HIST 250 MCLA Archive Exploration


HIST 250 MCLA Archive Exploration


Items from the MCLA Archive


Students in MCLA's HIST 250: Museums, Monuments & Memory digitized items from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Archives as part of a class activity in Spring 2022 to introduce students to the process of archiving historical objects.


Kate Flower


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Archives, Freel Library, North Adams, MA


February 16, 2022


Students in HIST 250, Spring 2022




English, Latin


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams State College, State Teachers College of North Adams, North Adams, Massachusetts

Collection Items

Fabric numbers 1941
Mustard-colored fabric numbers. Numbers from 1941 collectively and were dontated to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Freel archives.

North Adams State College Student Information Card
A student information card given to students at orientation detailing important information. This includes a calendar, building reference guide, a list of fees, and the administrators at the time.

Photo of 1912 North Adams Normal School Women's Basketball Team
A women's basketball team named the Elizabeth's posing for a picture with another women's basketball team named the S.J.'s. The players on the Elizabeth's were named O'Connor, O'Hern, O'Shea, Blanchard, Gallagher, and Roach. The players on the S.J.'s…

Photo of 87 Blackinton Street, North Adams, MA
Photo of MCLA student Rob Masabry in front of two brick buildings at the end of Blackinton Street, as of 2022, the MCLA President's House in the front right and the MCLA Student Wellness Center in the back left. Text on the back reads "Christina…

Bow Tie Pin
This object is a gold finished pin, inscribed with the repeating abbreviation for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in navy blue. The idea of the pin was created by Alumni and Trustee Buffy Lord. These pins are given to community members…

A plastic paperweight with a seal on the top; seal has a lighthouse etching with Latin and English text
English text: North Adams State College
Latin text: LUX ESTO VERA

A small white toothbrush with "ORIENTATION 1970" inscribed on the handle given to new students at North Adams State College orientation in 1970; donated by Jerry Desmaris, Class of 1974.

Photo of North Adams Normal School Students at 1930 Graduation
North Adams Normal school graduation photo of F. McDonald, Marjorie Hume, and A. Marshall. June, 1930.
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