The Department of Special Collections and University Archives of the UMass Amherst Libraries is a center for research into the history and impact of social change and the history of New England.
With substantial holdings in African American history and culture, social and racial justice, agriculture, the environment, and organized labor, the Department houses approximately 30,000 rare books, nationally significant manuscript collections, historic maps, and the official records of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. SCUA supports the work of a wide range of researchers, from undergraduates to senior scholars, and from journalists to family historians. It is a growing collection used by an international audience of students, academics, and other members of the general public.
SCUA collects materials of enduring historical and cultural value in three major categories: the history and experience of social change in America, the histories and cultures of New England, and the history of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Beyond these major collecting areas, SCUA has developed depth in areas as diverse as the Revolutionary-era France and Belgium (1789-1848), Scottish literature, the history of protistology, the American study of Japanese culture, East Germany and Cold War-era Poland, and the literature of American Socialism.
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