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Haymarket People's Fund, Western Massachusetts Records, 1975-1983
4 boxes (4 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 336

A granting agency that advises and provides funding for grass roots, non-profit projects and organizations in order to bring about broad social change by addressing local issues and community needs. Records include minutes, reports, correspondence, successful and unsuccessful grant applications from Western Massachusetts organizations, grant source information, and grantee materials including organization reports, publications, member lists, clippings, and other materials.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note

The Haymarket People's Fund (HPF), a granting agency that advises and provides funding for grass roots, non-profit projects and organizations, was founded in 1974 by George Pillsbury and other young people with inherited wealth interested in bringing about broad social change by addressing local issues and community needs. Specifically, HPF seeks to "help people understand the sources of social and economic injustice in our country and how to change them; to support people trying to take control of their lives through challenging established power, learning how to use leadership, and developing self-respect; and to work towards the shared vision of a non-oppressive, life-supporting society" (1983-1984 Annual Report).

Between 1976 and 1977, the structure of HPF evolved from one community decision-making board in Boston to eight autonomous boards, one for each New England state and two for Massachusetts and Connecticut. From 1977 until 1983, one member of each regional board sat on the New England Board which reviewed and approved grant proposals and served as a board of directors. In 1983, HPF established the Coordinating Council, responsible for general administration of the fund, developing financial and personnel policies, and fund-raising plans.

Since 1975, the HPF of Western Massachusetts has distributed grants and provided emergency loans to hundreds of grassroots organizations that serve food, clothing, shelter, health and education needs in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties. They have provided specialized services in the areas of AIDS education, substance abuse counseling, day care, elderly care, rape prevention and have worked to organize community support around the rights of women, minority or ethnic populations, workers, tenants, people with disabilities, and gay men and women. HPF has also educated and assisted potential donors in their investment and donation decisions.

Scope and contents of the collection

The Haymarket People's Fund records document the breadth and variety of projects, organizations and coalitions supported by the fund throughout its history in Western Massachusetts and reveal social issues of concern to local communities and the broader region over a period of 25 years. The efforts of grantees and their impact both locally and nationally is well-represented for particular organizations. Records include minutes, reports, correspondence, successful and unsuccessful grant applications, grant source information, and grantee materials including organization reports, publications, member lists, clippings and other materials.

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

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Haymarket People's Fund, Western Massachusetts Records (MS 336). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Acquired from: Elizabeth Mock, 1990.


Accretions expected. Accretions in the Container Listing in 1994 and 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, 1990.

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
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Minutes, reports

Box 1:1
Alternative Energy Coalition of Hampden County

Box 1:2
Amherst Community Resource Center/Western Mass. Welfare Coalition

Box 1:3
Associacion Latina Progresso y Accion

Box 1:4
Battered People's Project

Box 1:5
Berkshire Community Education Group

Box 1:6
Berkshire Model Education Program

Box 1:7
Berkshire Union of Community Organizers

Box 1:8
Berkshire Voices Collective

Box 1:9
Butterfly Education Arts/Women's Media Coalition

Box 1:10
Casa Latina/Hampshire Community Action Commission (Noticiero Latina)

Box 1:11
Center for Community Access TV (CCATV)

Box 1:12
Che Lumumba Multicultural Community Education Project

Box 1:13
CISPES/Center for Reflective Action

Box 1:14
Committee for Childcare in Crisis (CCC)

Box 1:15
Community Union Rural Development Corporation

Box 1:16
Correctional Change Group

Box 1:17
Council of Churches of Greater Springfield/Committee to End Apartheid

Box 1:18
Cultural Workers Collective

Box 1:19
Evergreen Defense Fund

Box 1:20
Franklin Training Corp.

Box 1:21
Gray House, Inc./Motherhouse of Sisters of St. Joseph

Box 1:22
Gray Panthers/Faith Church of Springfield

Box 1:23
Hampshire County Employed/Unemployed Council

Box 1:24
Holyoke YWCA/Greater Holyoke Women's Center

Box 1:25
July 4th Coalition, Western Mass. Chapter

Box 1:26
Labor Relations and Research Center, University of Mass.

Box 1:27
Last Resort, The

Box 1:28
Little Apple, The

Box 2:29
Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH)

Box 2:30
Mass. Organization of Disabled Workers

Box 2:31
Mass. People's History Project

Box 2:32
Mobilization for Survival, Northampton

Box 2:33
Native American Solidarity Committee

Box 2:34

Box 2:35
New England Small Farm Inst./W. Mass. Energy, Environment and Agri. Resource Network

Box 2:36
New Unity

Box 2:37
Northampton Veterans' Coalition

Box 2:38
Open Door/Association for Retarded Citizens

Box 2:39

Box 2:40
Parents for Peace

Box 2:41
Patria Libre

Box 2:42
People for Economic Survival

Box 2:43
People for Peace of Southern Berkshire

Box 2:44
Puerto Rican Congress

Box 2:45
Puerto Rican Solidarity Committee

Box 2:46
Puerto Rican Solidarity Committee, Springfield

Box 2:47
Southern Africa Solidarity Committee/ANC

Box 2:48
Spanish American Union/Springfield Citizens Coalition for Justice

Box 2:49
Springfield Health Coalition/Family Planning Council of Western Mass.

Box 2:50
Springfield Rape Crisis Center

Box 2:51
Springfield Women's Union

Box 2:52
Students United for Public Education

Box 2:53
Sunday News Collective

Box 2:54
12 to 1

Box 2:55
Union of Student Employees

Box 2:56
University of Mass. Labor Community Support Network

Box 2:57
Urban Ministry/United Citizens Action League

Box 2:58
Valley Womens Martial Arts

Box 2:59
Valley Womens Union

Box 2:60
Western Mass. Latin American Solidarity Committee

Box 2:61
Western Mass. Native American

Box 2:62
Women Against Violence in Pornography and Media

Box 2:63
Women's Caucus of the Northampton Committee on El Salvador

Box 2:64
Women's Center of North Berkshire Community Action

Box 2:65
Work, Inc.

Box 2:66

Berkshire Amistad

Box 3:1
Berkshire Forum

Box 3:2
Bernardston Country Estate Mobile Home Tenants Association

Box 3:3
Central America Education Project

Box 3:4
Casa Latina

Box 3:5
CIA Protest Defense Committee

Box 3:6
Citizens for a Quality Environment

Box 3:7
Contruyamos Juntos/Building Peace in Nicaragua

Box 3:8
Critical Times

Box 3:9
Cultural Images Group

Box 3:10
Equity Institute

Box 3:11
Face to Face

Box 3:12
Florence Heights Tenants Action Project

Box 3:13
Franklin County M.E.N.

Box 3:14
Franklin County Committee on Central America

Box 3:15
Friends of Comadre

Box 3:16
Greenfield Area Community Land Trust

Box 3:17
Hampden County Women's Center

Box 3:18
H.E.R.A. Inc. (Hotline to End Rape and Abuse)

Box 3:19
Housing Discrimination Project

Box 3:20
Housing Now

Box 3:21
Industrial Policy Group

Box 3:22

Box 3:23
Lifeline Institute

Box 3:24
Massachusetts Anti-Hunger Coalition

Box 3:25
Mayor's Committee on Social Development

Box 3:26
Massachusetts Campaign for Jobs and Justice

Box 3:27
New England Central America Network

Box 3:28
New Neighborhood/Barrio Nuevo, Inc.

Box 3:29
Nicaragua: The New Dawn

Box 3:30
No-GWEN Alliance: GWEN Project

Box 3:31
Northampton Community Land Trust

Box 3:32
Northern Berkshire Labor Coalition

Box 3:33
Northampton Committee on Central America

Box 3:34
Nueva Esperanza, Inc.

Box 3:35
Open Door Club

Box 3:36
People With AIDS Coalition of Western Massachusetts

Box 3:37
Planning Committee for a State-wide Women's Conference in Vermont

Box 3:38
River Valley Voice

Box 3:39
Third World Women's Task Force

Box 3:40

Box 3:41
University Childcare Employees Association

Box 3:42
Urban Ministry Inc.

Box 3:43
Valley Women's Martial Arts

Box 3:44
Veterans Fast for Life Support Group

Box 3:45
Western Massachusetts Coalition Against Apartheid

Box 3:46
Western Massachusetts Ecoomic Conversion Coalition

Box 3:47
Western Massachusetts Harvest Brigade

Box 3:48
Western Massachusetts Labor Committee on Central America

Box 3:49
Western Massachusetts Senior Action

Box 3:50
Worcester-Compala Sister City Project

Box 3:51
Workers' Legal Union

Box 3:52
Young Hope Healers of Our Planet Earth

Box 3:53

Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts

Box 4:1
Allen Park Tenant's Association

Box 4:2
American Friends Service Committee Western Massachusetts Office

Box 4:3
Anti-Displacement Project

Box 4:4
Arise, Poor People and Welfare Rights Organization

Box 4:5
Cambodian American Association of Western Massachusetts

Box 4:6
Campaign for a Citizen's Budget

Box 4:7
Center for Community Education and Action

Box 4:8
Center for Popular Economics

Box 4:9
Central Massachusetts Senior Action Council Chapter

Box 4:10
Citizens Awareness Network

Box 4:11
Clean Water Action

Box 4:12
Community Supported Agriculture at Indian Line Farm

Box 4:13
Do Ask More Citizen Council

Box 4:14
El Arco Iris

Box 4:15
Fitchburg Spanish Council, Inc.

Box 4:16
Franklin County Coalition for a Safe Community

Box 4:17
Franklin Housing Alliance

Box 4:18
Franklin Mediation Service

Box 4:19
Free Women's School

Box 4:20
Innu Solidarity Committee

Box 4:21
Juneteenth Solidarity Walk

Box 4:22
The Learning Tree

Box 4:23
Massachusetts Assistive Technology Stavros

Box 4:24
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (Mass. WOOSH)

Box 4:25
Massachusetts Senior Action Council, Inc. Western Massachusetts (MSAC)

Box 4:26
Massachusetts Tenants Resource Center -- West

Box 4:27
Men's Resource Center

Box 4:28
Men's Resource Connection, Inc.

Box 4:29
Middle East Peace Coalition

Box 4:30
Millers River Self-Help Network

Box 4:31
Natural Organic Farmers of Massachusetts

Box 4:32
New England Central American Network

Box 4:33
The New England Committee for the 1993 March on Washington

Box 4:34
Nipponzan Myohoji -- Peace Pagoda of N.E.

Box 4:35
Nuestras Raices

Box 4:36
People for a Socially Responsible University

Box 4:37
Pioneer Valley Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth Group

Box 4:38
Pioneer Valley Pro-Democracy Campaign

Box 4:39
Positive Development / El Arco Iris

Box 4:40
Progreso Latino, Inc.

Box 4:41
Progressive Women's Network

Box 4:42
Salvadoran Coffee Boycott Committee

Box 4:43
Southern Africa Working Group

Box 4:44
Spanish-American Union

Box 4:45
Springfield Area Central America Project

Box 4:46
Tibetan U.S. Resettlement Project-Amherst

Box 4:47
Traprock Peace Center

Box 4:48
Valley Citizens for A Sale Environment

Box 4:49
Valley Trade Connection

Box 4:50
Veterans Education Project

Box 4:51
Western Massachusetts Community Loan Fund Anti Displacement Project

Box 4:52
Western Massachusetts COSH

Box 4:53
Western Massachusetts Housing Now

Box 4:54
The Wetlands Action Committee

Box 4:55
Worcester Interfaith

Box 4:56
Worcester Latino Coalition

Box 4:57
Worker-Ownership Resource Center

Box 4:58

Search Terms
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  • Berkshire County (Mass.)--Social conditions--Sources.
  • Citizen's associations--Massachusetts--History--Sources.
  • Community power--Massachusetts--History--Sources.
  • Endowments--Massachusetts--History--Sources.
  • Franklin County (Mass.)--Social conditions--Sources.
  • Hampden County (Mass.)--Social conditions--Sources.
  • Hampshire County (Mass.)--Social conditions--Sources.
  • Haymarket People's Fund (Boston, Mass.)--Archives.
  • Political activists--Massachusetts--History--Sources.
  • Social action--Massachusetts--History--Sources.

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