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The Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire College is a dynamic hub of people, technology, and information that serves as an incubator of ideas across all disciplines. Educating for change demands comprehension of the past and vision for the future. The library's innovative and risk-taking intellectual environment fosters new ways of creating knowledge and understanding. The Library actively stewards institutional history, and documents the lives and work of students, alums, faculty and staff.

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The mission of the Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections is to preserve and make accessible the records of Hampshire College as well as the creative and scholarly output of its students and faculty. In The Making of a College, by Franklin Patterson and Charles R. Longsworth, the authors refer to the library as the "educative aorta of the College." The Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections is an important part of the heart of the College, providing access to institutional heritage.

Please contact archives@hampshire.edu to make an appointment to use the collections.

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Archival boxes at Hampshire College

Barbara Mettler, dancer, dance educator, author, and film and video producer, developed her own style of modern dance, which emphasized improvisation. Her core principles were beauty, freedom, and democracy. Dance was conceived as a fundamental human activity, of which all people are capable, as opposed to an elite, choreographed, performance art. She taught widely, to diverse lay people, including adults, children, and the handicapped, primarily from her own Mettler Studios. Her students later formed the International Association for Creative Dance to carry the principles of her work forward.

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Mettler dancers

A collection of digitized posters from Hampshire College's commencement celebrations.

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1971 Hampshire College Commencement Poster

Plan Maestro Office was created in 1994 with the mandate to create a master plan for the renovation and preservation of historic Havana and for the visual documentation of the city as the planning authority of the Oficina del Historiador. Listed in 1982 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Old City of Havana is a 4.4 sq km (l.7 sq mi) area of high density 16th to 19th century buildings with many narrow 5.8 m (19 ft.) wide streets. Average building heights are 4.6 to 5.5 m (15 to 18 ft.) per floor.  An average colonial three-story building is 13.7 to 16.5 m (45 – 54 ft.) high. 

In 2012, Hampshire College through Professor Jacqueline Hayden initiated the Havana Archive Project with Plan Maestro; a digital archive of the Cuban Institute of Geodesy and Cartography 1980s photographs of the 1055 significant buildings in the Historic Center of Havana as determined by Dr. Eusebio Leal, Director of the Office of the Historian.  Professor Hayden and Hampshire College alum Guillermo Ortiz-Palacios with Alina Gonzalez, Specialist in Territorial Information System at Plan Maestro, organized and directed the scanning, following the Library of Congress guidelines for file formats.  The photographers from the Cuban Institute of Geodesy and Cartography made 4,722 negatives, approximately 80% of which are 5” x 7” glass plate negatives while the remaining 20% are 5” x 7” film negatives and 4,722 positive contact prints that have original measurements and notations drawn directly on them and form an integral part of the visual record of the working restoration of the old city of Havana. Many of the negatives were deteriorating from lack of humidity-controlled storage and chemical deterioration.  Some of the buildings photographed in the 1980s survey no longer exist. For example, two were demolished to build the new Russian Orthodox Church on that site.

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La Oficina del Plan Maestro se fundó en 1994 como la institución rectora de planificación de la Oficina del Historiador. Su objetivo era crear un plan integral de renovación, conservación y documentación visual del Centro Histórico. La "Habana Vieja" fue declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO en 1982. El Centro Histórico, considerado como de alta densidad poblacional, abarca 4.4 kilómetros cuadrados (1.7 millas cuadradas) y está integrado por edificios de los siglos XVI al XIX, con calles estrechas de 5,8 m (19 pies) de ancho. La altura promedio de los edificios es de 4.6 a 5.5 m (15 a 18 pies) por piso. Un típico edificio colonial de tres plantas tiene una altura de 13.7 a 16.5 m (45-54 pies).

En 2012, Hampshire College, bajo la coordinación de la profesora Jacqueline Hayden, inició el proyecto del archivo fotográfico digital de La Habana Vieja conjuntamente con la Oficina del Plan Maestro. El archivo integraría parte de la colección de imágenes fotográficas de 1055 edificios significativos del Centro Histórico de La Habana tomadas en 1980 por personal del Instituto Cubano de Geodesia y Cartografía según especificaciones del Dr. Eusebio Leal, Director de la Oficina del Historiador. La profesora Hayden y el alumno de Hampshire College Guillermo Ortiz-Palacios y la especialista en Sistemas de Información Territorial del Plan Maestro, Alina González Viera, organizaron y supervisaron el escaneo del material fotográfico, siguiendo los parámetros para formatos de archivo estipulados por la Biblioteca del Congreso. Los fotógrafos del Instituto Cubano de Geodesia y Cartografía obtuvieron 4,722 negativos, aproximadamente el 80% de los cuales eran placas de vidrio de 5"x7", mientras que el 20% restante eran negativos de película de 5"x7" así como 4,722 impresiones en papel con medidas y anotaciones originales dibujadas directamente sobre los mismos y que forman parte integrante del registro visual de las obras de restauración de la ciudad vieja. Muchos de los negativos se estaban deteriorando debido a la falta de almacenamiento adecuado, al exceso de humedad y al deterioro químico. Algunos de los edificios fotografiados en los años 80 ya no existen. Por ejemplo, dos de ellos fueron demolidos para construir la nueva Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa.

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Digital Photographic Archive of Historic Havana

In their final year at Hampshire, students undertake a major independent study project with the guidance of a faculty committee. The project might be a body of writing, art, or performance; or scholarly or scientific research. The final product is referred to as the Division III project, or “Div III.” The Division III Archive, maintained by the Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire, preserves and provides access to these works in perpetuity. Works are submitted by their creators. The Division III Archive online contains works from 2006 to the present. Print copies of text-based Division III projects submitted to the Library by students from 1971-2014 are available on the second floor of the Library, or in the Div III Showcase on the Library's main floor.

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Bell that Division III students ring when their final work is passed.

These are highlights from the papers of Eqbal Ahmad, scholar, teacher, writer, international political activist. Ahmad was Professor of Politics and Middle East Studies at Hampshire College from 1982 to 1997. The digital collection consists of primarily correspondence. Refer to the finding aid for more information about the entire collection.

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Letter from the Eqbal Ahmad papers

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