Category Archives: Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives

The Cabral de Mellos and New Bedford – Photographic Album – 1893-1931

            On Monday, March 10, 2014 UMass Dartmouth hosted a book presentation of The Cabral de Mellos and New Bedford – Photographic Album – 1893-1931, by Dr. José de Almeida Mello on in the Claire … Continue reading

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Portuguese-American Newspapers at Christmas

By Sonia Pacheco Throughout the years the Christmas editions of Portuguese-language newspapers have set themselves apart. They were often printed with color and contained elaborate graphics on the front page, a rare occurrence during the calendar year; devoted substantial space … Continue reading

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Madeiran Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

              Starting August 1st, 2013 New Bedford will once again host the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, also known as the Madeiran Feast or Portuguese Feast. Founded in 1915 by four immigrants from the … Continue reading

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Donald Warrin Collection

Author and historian Donald Warrin has donated his research materials to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives. This collection is composed of copies of the primary and secondary sources that were used in the writing of So Ends This Day: The Portuguese … Continue reading

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Documenting the Portuguese-American experience in the fishing industry of New Bedford

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMD) and the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in collaboration with local organizations tied to the fishing industry and the Portuguese community, will … Continue reading

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Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and University Archives and Special Collections to Close for the Holidays

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and the University’s Archives and Special Collections, located in the Claire T. Carney Library, will be closed for the holidays. Closure will begin on December 23rd at 4:00 pm and continue through January 2nd. The Archives … Continue reading

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The Coriolanus

In 2006 the Archives and Special Collections purchased a photograph of the Coriolanus, which at 300-feet, was the “largest and finest of the Cape Verde packet ships.”  Built in 1876 by Archibald McMillan & Son of Dumbarton, Scotland, this iron full-rigged ship … Continue reading

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Emily Motta Sheet Music Collection Recently Opened

The Archives staff recently completed processing the Emily Motta Sheet Music Collection, which is now a part of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (collection MC 103). Emily Motta, the daughter of João Carlos da Motta, was a graduate of the New … Continue reading

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Espírito Santo School Photo from Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives

The Espírito Santo School in Fall River, Massachusetts recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. It was the first Portuguese parochial school in the United States, opening its doors September 19, 1910. The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives holds many interesting historical photographs documenting … Continue reading

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October is American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month — an “opportunity to raise awareness about the value of archives and archivists. There is strength in numbers and our collective voice can be more powerful than individual voices when we set aside time throughout … Continue reading

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