2010 July 22
South Hadley (Mass.) - From a series of oral histories with residents and employees of the Loomis Village Retirement Community, South Hadley, Mass., regarding their lives and experience in a retirement community. Paul and Helen Pins are one year residents of Loomis, both aged 79, originally residents of Holyoke, Mass., and later Marco Island, Fla.; Paul's father owned the Christmas tree farm ... more
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with outgoing Chancellor and former Provost discussing the positive and negative events during his tenure at UMass (1991-1993); including discussion of budgetary issues, football and athletics; minority faculty recruitment; structure of the UMass system and role of the Chancellor.
2008 June 22
Montague (Mass.) - Oral history interview with Sam Lovejoy, former resident of the Montague Farm community: including discussions of Amherst College in the 1960s; Marshall Bloom; joining the Farm; SDS; antinuclear activity; MUSE; entering town politics in Montague; political corruption; significance of the Montague Farm.
2008 June 19
Guilford (Vt.) - Oral history interview with Richard Wizansky, former resident of Packer Corners Commune, discussing background; BU; radicalization and beginnings of Packer Corners commune; daily life on the Farm; division of labor and gender; women's liberation; being gay on the Farm; farming and self-sufficiency; changes in the Farm; relations with Johnson Pasture and Montague Farm; M... more
Springfield (Mass.) - From a series of oral histories with residents and employees of the Loomis Village Retirement Community, South Hadley, Mass., regarding their lives and experience in a retirement community. Harding Stewart in his home at Reed's Landing Retirement Community, discusses his relative Elvira Whiting Ball (founder of the Holyoke Home for Aged Women), his family, and life. The... more
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Mary Dumas, staff assistant (officially) or accreditation manager for the Division of Public Safety since 1968.
2008 June 21
Fels, Thomas Weston
North Bennington (Vt.) - Oral history interview with Tom Fels, writer and former resident of the Montague Farm community, discussing his background, daily life on the Farm; principles, practicality, and politics; Farmers' roles; ideology; alternative living; gender, sexuality, and homosexuality; women's roles; local politics and relations with local community; antinuclear activity; changes in t... more
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Jon Hite, working class UMass Amherst student beginning 1974, son of a dress cutter and clerk at Filenes; involved in student government.
2010 July 9
South Hadley (Mass.) - From a series of oral histories with residents and employees of the Loomis Village Retirement Community, South Hadley, Mass.: Jim Fleming is a thirty year employee of Loomis in charge of transportation and providing general support throughout the facility.
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Dan Melley '55, UMass administrator, Director of Public Affairs, and later vice chancellor for University Advancement; relating to student behavior during the 1950s and 1960s.