Category Archives: Archives & Special Collections

Images from Carney Library University Archives On Display Via Flickr.com – Check them out! They are cool!

Example of UMassD Carney Library Archives Digitized Images from Flickr.comIf you did not see the earlier post from our Carney Library University Archives, you might want to check out all the images recently extracted from books that our Carney Library Archives digitized and made discoverable. You can find these images by searching the terms “Claire T. Carney Library” at flickr.com. Our library archives images were made available by Kalev Leetaru, a Yahoo research fellow at Georgetown University. He extracted over 14 million images from over 2 million public domain eBooks held in the online Internet Archive (archive.org). Very cool, take a look at all of it. Try your own search combinations and see what comes up.

Try this search string to start: “Claire T. Carney Library”  or https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=%22Claire%20T.%20Carney%20Library%22

Bravo Carney Library University Archives! Bravo Kalev Leetaru! Enjoy!

Position Opening: Visiting Assistant/Associate Librarian-Archives, Claire T. Carney Library ~ Archives & Special Collections ~ UMass Dartmouth

Visiting Assistant/Associate Librarian-Archives

As a member of the Claire T. Carney Library’s Archives and Special Collections team, the Visiting Assistant/Associate Librarian is primarily responsible for processing the papers of former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank.   This is a one-year, temporary appointment with the possibility of a second and third year renewal, dependent on performance and funding.  Reporting to and under the direction of the Head of the Archives and Special Collections Division, the Project Archivist will develop and implement a comprehensive archival processing plan for the Congressman Barney Frank Archives Collection (CBFA) that includes but is not limited to arrangement, description, preservation, access and security for records in all formats.  The Visiting Assistant/Associate Librarian’s work requires application of archival best practices and national standards, as well as specific practices for political papers.  Work also involves identifying series within the collection for digitization and includes contributing content to the Archives and Special Collections web page and social media outlets.

Additionally, the Assistant/Associate Librarian, like all library staff, have leadership responsibilities regardless of their position within Library Services.  Leadership for the Assistant/Associate Librarian includes activities such as contributing to the goals and strategic library directions through active participation on committees, teams, and task forces and sharing expertise throughout the library in order to further library and university missions.

Lastly, the Assistant/Associate Librarian participates in other department, library, university, and professional activities, as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education, with a concentration in archives management.

Experience:  Previous experience in archival arrangement, description, cataloguing methods, archival management and access methods.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Experience handling primary materials.
  • Knowledge of preservation issues.
  • Ability to work in a collegial setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to write proposals and reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects or assignments in archival processing, arrangement and description.
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of best practices and standards in archival processing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital and online techniques and services applicable to archives and special collections.
  • Knowledge of descriptive standards such as DACS and use of appropriate thesauri.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata standards as they pertain to archival materials.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of modern congressional papers collections.
  • Demonstrated experience processing congressional collections.
  • Demonstrated experience in metadata creation.
  • Experience in processing large collections (100+ linear feet).
  • Demonstrated application of digital and online techniques and services applicable to archives and special collections.
  • Familiarity with the U.S. Congress, the legislative process, and congressional office practices.
  • Experience managing a variety of audiovisual formats in archives.
  • Degree in History or substantive coursework in modern American History.
  • Additional degree in a related field.

To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

The review of applications will begin October 5, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth values excellence, diversity, transparency, student-centeredness, accountability, innovation, engagement, collaboration, collegiality and safety.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on potential employees.

View official posting and apply at: https://umassd.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=63874&CNTRNO=0&TSTMP=1443038591497

 

A Recital by the Doppio Ensemble – Nov 18th – UMass Dartmouth – Presented by The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
presents a recital by the:

Picture & Logo: The Doppio Ensemble

What: A Recital by the Dippio Ensemble
When: November 18, 2014, 6:00 PM
Where: Room 153 CVPA, College of Visual & Performing Arts Building (Parking Lot 9),  UMass Dartmouth (Map)
~ Free and Open to the public ~

Established in 2002 with violinist Evandra de Brito Gonçalves and pianist Ana Queirós, Doppio Ensemble has performed in several festivals and concert halls throughout Portugal, England, Italy, France and Brazil. With a wide repertoire that ranges from the Baroque period to XXI century compositions, the duo dedicates special attention to Portuguese composers. Combining tradition and innovation is a distinguishing characteristic of the Doppio Ensemble. In its constant search for new challenges and eclectic sonorities, the duo frequently enjoys playing jazz, bossa nova and world music.

For more information please contact:
Sonia Pachecospacheco@umassd.edu or 508-999-8595

Historical Portuguese Newspapers of Hawaii Digitized and Available Via UMassD Claire T. Carney Library’s Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives

Image of historic OLUSO Portuguese NewspaperThe Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the Claire T. Carney Library and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announce the addition of six Portuguese-language newspapers published in Hawaii between 1885 and 1937 to its Portuguese-American Digital Newspaper Collections. The project was done in collaboration with The Hawaiian Historical Society of Honolulu, which provided the original newspapers.

In 1878 the German ship Priscilla brought 114 Portuguese, including entire families, to Honolulu. Although there had been Portuguese in Hawaii for at least a century or so, this event marked the start of mass Portuguese migration to the archipelago. According to historian Leo Pap, by 1888 about 12,000 “had made the long voyage halfway around the world to start new lives in a mid-Pacific island kingdom.” They came primarily from the islands of Madeira and Saint Michael to work as contract laborers in the sugar cane plantations that had been expanding as a result of the Reciprocity Treat of 1875 between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Hawaii, which allowed for the duty-free importation of Hawaiian sugar into the U.S. Within a few years after the arrival of the first immigrants, a vibrant Portuguese ethnic press began to develop in Hawaii. Research by Prof. Alberto Pena-Rodríguez of the University of Vigo, Spain, who was the Helio and Amelia Pedroso Visiting Endowed Chair Professor in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the fall of 2013, between 1885 and 1900 there were at least nine Portuguese-Language newspapers published in Hawaii.

To make these historical newspapers available to researchers worldwide, in 2010, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (FMPAA) initiated a search for original copies of the periodicals and for organizations that would be willing to enter into a partnership to digitize them. After years of negotiations, which involved the shipping of fragile originals from Honolulu to Minneapolis (where the digitization took place) and back, the FMPAA partnered with the Hawaiian Historical Society of Honolulu to make this unique collection available worldwide. What in the past required researchers to travel to various archives and spend extensive hours of poring over paper documents or reel after reel of microfilm is now available, for free, from the comfort of one’s home, at the click of a computer mouse.

“The process utilized to digitize the collection created high quality scans, using a patented process that optimizes the text and illustrations,” said Sonia Pacheco, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives librarian/archivist who was responsible for the project. “Each issue of the newspapers in the collection may be browsed on its entirety or searched by keyword. The site also offers the possibility of searching across all issues of the same paper or across all newspapers in the collection,” she added.

The digitization of the historical Portuguese newspapers of Hawaii is the third major venture undertaken by the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives under its Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project. The first was the Diário de Notícias, a daily newspaper published in New Bedford, Massachusetts between 1919 and 1973 and the second a set of 14 titles published in California between the mid 1880s and 1940s. All may be searched online by going to:

The Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project
http://www.lib.umassd.edu/paa/portuguese-american-digital-newspaper-collections.

The first two initiatives were made possible by grants from the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores; Elisia and Mark Saab of Advanced Polymers, Inc., in Salem, NH; and Luis Pedroso, of Accutronics, Inc., in Lowell, MA. The goal of Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project is to digitize all major historical Portuguese newspapers published in the United States. Individuals or organizations possessing copies of such newspapers or other historical documents associated with the Portuguese in the U.S. are encouraged to contact Sonia Pacheco at 508 999-8695 or spacheco@umassd.edu.

Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey at 120: A Look Back At Her History And The History of Cape Verdean Immigration To The United States – a joint lecture by Timothy Walker and Waltraud Coli on March 3rd at the Claire T. Carney Library

Image of Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey

WHAT: Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey at 120: A Look Back At Her History And The History of Cape Verdean Immigration To The United States – a joint lecture by Timothy Walker and Waltraud Coli
WHEN: March 3: 3:00 to 5:00 PM
WHERE: Claire T. Carney Library, Grand Reading Room.


~ Free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served ~
Parking is available in Lots 13 and 14.

The Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, now home to the Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey Archives, is pleased to announce a joint lecture by Timothy Walker and Waltraud Coli to mark the 120th anniversary of the launching of the Effie M. Morrissey. The Archives of the Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey, that were collected over a period of 40 years by her supporters and champions, will be featured along with the lecture, which will take place on March 3 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the Library’s Grand Reading Room.

Walker will give an illustrated talk focusing on the historical importance of the Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey and on its early days as a Grand Banks fishing vessel and arctic exploration vessel.  He will also address the vessel’s use as a sail training platform for educational programs at sea.  Coli’s illustrated presentation will focus on the ship’s captains during the decades the Schooner Ernestina was a Cape Verdean packet vessel and on the important role that Cape Verdeans played in U.S. immigration.

According to “An Expedition of Discovery,” The Schooner Ernestina’s pre-2005 historical timeline, written for the web site by Gregg Swanzey, “On February 5, 1894, a single line in the Gloucester Daily Times recorded an addition to the Massachusetts fishing fleet. ‘The new schooner for J.F. Wonson and Co. has been named Effie M. Morrissey.’ This marked the commonplace birth of a schooner that would become famous not only as Grand Banks fisher, but also as an arctic expeditionary vessel under the command of Capt. Robert Abram Bartlett and World War II survey vessel under Commander Alexander Forbes. After a galley fire in 1947 the Morrissey was raised and renamed Ernestina to serve in the trans-Atlantic Cape Verdean packet trade operated by Capt. Henrique Mendes.”   After being dismasted on her way to OpSail in 1976 and an international campaign to restore her led by the National Friends of the Ernestina/Morrissey, the newly-independent Republic of Cape Verde made a decision in 1978 to make the extraordinary gift of Ernestina to the “people of the United States,” symbolizing the centuries-old ties between the two countries.  She was finally able to make the return voyage in 1982, first to Newport and then to New Bedford, where she was repatriated.  The MA Schooner Ernestina Commission was set up in 1978 to officially receive her.  New Bedford is her home port.

Dr. Timothy Walker (B.A., Hiram College, 1986; M.A., Ph.D., Boston University, 2001) is an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  At UMD, he serves as Fulbright Program Advisor (faculty and students); Associate Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (2007-2009) and Director of Tagus Press; as well as a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Portuguese Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Center of Indian Studies and Program in Women’s Studies.  Walker is also an Affiliated Researcher of the Centro de História de Além-Mar (CHAM) and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.  From 1994 to 2003, he was a visiting professor at the Universidade Aberta in Lisbon.

Walker has been associated with the Schooner Ernestina/Morrissey for over fifteen years, as a crew member, educational advisor and on-board maritime history instructor.  During the 2003-2004 academic year, Walker taught for the University of Pittsburgh Semester at Sea program.  A passionate advocate of seaborne education, Walker has designed university-level programs at sea for Boston University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Massachusetts.  He has taught maritime history courses aboard numerous historic sailing vessels, including the schooners ErnestinaLettie G. Howard and Alabama, the brig Niagara and the frigate “HMS” Rose.  He was for many years the only American crewman aboard the Portuguese caravel Boa Esperança.  He presently serves as a consultant for educational programming for SEMA (the Schooner Ernestina/Morrissey Association) and the Tall Ships Rhode Island Foundation (the ship Oliver Hazard Perry).  In 2000 his maritime education course aboard the “HMS” Rose won the American Sail Training Association award for “Program of the Year.”

Waltraud Berger Coli, better known as “Traudi” earned a M.A. in Anthropology at Rhode Island College, where she specialized in Cape Verdean research, and a M.B.A. at Bryant University. She has researched and co-authored several articles on Cape Verdean issues. The widely-circulated short history of Cape Verdeans in Rhode Island was the first publication on Cape Verdeans in the diaspora. Two additional, extensive manuscripts on Cape Verdean ethnicity and history are awaiting publication.

During 1988-1995 she was involved in the creation of the Arquivo Histórico Nacional, Praia, República de Cabo Verde (The National Historic Archive in Cape Verde). For two years she received partial support for her research from the Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship of the Study of Minorities in American Maritime History of the Frank C. Munson Institute of Maritime Studies at the Mystic Seaport Museum.  Her research includes a large database on Cape Verdean captains and ship-owners (1860-1970). She has been assisting the Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey since the 1970s and was on-board anthropologist/maritime historian and crew from 1993-2005.

This event is co-sponsored by the Schooner Ernestina Commission (SEC) and the Schooner Ernestina- Morrissey Association (SEMA) and will take place in the Grand Reading Room on the first floor of the Claire T. Carney Library on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s North Dartmouth campus.  It is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  Parking is available in Lots 13 and 14.  For further information, contact Judy Farrar at 508-999-8686 or jfarrar@umassd.edu.

More information on the archives can be found at http://www.lib.umassd.edu/schooner-ernestinaeffie-m-morrissey-archives.  The SEC web site is part of the DCR site at  http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/schooner-ernestina.html and the SEMA web site can be found at http://www.ernestina.org.

Come Hear Historian Joseph Conforti Read from his book Another City Upon a Hill: A New England Memoir – Feb. 20th – UMass Dartmouth PAA Archives

Book cover of Another City Upon A HillWHAT:Come Hear Historian Joseph Conforti will read from and sign his latest book titled Another City Upon a Hill:  A New England Memoir

WHERE: UMass Dartmouth, Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives in the Claire T. Carney Library

WHEN:  5:30 p.m., Thursday, February 20, 2014

Light refreshments will be served.

On Thursday February 20, 2014, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will host historian Joseph Conforti who will read from and sign his latest book titled Another City Upon a Hill:  A New England Memoir.  The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 5:30 PM in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives. Light refreshments will be served.

Another City Upon a Hill:  A New England Memoir is an “expert historian’s wonderfully honest memoir about growing up in Fall River, the city of ‘hills, mills, and dinner pails’. It is an authentic American story, beautifully told,” said Pulitzer-Prize-for-history winner and Brown University professor Gordon Wood.

Another City Upon a Hill:  A New England Memoir is both a personal story and a portrait of ‘Fall River, Massachusetts, once the cotton cloth capital of America,’ states Tagus Press, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMD, which published the book last September.  In it, Conforti, whose mother was Portuguese and whose father was Italian, recounts how he negotiated those identities in a city where ethnic heritage mattered.”

Joseph Conforti is Distinguished Professor of American and New England Studies Emeritus at University of Southern Maine. He is the author of six books, including Saints and Strangers: New England in British North America and the acclaimed Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Mid-twentieth Century. He has been distinguished with many honors and awards, including five National Endowment for the Humanities grants for his study of American Regionalism and New England history. Currently, he is working on his seventh—Lizzie Borden: Victorian Womanhood and Family Violence on Trial.

The entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library. For access, from Parking Lot 13, please follow the footpath to the library entrance, exit the building on the opposite side, and proceed to the right, to the archives’ entrance.

For further information, contact 508-999-8684 or email spacheco@umassd.edu.

A Conversation with Barney Frank – Part of the UMass Dartmouth Celebration of Transformation – April 2, 2013

Poster Advertising A Conversation with Barney Frank, includes pictures of Carney Library, Barney Frank in Regalia and students in libraryA Conversation with Barney Frank – Part of a Celebration of Transformation
April 2, 2013

The former Congressman, know for his sharp wit and keen knowledge of the economic and social issues shaping America, will discuss the emerging shape and structure of the financial system as the nation grapples with fiscal cliffs and sequestrations. This lecture will be the first in a twice-annual series of presentations by Congressman Frank as part of the Congressman Barney Frank Archive Project.

 

2 p.m.   Announcement of the Congressman Barney Frank Archive Project
Claire T. Carney Library Lobby

3 p.m.   The Barney Frank Lecture
Claire T. Carney Library, Grand Reading Room

Presepios de Lapinha: An exhibit of Portuguese traditional sea-themed nativity scenes made by local artisans

What: Presepios de Lapinha – Exhibit of Portuguese traditional sea-themed nativity scenes  made by local artisans.

Where:  Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth

When:  Exhibit will open on November 29th, 2012 6:00pm with a cocktail reception  and will continue through December 13, 2012

~ Free and Open to the Public ~

Sponsored by:

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
and Casa dos Açores New England

For further information, contact 508-999-8695 or email spacheco@umassd.edu

Historical Portuguese Newspapers of California Digitized

from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Cultures Events page: http://www.portstudies.umassd.edu/activities/events/events2012/120425.htm  

 The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the Claire T. Carney Library and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announce the addition of 14 Portuguese-language newspapers published in California between 1885 and 1940 to its Portuguese-American Digital Newspaper Collections. The project was done in collaboration with the J.A. Freitas Library, a special collections library privately owned and operated by the Supreme Council of P.F.S.A. in San Leandro, CA, which provided the original newspapers.

This unique collection, which includes some of the earliest known Portuguese-language newspapers in the U.S., such as O Progresso Californiense, first published in July of 1885, may be accessed through the Internet for free and without a password at http://lib.umassd.edu/archives/paa/PADigitalNewsColl.html. Each issue of the newspapers in the collection may be browsed in its entirety or searched by keyword. The site also offers the possibility of searching across all issues of the same paper or across all newspapers in the collection.

A formal presentation of the online site that houses the collection will take place

  • Saturday, April 28 at 6:00 PM in the J.A. Freitas Library, 1120-24 E. 14th Street, San Leandro, CA.
    Archivist Sonia Pacheco of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, who supervised the digitization, will provide an overview of the project and demonstrate the use of the site.

Similar presentations will also be held at the

  • Portuguese Historical Museum of San Jose on April 29th at 2:00 PM (History Park – San Jose, Phelan Ave. Entrance);
  • University of California, Berkeley on May 2nd;
  • Jose State University on May 3rd

For time and place please contact Prof. Deolinda Adã£o at 408-924-4022 or deolinda.adao@sjsu.edu. All presentations are free and open to the public.

The papers were digitized onsite at the J.A. Freitas Library by ArcaSearch of Minneapolis, MN. This process safeguarded the integrity of the fragile historical originals and created high quality scans, using a patented process that optimizes the text and illustrations. ArcaSearch also provided preservation quality microfilm, which will serve as a backup for long-term preservation of the contents of the papers.

Information which in the past required researchers to travel to various archives and spend extensive hours of searching paper sources or reel after reel of microfilm is now available from the comfort of one’s home at the click of a computer mouse. “This collection of historical newspaper is an invaluable resource for the study of the Portuguese-American experience in California and beyond,” said Dr. Frank Sousa, Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, who initiated the Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project.

“Given the major role played by the Portuguese in California agriculture, especially the dairy industry, this collection is of paramount value to the understanding of the state’s history and economy,” stated Dr. Maria da Gloria de Sá, Faculty Director of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, the major repository of historical materials about the Portuguese in the U.S. “Much of the information contained in these newspapers cannot be found elsewhere. Sociologists, historians, anthropologists, political scientists and other academics researching issues associated with immigration and ethnicity will also find it a valuable tool, as will those interested in local and family history. It’s the most comprehensive and accessible database available to students and academic researchers interested in Portuguese-related issues, as well as individuals tracing their family genealogy,” added Dr. de Sá.

Besides keeping Portuguese Americans informed about local, national, Portuguese and world news, these newspapers also played a major role in documenting social events and life. Religious festivals, club activities, charity appeals, and visits of prominent individuals were regularly announced; weddings, births and deaths reported; and news of the arrival and departure of vessels bringing new immigrants or taking them for a visit back to their homeland were featured along with the respective passenger lists. Photographs, drawings, advertisements and editorials give us a window into period fashions, patterns of consumption, the cost of goods, types of businesses owned by the Portuguese and the perspectives of this ethnic group on the political and social issues of the times.

The digitization of the historical Portuguese newspapers of California is the second venture undertaken by the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives under its Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project. The first was the Diãrio de Notã­cias, a daily newspaper published in New Bedford, Massachusetts between 1919 and 1973. The initiative was made possible by grants from the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores (Carlos César, President); Elisia and Mark Saab of Advanced Polymers, Inc., in Salem, NH; and Luis Pedroso, of Accutronics, Inc., in Lowell, MA. The goal of the project is to digitize major historical Portuguese newspapers published in the United States. Individuals or organizations possessing copies of such newspapers or other historical documents associated with the Portuguese in the U.S. are encouraged to contact Sonia Pacheco at 508 999-8695 or spacheco@umassd.edu.