wife, Elaine Goodale – herself an advocate for Native Americans – lived in Amherst for many years. (Portrait by Frank Waugh)

Today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day! Our spotlight exhibit in the Atrium shows how the residents of Amherst ...
11/11/2018

Today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day! Our spotlight exhibit in the Atrium shows how the residents of Amherst marked the occasion at home and abroad.

With help from Mike and the Town of Amherst, MA’s fabulous IT department, we scanned this Olmsted Brothers blueprint o...
11/09/2018

With help from Mike and the Town of Amherst, MA’s fabulous IT department, we scanned this Olmsted Brothers blueprint of the Cook Memorial Fountain for the DPW! We love making history more available, especially when it involves collaboration among our Town departments!

On November 12, 1918, Amherst celebrated the armistice that heralded the end of WWI. More than 300 Amherst men were invo...
11/08/2018

On November 12, 1918, Amherst celebrated the armistice that heralded the end of WWI. More than 300 Amherst men were involved in the ‘Great War.’
#throwbackthursday

In celebration of National Author’s Day, here are four Amherst authors! Clockwise from top left: Robert McClung, Helen...
11/01/2018

In celebration of National Author’s Day, here are four Amherst authors! Clockwise from top left: Robert McClung, Helen Hunt Jackson, Ray Stannard Baker, and Howard Garis (with Uncle Wiggly).
#throwbackthursday

These kids proudly display their pumpkin designs at the Amherst Pumpkin Contest on October 25, 1972. #throwbackthursday
10/25/2018

These kids proudly display their pumpkin designs at the Amherst Pumpkin Contest on October 25, 1972.
#throwbackthursday

This picture was taken by Lincoln Barnes on ‘Town Government Day’ October 20, 1959 as part of Amherst’s Bicentenni...
10/18/2018

This picture was taken by Lincoln Barnes on ‘Town Government Day’ October 20, 1959 as part of Amherst’s Bicentennial Week celebration. (Nearly everyone in the photo is identified with the exception of Florence Nightingale in the bottom right corner, so if you know who she is please let us know.) #throwbackthursday

October 16th is Dictionary Day, the 260th anniversary of the birth of Noah Webster, who lived here in Amherst from 1812 ...
10/11/2018

October 16th is Dictionary Day, the 260th anniversary of the birth of Noah Webster, who lived here in Amherst from 1812 to 1822.
To commemorate the day, close your eyes, open a dictionary and put your finger on the page - wherever your finger lands you must use that word sometime during the day. For a taste of history, stop by Special Collections on the 16th and use the 1858 edition of Webster’s dictionary pictured here to find your word.
#throwbackthursday

10/09/2018

Special Collections will be open today, October 9th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Kids and animals pose for a picture on the Common during the Lions’ Club Pet Parade. The photograph was taken by Linco...
10/04/2018

Kids and animals pose for a picture on the Common during the Lions’ Club Pet Parade. The photograph was taken by Lincoln Barnes in the 1930s. #throwbackthursday

Clifton Johnson took this photograph of an apple orchard off Bay Road in Amherst, with Mount Norwottuck visible in the b...
09/27/2018

Clifton Johnson took this photograph of an apple orchard off Bay Road in Amherst, with Mount Norwottuck visible in the background. #throwbackthursday

09/26/2018

Special Collections will be open today, September 26, from 10am to 2pm.

09/20/2018

Our spotlight exhibit has moved to the Atrium where it is more accessible to library patrons. Just in time for tomorrow’s 80th anniversary of the Hurricane of 1938 as photos and news articles about the event are featured this month.

Eighty years ago today the Hurricane of 1938 swept through Amherst.  This picture, taken by Lincoln Barnes on September ...
09/20/2018

Eighty years ago today the Hurricane of 1938 swept through Amherst. This picture, taken by Lincoln Barnes on September 21, 1938, shows just how close the young Jones Library came to disaster. #throwbackthursday

09/20/2018

Special Collections will be open today, September 20th from 10am to 2pm.

To go along with last week’s #throwbackthursday featuring the high school football team, this week we have the Amherst...
09/13/2018

To go along with last week’s #throwbackthursday featuring the high school football team, this week we have the Amherst Regional High School’s Cheerleaders from 1982.

Football season is just getting underway this year so to get you in the spirit, here’s a group photo of the Amherst Hi...
09/11/2018

Football season is just getting underway this year so to get you in the spirit, here’s a group photo of the Amherst High School football team taken around the turn of the 20th century. #throwbackthursday

Ready for a new school year? This teacher is thrilled about children returning to her classroom.  #throwbackthursday
08/30/2018

Ready for a new school year? This teacher is thrilled about children returning to her classroom.
#throwbackthursday

Amherst Record, May 26, 1971 – Kids with their pet hen and her offspring.  Hmmm… something doesn’t look quite righ...
08/23/2018

Amherst Record, May 26, 1971 – Kids with their pet hen and her offspring. Hmmm… something doesn’t look quite right here! 😉

(The car in last week’s photo is a De Soto, and it was owned by Scotty Hubbard.)

Check out the horn on this car! Can you tell what kind of car it is?  Find the answer in next week’s Throwback Thursda...
08/16/2018

Check out the horn on this car! Can you tell what kind of car it is? Find the answer in next week’s Throwback Thursday post.
#throwbackthursday

Thanks to everyone who suggested a name or voted! The winning name for our new mural is Elephantastic!
08/11/2018

Thanks to everyone who suggested a name or voted! The winning name for our new mural is Elephantastic!

Celebrating Massachusetts’s tercentenary in 1930, the North Amherst Men’s Club created this float titled “Old Blac...
08/09/2018

Celebrating Massachusetts’s tercentenary in 1930, the North Amherst Men’s Club created this float titled “Old Blacksmith Shop.” The horse looks rather resigned to the entire affair…
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Created by the community, named by the community. This mural now on display was created by Amherst community members and...
08/02/2018

Created by the community, named by the community. This mural now on display was created by Amherst community members and Judie’s Art Bar during the 2018 ArtWeek MA. And now you get to help name it! Submit your name suggestion in the comments by August 9. Kids will vote for their favorite name at the end of summer reading party on August 11.

To celebrate Coloring Book Day, we present the colorful front of a trade card used by W. H. H. Morgan of Amherst to adve...
08/02/2018

To celebrate Coloring Book Day, we present the colorful front of a trade card used by W. H. H. Morgan of Amherst to advertise the Diamond Dyes that he sold in his shop in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
#throwbackthursday

This summer has gone to the dogs! Our August spotlight exhibit features dogs from our collections. Pictured here is Pedr...
08/01/2018

This summer has gone to the dogs! Our August spotlight exhibit features dogs from our collections. Pictured here is Pedro, the childhood toy of Elinor Andrews.

Here’s an historic view of the dam at Factory Brook in North Amherst. It’s now known as Puffers Falls at Puffers Pon...
07/26/2018

Here’s an historic view of the dam at Factory Brook in North Amherst. It’s now known as Puffers Falls at Puffers Pond. Photo by Clifton Johnson.
#throwbackthursday

Our newest addition to the Fine Arts Collection!
07/26/2018

Our newest addition to the Fine Arts Collection!

Awesome Tiny Canvas mural at the Jones Library.

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07/25/2018

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Ladies dressed for a lawn fête held by the Amherst Historical Society on July 21, 1930. Rather different dress than you...
07/19/2018

Ladies dressed for a lawn fête held by the Amherst Historical Society on July 21, 1930. Rather different dress than you see at a summer party today!
#throwbackthursday

Help the Jones Library reach our fundraising goal! Consider making a donation today. Thank you so much for all of your s...
07/17/2018

Help the Jones Library reach our fundraising goal! Consider making a donation today. Thank you so much for all of your support.

Did you know Emily Dickinson's poems have been translated into dozens of languages? We have examples of translations in ...
07/14/2018

Did you know Emily Dickinson's poems have been translated into dozens of languages? We have examples of translations in 19 different languages. Here's one of Dickinson's more famous poems translated into Croatian. Can you guess which poem it is?

We had a lovely visit this morning from young writers in the Jones Library Kids Room program, Writing with Miss Emily. T...
07/12/2018

We had a lovely visit this morning from young writers in the Jones Library Kids Room program, Writing with Miss Emily. They all loved the diorama of Emily Dickinson's bedroom. Stop by to see why!

Amateur Rocketeer Club takeoff, from the Amherst Record, July 16, 1969. Featured here are Dow Holden (14) and Raymond Ci...
07/12/2018

Amateur Rocketeer Club takeoff, from the Amherst Record, July 16, 1969. Featured here are Dow Holden (14) and Raymond Cicia (11) testing the model rocket and space capsules the club built.
#throwbackthursday

Lady Liberty presides over Fourth of July celebrations in Amherst. We in Special Collections hope that you had a fun and...
07/05/2018

Lady Liberty presides over Fourth of July celebrations in Amherst. We in Special Collections hope that you had a fun and safe Fourth of July!
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