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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Dr. and Mrs. Julius Picard and Sons To escape persecution by the Nazis, in 1938 Dr. Julius Picard emigrated from Mainz, Germany to Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.  The day after their arrival in the port of Boston, … Continue reading

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Torch Index Available for Research

Since 1997 the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections staff have been gradually compiling a key word index to the UMD student newspaper, the Torch, and other university publications.  The publication years covered by the index are 1965 … 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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First UMD Web Page Unveiled in 1995

1995 doesn’t really seem that far away!  I started working here in the UMD Archives and Special Collections in January of 1996.  At my previous job, in the MIT Libraries, the World Wide Web, as used by academia, as opposed … Continue reading

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Collection from Former Professor Antone Rodil

The Archives and Special Collections recently received a small collection of materials that once belonged to former textile professor Anton Rodil, by way of his son, Norbert Rodil.  The elder Rodil, who graduated from the New Bedford Textile School, taught … Continue reading

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New Bedford Textile School and the Paris Exposition Universelle Internationale 1900

The Paris Exposition Universelle Internationale of 1900 was one of a series of world’s fairs held up to the end of the 19th century.  Surrounding the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, with 530 acres of gardens, buildings, walks and waterways, … 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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La Bonne Chanson

Among the many French-Canadian-American materials in the Archives and Special Collections are ten volumes of songbooks published by Charles-Émile Gadbois as a series entitled La Bonne Chanson. Charles-Émile Gadbois was born in St-Barnabé-Sud, near St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada in 1906. According … Continue reading

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First New Bedford Textile School Catalogue for 1895

In 2012 the Archives and Special Collections digitized all of the New Bedford Textile School yearbooks and catalogues through the Boston Library Consortium’s OCA (Open Content Alliance) scanning project with the Internet Archive. They are accessible through the Internet Archive … Continue reading

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New book: Madame Chiang Kai-shek’s trip through the United States and Canada (1944)

              The Archives and Special Collections recently received this rare book as a gift from the late Mrs. L. Meiling Yen of Mattapoisett, MA.  Published by the Chinese-American press in 1944, it documents the … Continue reading

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