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Sources for University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMD) History: Welcome

Guide to published and unpublished sources for uncovering the history of UMass Dartmouth, 1895-present.

Welcome to the Archives and Special Collections

Front door of Archives and Special Collections        

  • Do you need to research a topic, person or organization connected with the history of UMass Dartmouth? 
  • Do you need to include primary resources in a term paper? 
  • Consulting primary resource materials held by the Archives and Special Collections will answer a number of questions not found in published sources.
  • The University Archives are a part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections and share space with the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives.   The entrance is located on the quad side of the campus; the archives is open Monday through Friday 9:30-5:00. 

What is in the Archives?

Photograph albums

Photo albums in the Archives.

Archives are not organized in the same way library books and other materials are.  They typically consist of boxes of office records, papers, manuscripts, photographs, audio visual materials, scrapbooks, and publications, and are maintained as collections of materials from a single office or individual, not as individual items.  The contents of these collections are described in finding aids, which are an archival version of an inventory with background information on the collector or creator, and information on the context in which it was collected. 

Manuscript boxes on a cart

Manuscript boxes during processing.

Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections

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Judy Farrar

Claire T. Carney Library
Archives & Special Collections
Room M08
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747
508 999-8686
Subjects: Archives