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People's Institute Records, 1896-1970
2 boxes (0.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 26

Abstract:
Organization in Northampton, Massachusetts that met in members' homes for the purpose of helping working people spend their evenings in valuable reading and discussion, and for furthering the culture of the home as well as the individual. The organization also sponsored flower garden competitions, an evening school for adults, a school for the household arts, an after school play program for children, a Golden Age club, and a day camp. Photocopied records include Board of Directors minutes, Directors' reports, and correspondence.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Historical Note

People's Institute of Northampton, Massachusetts was an outgrowth of the Home Culture Club established in 1887 by George W. Cable. It met in members' homes for the purpose of helping working people spend their evenings in valuable reading and discussion, and for furthering the culture of the home as well as the individual. The club, renamed People's Institute in 1909, sponsored flower garden competitions, an evening school for adults, a school for the household arts, and more recently, after school play for children, a Golden Age club, and a day camp. The building, dedicated in 1905, was built with $50,000 given by Andrew Carnegie, supplemented with funds raised by the town over 5 years. It has provided meeting rooms for scouts and a variety of other community organizations over the years.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records, photocopies of records held by People's Institute, include Board of Directors minutes, 1896-1970; Directors' reports, 1933-1942; and correspondence, 1965-1970.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: People's Institute Records (MS 26). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from: Margaret Hutchins, 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Home Culture Club (Northampton, Mass.)--History--Sources.
  • Northampton (Mass.)--Intellectual life--History--Sources.
  • People's Institute (Northampton, Mass.)--History--Sources.
  • Working class--Massachusetts--Northampton--Intellectual life--History--Sources.
  • Working class--Massachusetts--Northampton--Societies, etc. --History--Sources.

Contributors
  • Home Culture Club (Northampton, Mass.)

Genre terms
  • Correspondence.
  • Minutes.
  • Reports.


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