SMU Club Football Started in 1985

URC083001The SMU, or Southeastern Massachusetts University* Board of Trustees voted on February 28, 1985 to approve a proposal to develop for the first time, a Club Football Program at the university.  The New England Club Football Conference operated outside of the NCAA and included, at that time, teams from Merrimack College, MIT, Roger Williams College, UMass Boston, Stonehill College, Bentley College, Providence College, Worcester State College, and Assumption College.  URC083004The proposal was put forward to SMU President John Brazil in January of that year by the Dean of Students, Celestino Macedo, on behalf of the SMU student body, who originally initiated the idea.   In December of 1984, SMU Student Senate had voted unanimously to establish Club Football as a student organization funded by student fees; and by January 1985 they had gathered over 2,600 signatures on a petition in support of the proposal.

URC083002With approval gained, ads went out in and in April 1985 the university hired a coaching staff.  Coach Paul Harrison, who had enjoyed great success as an assistant coach of the Middleboro High School from 1970-1983 and defensive coordinator for the Dennis-Yarmouth High school football program from 1983-1984, was hired as head coach, with assistants Steve Popielarz, Charles Connell, Vin Mello and Ray Cabral.

Their first game was against Providence College, which they won 14-12.  The Corsairs went on to have a winning season – six wins and two losses.  Their third game, against Roger Williams, was cancelled due to Hurricane Gloria.  It was rescheduled for the end of the season, but ended up negating their chances to play in the National playoffs because of the schedule conflict.  They did, however, defeat Roger Williams, and shared the conference title with Providence College.  The Homecoming game was October 19 against MIT, one of their two losses.  At this year’s homecoming festivities, the Athletics Department and Corsairs Hall of Fame is hosting a reunion of the 1985 team, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the football program at UMD/SMU.


The Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections preserve a series of memoranda from SMU President John Brazil’s records, from 1985, with details about the proposal and early formation of the football program.   The archives also maintain a souvenir program from the 1985 season, as well as several other souvenir programs, which contains a wealth of information.  For questions, contact archivist Judy Farrar at

* Southeastern Massachusetts University is the former institutional name for UMass Dartmouth, which was used from 1969-1991.

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Winthrop C. Durfee Personal and Business Papers, 1890-1930

durfee1The Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections at UMass Dartmouth would like to announce a recently opened collection, MC 166, the Winthrop C. Durfee Personal and Business Papers, 1890-1930. This collection documents the history of Winthrop C. Durfee and his self-named business, The Durfee Dye Business, which was located in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. The collection was purchased in 2008 with private funds provided by the Osborne Fund, a Textile Science Foundation account.

Winthrop C. Durfee was born on April 23, 1858 in Fall River, MA. Durfee attended Fall River Public Schools and later completed his education at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Durfee graduated from college in 1878 and returned to Fall River where he became employed at a local cotton mill. In 1881, Durfee married Sylvie Whitney of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. They had three children together; Walter Chaloner Durfee, Philip Sherwood Durfee, and Pauline Elizabeth Durfee. Durfee was also able to trace his ancestry back to the first settlement of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts Bay. Winthrop C. Durfee died on September 19, 1929 at 71 years old in his home located on 1 Dane Street, Jamaica Plain.

durfee2The collection pertains to Durfee’s career as an independent chemist and consultant who advised his clients in the mills and local textile industry about the purchase of dyewoods, dyes, waxes, and dextrin which he would procure for his contacts. The collection contains letters, reports, extensive correspondence, invoices from suppliers, invoices to clients, orders from clients, tests and samples of dyed materials, Durfee’s personal chemistry notes and calculations as well as product catalogs and miscellaneous artifacts. The Durfee Dye Business, was one of the last members of the Guild of Drysalters which had been founded in the Middle Ages. Durfee and his employees performed a number of dyeing’s under controlled circumstances in order to learn and demonstrate the effects of his chromate mordant with wool dyeing. Durfee promoted his chromate mordant throughout WWI and its consistent use and color results was demonstrated on military uniforms.


Due to Durfee’s success in his field he was nicknamed the “Tartar King” by his associates. Durfee was very involved with professional organizations regarding the dye business. His professional associations included the Drysalters Club, an association of chemical and dye dealers in New England and of whom Durfee served as President in 1921. Others included the Engineers Club of Boston, The American Chemical Society, of which he was a councilor of the Northeastern section between 1919 and 1929, and he was a founding member and treasurer of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists in 1921. Durfee’s offices were located at 516 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA.

Rachel Breen, Graduate Student Intern, Simmons College School of Library and Information Science

The collection sheds light on business practice in the early 20th century, as well the history of allied fields in the textile industry.   For more information or to access the collection please contact Judy Farrar at the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections at  The finding aid is available online at

Rachel is pursuing her master’s degree in Library and Information Science through the school’s new online MLIS program.  She lives in Bourne, Massachusetts and works part time at the Elizabeth Taber Library in Marion, MA.  She tackled the processing of this large and complex collection to fulfill a 130-hour field study for Archives Management.

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70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Concentration Camps

Text by Cynthia Yoken; Layout by Judy Farrar

Seventy years ago, while the Germans were in retreat, American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camps. It was April, 1945, one month before the end of the war in Europe. A number of local veterans took part in the liberation. Their stories are preserved in the Archives of the Center for Jewish Culture at the Claire T. Carney Library, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Dachau-1945_3-5x8The first camp to be liberated was the concentration camp of Buchenwald, located near Weimar, Germany. The camp was liberated on April 11, 1945 by the soldiers in the Sixth Armored Division of the US Third Army, commanded by George S. Patton. There were about 21,000 prisoners at Buchenwald on the day it was liberated, including approximately 4,000 Jewish prisoners who were survivors from the death camps in Poland. There were also 904 children under the age of 17, many of whom were orphans. The most famous survivor from Buchenwald is the acclaimed author, Elie Wiesel.Rego-group_4x5crop
Some of the local liberators of Buchenwald from our area were Judge Milton Silva, Lucien Rego, and Martin Damgaard.
Milton Silva was born in Fall River in 1923 and was drafted while he was attending the Boston School of Anatomy Embalming. He was in the medical battalion as part of the 8th armored division, and then ended up with the 104th Infantry Division. He arrived in Europe in March 1945 and was the truck driver for his outfit. As he approached Buchenwald, there was a stench of death that the soldiers could smell. It was a shock for him upon entering the gates at Buchenwald and seeing people practically naked with the little clothes they wore, torn and dirty, looking like skeletons. Also there were stacks of bodes outside the crematoria and not fully consumed bodies in the ovens. There were people walking around sort of like walking skeletons, not saying much and some were crying. Milton Silva was a Medic in the field Milton-Silva-2004_3x3-5cropwith the 120th Evacuation hospital. He helped those who needed medical help. As a truck driver, he went to get food and clothing. He was sent out to help the 150th evacuation hospital move into Nordhausen Concentration Camp, a sub-camp to Buchenwald. He finally ended up in Cham taking care of displaced people. He didn’t stay in Buchenwald very long because the primary illness there was tuberculosis and they needed doctors trained in that disease.
Lucien Rego was born in Fall River on April 15, 1925. Mr. Rego was drafted into the army on August 6, 1943. He spent most of the war overseas as a Private, PFC, seeing combat with the 5th armored division as a Demolition Man. From January to June 1944 he was responsible for packing parachutes on the planes with ammunition in front for the underground in England. He was with a tank force and also fought in the Battle of the Bulge from theLucien-Rego-2005_3x3-5crop 16th of December until January. As he approached Buchenwald in late March 1945, he remarked about the odor all around. His group was there long enough to take pictures. This was a camp of all men.
Lt. Col. Martin Jens Damgaard, the father of Neil Damgaard, Protestant chaplain at UMass Dartmouth was a camouflage engineer with the 602nd Camouflage Battalion of General Hodges’ First Army. He went ashore on Omaha Beach with his unit and was in and out of the Bunker in Berlin. Captain Damgaard was also one of the liberators of the Buchenwald Liberator_Addition_3x3-5cropConcentration Camp arriving there on day one of the liberation of the camp. After the war, Martin Damgaard worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers for the rest of his career until his retirement in 1973.

The Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp was voluntarily turned over to the Allied 21st army group, a combined British-Canadian unit on April 15, 1945 by Heinrich Himmler who was in charge of all the camps. Abe and Freida Landau who came to New Bedford in 1950 were prisoners in this camp.
The liberation of Dachau by the US Seventh Army occurred on April 29, 1945 one week before the end of World War II in Europe. Two divisions of the Seventh Army, the 42nd Rainbow Division and the 45th Thunderbird Division, participated in the liberation, while the 20th Armored Division provided support. The 101st Tank Battalion was attached to the 45th Thunderbird Division. The 101st Tank Battalion arrived in Dachau at 9:30 am on April 29th. The local liberators of Dachau were Eli Heimberg (with the Rainbow Division), Nate Barry, Walter Lalor, Col. John Richmond Kinney, Jr., and Norman Chartier.
Eli-Heimberg-2004_3x3-5cropEli Heimberg was born in Chelsea , Ma and his family moved to Yonkers, NY from where he was drafted. He entered the camp with Chaplain Eli Bohnen and the first thing they saw were mounds, 10, 15 feet high of clothing, and shoes. They went into the Jewish barracks and saw people who were gaunt. Captain Bohnen introduced himself to the prisoners who had been liberated that morning. He took names and addresses of people they wanted to contact. It was April 29, 1945. Before going into the barracks, they saw railroad cars with the prisoners dressed in ill-clad, striped pajama. Mr. Heimberg recalled a picture in his mind of a man sitting dead with his eyes opened . Eli Heimberg was with the 42nd infantry division and his job was as an aide and assistant to the chaplain.
Nate Barry was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on April 7, 1925. Nate was drafted into the army along with the entire graduating class from Quincy High school in1943. In the army Nate-&-Judy-Barry-2003_3x3-5crophe was in the Armored Infantry Patrol. Nate was on an open-top tank with a 105 Harronson Locomotive and in the right corner of the tank was a turret. Mounted on that turret was a 50-caliber machine which Nate operated. Nate’s outfit landed on Omaha Beach in July 1944. He fought in the battle of Ramangan Bridge, on the Arno Rive and their last big fight was an SS outfit outside of Munich. Nate’s outfit arrived at Dachau about an hour after the first troops. They were on a 2-lane road and as they were going along, they suddenly saw ghost-like figures in the striped uniform, in striped outfits, screaming on both sides of the road. They were Polish. They were alive, hardly healthy, but as soon as the gates were opened, they just got out, and they wanted to get out. When they approached the camp, Nate saw a little boy standing at the fence and gave him his chocolate from the sea ration. Then the Medics came by and said not to feed them. Nate explained that the camp itself was unbelievable; he was looking at carloads of skeletons and pits full of bodies and he didn’t know the extent of what they had done. Dachau was only 12 miles out of Munich so they went there to get dignitaries to show them. The same name on the gate as in the other concentration camps was here, “Arbeit Mach Frei,” and Nate said the camp was terrible to see.
Walter-Lalor-2011Walter Lalor was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on March 20, 1916. He was living in Framingham when he was drafted into the medical service branch. Walter was a bacteriologist in the medical corps. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and arrived in Dachau a week after it was liberated by the Third Army. Mr. Lalor was in the Sixth Army. He found the experience in Dachau very shocking and the chaos was out of this world, from his prospective, humanity destroying other humanity the way it did.
John Richmond Kinney Jr. was born on May 15, 1915. After graduating from Holy Family High School in 1932, he enlisted in the Battery “D”, Second Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard. When America entered World War II at the end of 194l, Mr. Kinney was selected to attend Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he received his commission as Second Lieutenant. He served stateside for several years, then in January 1945, he was deployed to France as a forward air observer in the 20th Armored Division. Kinney survived 3 airplane crashes while on reconnaissance missions. The 20th Armored Division was credited with the liberation of Dachau where Kinney witnessed firsthand the horrors of the Nazi regime. After the war, John Kinney returned to New Bedford and continued his military career in the National Guard. He was promoted to Colonel in 1965 and in 1969 he retired with the honorary rank of brigadier general. His grandson, Jonathan Mitchell, is the current mayor of New Bedford.
Norman Chartier was born in New Bedford in 1922 and was an active communicant and volunteer at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. Mr. Chartier was a dedicated soldier who served as a medic in the U.S. Army during World II. Norm was in the 4th Infantry Division which landed at Utah Beach in July 1944. His unit fought the Germans in France throughout 1944 and in 1945. His unit arrived in Dachau in May of 1945 just after it was liberated, but he saw the horrors of the Nazi atrocities and the after effects. As a docent at the Fort Taber Fort Rodman Military Museum, he enjoyed speaking to visitors about his war experiences. He was the Grand Marshall in the Veterans Parade in November 2014. He died on January 5, 2015.

Yankopolos-1944_4x4cropMauthausen was a concentration camp located in Austria for communist, political prisoners and German criminals. It was also an “end destination” for Jews from the death camps in Poland. On May 5, 1945, the official date of the liberation of this camp, a platoon of 23 men from the 11th Armored Division of the U.S. Third Army, led by staff sergeant Albert J. Kosieki, arrived at the main camp near the town of Mauthausen. The local liberator from New Bedford was Dr. Konstantine Yankopoulos.
Konstantine Yankopoulos was born in Votanion, Macedonia, Greece on April 15, 1916. He lived in Greece until he was 6 years old and then came to New Bedford. Dr. Yankopoulos was drafted in the army in 1942 after he finished medical school at BU. He was in the medical corps, serving as an anesthetist for anesthesia instead of a battalion aid surgeon. He landed in Normandy and he helped to set up the first field hospital there. After traveling through Northern Europe, he went into the camp of Ebensee in Southern Germany near the border of Austria and then one camp that he saw in detail, Mauthausen in Oberneubirchen, Austria at the end of the war in Europe. In Mauthausen he saw bodies piled up like cord wood alongside of the camp there. One of the victims was playing his hand organ, a little music box, way up on the tower and Dr. Yankopoulos cried because he was playing it so plaintively. Yankopoulos ran into people that survived who told him the hell they had gone through for the past 4 years and how they were either slave laborers or forced laborers and that they were treated badly. Some of these prisoners he saw were Jews and even Greek Jews from Salonika. When the war was over on May 9, 1945, he was in Austria at the Mauthausen camp.

For access to the transcripts of the interviews conducted with these liberators, or for information on the Archives of the Center for Jewish Culture’s oral history project, contact Judy Farrar at the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections at  For more information on the Archives of the Center for Jewish Culture, please consult the web site at

Cynthia Yoken’s text was also published in the Standard Times on April 19, 2015 at:

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The Omer E. and Laurette M. Boivin Center for French Language and Culture Founded April 1985

UMDPG_BxW_Proof_0512_Neg_24_8x8Dr. Omer E. Boivin, a prominent Fall River physician, was a life-long student of the French language and culture. He believed that Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth) represented the best opportunity to keep the French language alive, and to educate area residents about the culture and history of France. To that end, in April of 1985, on behalf of himself and his late wife Laurette M. Boivin, Dr. Boivin donated an annuity worth $100,000 for the creation of Omer E. and Laurette M. Boivin Center for French Language and Culture.  At left is a photograph of Dr. Boivin and SMU President Brazil announcing the gift at the SMU Board of Trustees Meeting, April 11, 1985.

The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture here at UMass Dartmouth promotes the teaching of and appreciation of French language and culture and acts as a Boivin001pressrelease1985catalyst for French studies at the university and in the region. The Center was founded to be an enduring symbol and constant testimonial to the interest of Omer E. and Laurette M. Boivin in the study, promotion, and preservation of French language and culture.

Dr. Boivin was born in Fall River in 1890, son of Stanislaus and Adeline (Dupuis) Boivin, who were both French Canadian immigrants. He was educated at Notre Dame College in Fall River, and attended Milton University in Baltimore and the University of Maryland Medical College, graduating in 1912. He began practicing medicine in 1913, but not full time until he returned to Fall River in 1921. He was a specialist in urology and surgery, serving as chief of the urological staff at St. Anne’s Hospital for over forty years.
Dr. Boivin was active in the French Canadian immigrant community. He was a charter member of the Richelieu Club in Fall River, and was member and vice president UMDPG_BxW_Proof_0505_Neg_25Aof L’Union St. Jean Baptistse d’Amerique and was its medical director from 1930-1934. Dr. Boivin maintained a long relationship with Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River and the Brothers of Christian Instruction who taught there. In 1987 he established a $100,000 scholarship fund. In October of 1985 he presented St. Anne’s Hospital with an endowment, and in 1987 presented a similar endowment to Charlton Memorial Hospital. Dr. Boivin died in 1989 at the age of 99.

Dr. Lewis Kamm, a professor of French literature and Computer Science, was appointed the Center’s first director. Founding board members of the Center were Dr. Douglas Douglas, Norman Zalkind, Dr. Kevin Hargreaves, Dr. Margaret Miller, Dr. James Place, and Dr. Melvin Yoken. Four local community member representatives were appointed to be on the Center’s board as well. They were Josephine Perrault, Armand Dellaire, Donald Dufour, and Lillian Lamoureux. The Center’s current director is Dr. Melvin Yoken, whose photo is to the right.


One of the Center’s first activities was to establish a certificate program in International Marketing/French. The Boivin Center has awarded scholarships annually to freshmen and upper classmen at UMass Dartmouth since 1997. Each year the Center sponsors several public programs highlighting French culture. Among the distinguished guests that they have invited to campus are Julia Child, Florence Delay, Jean-Claude Baker, Sophie Freud, Lucie Therrien, Josee Vachon, Frederique Hebrard and Louis Velle, Annie Royer, Art Buchwald, and Marcel Marceau.

The papers of Dr. Omer Boivin are in the Archives and Special Collections, MC 10.  For information on current programs, see the Boivin Center of French Culture and Language web site at UMass Dartmouth.


Guila Kessous and Kathleen Turner, 2014


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Digital Archives Launched at UMass Dartmouth

Image of student at loomThe Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections and the Library Systems and Digital Services Divisions are pleased to announce the public availability of the new UMass Dartmouth Library Digital Archives. At this time the collections available are the UMass Dartmouth Historical Images Collection, including over 400 images of UMass Dartmouth and its predecessor institutions from 1899 to the present; the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Archives, with  over 600 images of this historic schooner and the many individuals who have worked on or for her benefit; and a special exhibit on the Goulart-Ladino-Leal Families from the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives.

Digital Archives web pageThere are currently about 1,200 items in the Digital Archives, with more added daily as the collections are scanned, identified and uploaded. Eventually it will include all formats — images, audio, video, artwork, documents, finding aids, and artifacts — and represent all of the university records and manuscript collections in the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections.

While we have all been working hard to get this collection ready for the public, special thanks go to graduate student Sonja Drotar, who volunteered her time to create the online exhibit of the Goulart-Ladino-Leal Family papers, donated to the archives last year by Rosemary Pereira. Sonja is in her final semester of the Archives Management program at the Simmons School of Library and Information Science, where she will soon complete her Masters.  She created the exhibition as part of her practicum for Advanced Archives Management.IMG_0206

The Digital Archives may be accessed by following this link, or from the Archives and Special Collections web site:  Digital Archives at UMass Dartmouth.  Please email us at with questions or corrections.

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Chancellor Professor Naseer Aruri Memorial

AruriUMDPG_BxW_Proof_0617_Neg_36ASunday, April 12, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Woodland Commons
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.
Dartmouth, MA 02747

At left:  Dr. Aruri in his office at UMD, 1985

Dr. Naseer Aruri was Chancellor Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth from 1965 to 1998, including eight years as chair of the department. Dr. Aruri passed away on February 10.

Dr. Aruri was an internationally recognized scholar-activist and expert on Middle East politics, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and human rights. He is the author of numerous books and publications in this field. He served three consecutive terms as a member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, USA (1984-1990) and was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York-based Human Rights Watch/Middle East from 1990-1992. He was a Founding Member of the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR) in 1982 and a member of the editorial board of Third World Quarterly (London). He was a key participant in the drafting of the Arab Covenant of Human Rights under the auspices of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Justice in Italy in December, 1986. He was a member of the Independent Palestinian Commission for the Protection of Citizen’s Rights (Ramallah) and a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the International Institute for Criminal Investigations in The Hague. He has testified as an expert witness in U.S. Federal and Canadian Courts in cases dealing with political asylum and deportation.

The memorial celebration will include remarks from family members, colleagues and friends, as well as a video tribute on his life. A reception will follow.

Parking will be available in Lots 7 and 8 with shuttle service running to Woodland Commons.

RSVP to Kathy Beals at or 508.999.8015.

Selections from Dr. Aruri’s papers, donated to the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections in 2008, will also be on display. For more information on his papers, contact the university archivist, Judy Farrar at

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UMD Archives and the Open Content Alliance

americanmachinis00colv_0095americanmachinis00colv_0048For Open Access Week, I’d like to highlight a current project which makes many of our rare and fragile pre-1923 texts readily available online. Since 2008 the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections has sent selected older monographs from the library and archives to the scanning center at the Boston Public Library in Boston, where they were carefully digitized.  The books were returned to the library, but digital files were sent to the Internet Archive ( for inclusion in their massive online database of freely-accessible digital content.

To date, the Claire T. Carney Library has digitized 541 books, most of which were published before 1923, the cut-off date for items entering the public domain.  Total downloads for all of the books we have contributed is 34,292 times!  Which book boasts the most total downloads by the public?  It’s the 1914 edition of the American machinists’ handbook and dictionary of shop terms by Fred Colvin and Frank Stanley, with 11,022 downloads!  Two of the pages from the book are pictured above.  The direct link to this book is

There are seventeen other books which also show more than 5,000 downloads each.  They are:  the 1915, 1918, and 1921 Fall River City Directories, the 1906, 1909,1912, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1919, 1921, and 1923 New Bedford City DirectoriesLe guide officiel des Franco-Americains of 1921 and 1922, Tappet and Dobby Looms (1912) by Robert Thomas, Professor Sherif El-Wakil’s 1998 edition of the Processes and design of manufacturing, and a facsimile edition of Luis Vaz de Camoes’ 1572 Lusiads (1972).  Other titles available for viewing by online page-turner, or for download on a tablet or computer include the UMass Dartmouth yearbooks and catalogs from 1900-2002, the complete collection of Swain School of Design catalogs, and a large collection of textile education texts and textile mill technical manuals.

On their web site the Internet Archive “encourages libraries, content holders and the reading community at large, to have their printed materials non-destructively digitized and put online for the benefit of all.”  They claim to have digitized over 2.1 million books and microforms in 33 global scanning centers.  In 2007, the Boston Library Consortium [BLC] joined the Open Content Alliance [OCA], a collaboration of cultural, technology, non-profit and governmental institutions helping to build a permanent archive of digitized text and multimedia content.  Through the BLC’s participation, member libraries, including UMass Dartmouth, are provided discounted rates at the Northeast Regional Scanning Facility located at the Boston Public Library and contribute their digitized content to The Internet Archive, which administers the OCA program.

For more information on Open Access Week, go to

-Judy Farrar, Archives and Special Collections Librarian

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Archaeology Month: The Elihu Akin House, South Dartmouth

akin-house-dartmouthOctober is Archaeology Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Begun in 1992 as Archaeology Week, it is now a “month-long celebration of archaeology in Massachusetts and around the world. Museums, libraries, archaeologists, and many more people and institutions join Secretary Galvin and the State Archaeologist in hosting exhibits, lectures, walks, and events for adults, children, and teachers.”

To recognize Archaeology Month, the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections would like to highlight a collection acquired in late 2013 –the records and artifacts recovered from the Akin House Archaeology Project conducted by Dr. Christina Hodge. The Archives and Special Collections was chosen to be permanent custodian for the artifacts recovered from the site and received the collection from Dr. Hodge in December 2013.  According to state regulations, before a permit is granted to perform an archaeological investigation of a site within the Commonwealth, arrangements must be made for the disposition or display of artifacts, objects and specimens and their accompanying field and laboratory records recovered in an appropriate institution located within the Commonwealth.

The Elihu Akin House was built in 1762 in South Dartmouth on property that was originally part of Jacob Russell’s farm at 762 Dartmouth Street, at the intersection of Rockland Street, on what has been since the 18th century the main route to Ricketson’s Point peninsula. Job Mosher apparently built the house in 1762 as a wedding gift for his bride, Amy Akin. It changed hands after that until it was owned by Elihu Akin, her uncle, a local merchant who was once the proprietor of a thriving shipbuilding business in Padanarum Village (it was later burned by the British, leaving him destitute). It is currently managed by the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust.

According to the New Bedford Standard Times, in 2003, WHALE, the Waterfront Historic Area League of New Bedford, received approval for $185,000 from Community Preservation Act funds to purchase the house from Akin descendants. WHALE then raised $194,000 for emergency structural work and the home was transferred to the Dartmouth Historic Commission. In 2008, the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust leased the property from the Historic Commission and took over stewardship, receiving $195,000 in CPA funds to help finance the second phase of the repair work. Much of the house has now been restored, but work is ongoing. The Trust’s end goal, according to Diane Gilbert, is to someday “reopen the building as a ‘study house’ or living history center, educating the public about local history, Colonial times, and period building techniques.”

The Elihu Akin House Archaeology Project was accomplished over two periods in the summers of 2008 and 2009 under the direction of Dr. Christina Hodge, with the assistance of her students in UMass Dartmouth Soc/Ant 180 – “Historical Archaeology of New England” and Soc/Ant 407 “Field Inquiry.”  During the investigations a total of 6,973 artifacts and fragments were recovered during the 2008 season and 3,820 in the 2009 season for a total of 10,793 artifacts and fragments.

All 10,793 artifacts and fragments have been catalogued and are available for access, along with the final report and photographs, in the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections at UMass Dartmouth. The final report is also available as an electronic document by request. Access to the collection is not restricted, but does require an appointment. Please contact Judy Farrar at or 508-999-8686.

For more information on Archaeology Month, see the Secretary of State’s web site at <>

For an update on the Akin House, consult the Standard Times article at or contact the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust.

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September 11 Memorial Preserved in the Archives

DSCN0305 500pxIn 2001, at the September 20 AHA night in downtown New Bedford, College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) students and faculty invited the public to join them in the creation of a three-week public memorial to the victims of the tragic attacks on September 11.

Participants were invited to write private prayers enclosed in rice paper envelopes that were hung on strings throughout the Star Store’s atrium. Although the installation was public, each individual’s expression was private, contained within a folded and stitched, envelope-like form. All the materials necessary to create a paper prayer were available, including pre-cut rice paper and natural elements, such as leaves and sticks (attached once the paper was folded).

The prayers were on view for three weeks at the Star Store, and many more were added to the display during this time.  Before his retirement, former CVPA Gallery Director Lasse Antonsen transferred the entire collection of hundreds of prayers to the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, where they are now permanently preserved.  Archives Assistant Karen Correia spent hours this past spring untangling the strings attached to the delicate paper prayers.  They are now stored in acid-free boxes with transparent lids so that one can easily view the contents and get an idea of the scope of the memorial without taking them out of the boxes.

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For more information, contact Judy Farrar at the Archives and Special Collections <>.

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World War I Remembered Through the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives


August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, in 1914.  The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives recently received a donation from Rosemary Pereira which includes documents related to World War I soldier Walter Goulart. There are photographs, letters he wrote while attending training camps in the United States, and other documents, all related to the time he served as a member of the armed forces. Private Goulart was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on February 1, 1895 to Azorean immigrants Antone and Frances (Perry) Goulart; he attended city schools and was called into military service on September 15, 1917. He was a member of the Machine Gun Battalion of the 327th Infantry and was killed in action in the Meuse-Argonne offensive on October 7, 1918, only a month before the end of the war. A memorial was erected in his honor, on May 30, 1923, in the square at Bolton and Rivet streets in New Bedford and was subsequently re-dedicated on May 26, 1997.

For more information on the United States World War One Centennial Commission, including its plans to document all World War I monuments in the United States, please go to

Below is a letter from Walter to his brother, Arthur Goulart, Jr., written in January of 1918, before he shipped out to France, and a copy of the Goulart Square Monument Dedication booklet. For more information on this new collection, please contact Sonia Pacheco at

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