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Sources for University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMD) History

Timeline of UMD History

 

New Bedford Textile School postcard from 1900.

The history of UMass Dartmouth dates back to 1895 when the Bradford Durfee Textile School in Fall River and the New Bedford Textile School in New Bedford, were both chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  For more information on the history and evolution of the schools that eventually combined to form the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, see the archives web site at <https://lib.umassd.edu/archives/umassd-history>.

 

Chronology of UMass Dartmouth Names

Workers changing the SMU sign to UMass Dartmouth

Chronology of University Names since 1895

Based on the Acts and Resolves passed by the General Court of Massachusetts

 

1895-1947  New Bedford Textile School (incorporated in 1895; opened for classes in 1899)

1947-1953  New Bedford Textile Institute (Acts, 1946, Chap. 257, May 1, 1946)

1953-1957  New Bedford  Institute of Textiles and Technology (Acts, 1953, Chap. 488, June 15, 1953)

1957-1964  New Bedford Institute of Technology (Acts, 1957, Chap. 347, May 6, 1957)

1899-1900  Fall River Textile School

1900-1946  Bradford Durfee Textile School (incorporated in 1895; opened for classes  in 1904)

1946-1957  Bradford Durfee Technical Institute (Acts, 1946, Chap. 257, May 1, 1946)

1957-1964  Bradford Durfee College of Technology (Acts, 1957, Chap. 347, May 6, 1957)

1964            New Bedford Institute of Technology and Bradford Durfee College of Technology

     consolidated  into Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute (Acts, 1964, Chap. 495,

     June 10, 1964)

1969-1991  Southeastern Massachusetts University (Acts, 1969, Chap. 396, June 8, 1969.

1991+         University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Acts, 1991, Chap. 142, Sec. 16 & 41, July 11, 1991)

 

1881-1902  The Swain Free School

1903-1920  The Swain Free School of Design

1921-1988  Swain School of Design

1988          Swain became part of SMU

 

1981-1986  Southeastern Massachusetts-Rhode Island-Avins Law School

1986-2010  Southern New England School of Law

2010-          University of Massachusetts School of Law -- Dartmouth