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Fall Reception

Join Us for the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries



2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Lower Level
W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Featuring Guest speakers: Robert S. Cox and Patrick T.J. Browne




"Ghosts of Campus Past"

Please join Robert S. Cox (pictured above), head of UMass Amherst Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives, for a special presentation about the “boom years” of the campus. Cox curated the Library’s third exhibit this year in honor of the campus’s Sesquicentennial, “Transformed: UMass a Century On,” centering on the post-World War II expansion of UMass and its emergence as a fully-fledged research university. This time period is also the focus of the new history book, UMass Rising by Katherine Greider (UMass Press 2013). In addition, Cox will discuss the Libraries-wide project to update metadata on more than 10,000 of the campus’s archival images.

Cox has a bachelor’s degree in geology; master’s degrees in paleontology, history, poetry, and library science; and a PhD in history. He has held positions as curator of manuscripts and photographs at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan and as keeper of manuscripts and director of scholarships and technology at the American Philosophical Society. Cox teaches at Simmons Graduate School of Library Information Sciences and in the Department of History at UMass Amherst. His books include Massachusetts Cranberry Culture: A History from Bog to Table (2012); A History of Chowder: Four Centuries of a New England Meal (2011); The Shortest and Most Convenient Route: Lewis and Clark in Context (2004) and Body and Soul: A Sympathetic History of American Spiritualism (2003).

Additionally, Cox has published on Quaker “missions” to the Seneca Indians, the history of photography, and the history of sleep. His other activities range from consulting work at the Alaska Native Language Center, serving on several granting committees, keeping cattle, and working with local historical societies and small libraries to describe, care for, and publicize their holdings.

The principles that undergirded “Mass Aggie’s” founding continue to form the basis for UMass Amherst’s mission of preparing young people to make their way in life by stretching boundaries in all disciplines, from the physical and social sciences to the liberal arts. UMass Rising looks at the school over the course of its first 150 years and mines that history to reveal not only how these principles have been fostered, but also the whys and whos.

Copies of UMass Rising and books by Rob Cox will be available for sale thanks to the University Store. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the UMass Amherst Libraries.


"William Smith Clark: Civil War Colonel to College President"


Patrick T.J. Browne '94, G'96 is Executive Director of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, MA. He will discuss “William Smith Clark: Civil War Colonel to College President,” focusing on a key transition in the life of one of “Mass Aggie’s” founders during which Clark resigned from the army and came home to help shape the new institution in Amherst.

Browne has a BA in English and an MA in History, both from UMass Amherst. He has worked as Special Programs Coordinator at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, spent 15 years as Executive Director of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society and has recently taken the helm of Pilgrim Hall Museum as Executive Director. Browne also serves on the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, has published two books on the history of Duxbury, Massachusetts, and is author of "Cultivation of the Higher Self: William Smith Clark and Agricultural Education."

As part of the fall reception program, Friends of the Library Board Member and UMass alum Charles Hadley '64 will be honored with the 2013 Siegfried Feller Award for Outstanding Service. This award, established in 1998, is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding volunteer contributions to create awareness and build support for the UMass Amherst Libraries.

Reception at 2:00 p.m., program beings at 2:30 p.m.

Please let us know if you are coming by October 1, 2013.

Contact Kim Fill at 413-545-3974 or





Last Edited: 18 September 2013