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Robert E. Brown Southbridge (Mass.) Collection, 1973-1977
1 box (0.25 linear feet)
Collection number: MS 029

Abstract:
During the mid-1970s, Robert Brown worked as a fifth grade teacher at the West Street School, Southbridge, Mass., while pursuing a graduate degree in anthropology at UMass Amherst under Joel Halpern. Part of Brown's research involved conducting oral histories with Southbridge families identified as "ethnic," including Albanian, Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, and Puerto Rican, as well as the only African American family in town at the time. Brown published his work in local newspapers and ultimately in the book, The New New Englanders (Worcester, Mass.: Commonwealth Press, 1980).

The Brown collection includes copies of his newspaper articles, profiles of the families he studied, and apparently complete transcripts of two oral history interviews. Also included are copies of two papers by Brown on Southbridge, possibly for an anthropology class, analyzing the education of Puerto Rican students and the lives of Rumanian Americans.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note

During the mid-1970s, Robert Brown worked as a fifth grade teacher at the West Street School, Southbridge, Mass., while pursuing a graduate degree in anthropology at UMass Amherst under Joel Halpern. Part of Brown's research involved conducting oral histories with Southbridge families identified as "ethnic," including Albanian, Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Puerto Rican, and Vietnamese, as well as the only African American family in town at the time. Brown published his work in local newspapers and ultimately in the book, The New New Englanders (Worcester, Mass.: Commonwealth Press, 1980).

Scope and contents of the collection

The Brown collection includes copies of his newspaper articles, profiles of the families he studied, and apparently complete transcripts of two oral history interviews. Also included are copies of two papers by Brown on Southbridge, possibly for an anthropology class, analyzing the education of Puerto Rican students and the lives of Rumanian Americans.


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

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Robert E. Brown Southbridge (Mass.) Collection (MS 029). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Provenance varied.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Aug. 2013.


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

Contents List
Brown, Robert E., Articles on Southbridge ethnic families (Polish, French Canadian, Greek, Albanian, Macedonian-Romanian). All printed in the Sunday Evening News Weekend Magazine
1976-1977


Brown, Robert E., Letter from Robert E. Brown to Richard Martin (UMass Press)
1977 July 8


Brown, Robert E., Profiles of Southbridge ethic families (based on interviews)
ca.1976-1977


Brown, Robert E., A study of the relationship between teachers and students of Puerto Rican descent in grades five through eight in the public school system of Southbridge, Massachusetts
1977 July 8


Brown, Robert E., A study of Rumanian-Americans in Southbridge, Massachusetts
ca.1973


Brown, Robert E., Transcripts of oral history interviews, Southbridge, Massachusetts
ca.1976


Interview with Kostas and Anna Agathangelakis, daughter, and George
ca.1976


Interview with Gigli and Rosa Ciovacco, and daughter Anna, age 10
ca.1976



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Subjects
  • African Americans--Massachusetts--Southbridge.
  • Albanian Americans--Massachusetts--Southbridge.
  • Greek Americans--Massachusetts--Southbridge.
  • Immigrants--Massachusetts--Southbridge.
  • Italian Americans--Massachusetts--Southbridge.
  • Polish Americans--Massachusetts--Southbridge.
  • Puerto Ricans--Massachusetts--Southbridge.
  • Rumanian Americans--Massachusetts--Southbridge.
  • Southbridge (Mass.)--History.
  • Vietnamese Americans--Massachusetts--Southbridge.

Contributors
  • Agathangelakis, Anna
  • Agathangelakis, Kostas
  • Ciovacco, Gigli
  • Ciovacco, Rosa

Genre terms
  • Oral histories


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