Monthly Archives: February 2014

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

More information on the archives can be found at  The SEC web site is part of the DCR site at and the SEMA web site can be found at

Library Orientation for Students in Fully-Online Programs – March 3rd & March 4th

Library Online Wherever you are! Images of students interacting online with librarianLibrarians at Claire T. Carney Library are offering an orientation to online library services. Sign up for one of two sessions designed especially for students in online programs. Find out how the Carney Library’s staff and resources can help you succeed. The orientation will cover key library services, including the library’s Primo discovery search, free home delivery of books and electronic delivery of articles, registration for a library card/university ID, and the availability of research help and technical support. The orientation sessions are scheduled for Monday, March 3rd from 6 to 7:00 pm and Wednesday, March 4th from 10 to 11:00 am. The sessions will be conducted using Blackboard Collaborate, an online teaching and learning tool. We will email attendees the link to the Collaborate classroom and directions for accessing it. If you’re interested in attending one of the sessions, please complete the online registration form by Sunday, March 2nd. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions!


Matt Sylvain, Library Online Support Coordinator
Charlie McNeil, Library Systems and Digital Services Librarian

Feedback from previous attendees:

“I almost want to recommend that it should be a requirement to attend – that’s how helpful I found it.”

“I really didn’t realize the library had so much available to online learners.”

“The orientation was a wonderful experience and a great way to interact with online students. Thank you”

“The important thing to me is that the orientation made me feel that full on-line students are also part of the library and that you care about us…now I have something else to love about UMassD.”

“Being a returning student with minimal computer resource knowledge, this instruction has made me more comfortable to pursue information and provided the avenues in which I would be able to obtain it.”

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

Black History Month 2014 – Claire T. Carney Library – UMass Darmouth

Black History MonthLibrary of Congress: World-Telegram photo

Small image of front page of Black History Month guideIn celebration of black history month, the Claire T. Carney Library is highlighting select resources. Librarian liaison for African Studies, Linda Zieper, identified several books and websites which have been compiled into a handy black history month resource that is available for you to download.

Since this page lists only a fraction of the library’s available resources and relevant websites, readers wanting to do more research should check out Ms. Zieper’s African & African American Studies LibGuide. We hope you find this celebratory page interesting and helpful. If you have questions or need help finding something specific, let us know!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the inaugural event of UMassD’s Black History Month: A presentation by Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, “Now You See it, Now You Don’t! The Sweet Enchantment of Post-Racial Racism in Contemporary America.” The presentation is on Feb. 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in our Claire T. Carney Library’s Library Grand Reading Room. A reception will follow the presentation at 1:30 p.m. in the UMass Dartmouth Frederick Douglass Unity House.