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UMass Dartmouth photographs

Identifier: PC-006

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of black and white and (some) color photographic prints taken mostly by the Library PhotoGraphics Department, of university staff, faculty, students, events and buildings for use by various university departments. Early (1965-1972) images of faculty and staff appear to have been created for use in the yearbook. These were probably taken by a hired photographer because the Library Photographic Department was not created until the early 1970s. Selected images have been digitized and are cataloged in the Archives and Special Collections’ Digital Archives Collection.


  • 1965-

Biographical / Historical

On July 7, 1960, at the recommendation of the governor, the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted legislation creating Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institution from the merger of the Bradford Durfee College of Technology in Fall River and the New Bedford Institute of Technology in New Bedford (Chapter 543 of the Acts and Resolves of Massachusetts, 1960). SMTI was to be maintained by the Commonwealth for the purpose of “giving instruction in the theory and practical arts of engineering and science, the liberal arts, and other appropriate curricula which shall be established from time to time to include such scientific, technological, and other studies as may be deemed desirable by the board of trustees (Chapter 75B, section 1).” The General Court appropriated $1.5 million dollars in 1960 to acquire land for a campus site and for development of the initial architectural plans. 700 acres in North Dartmouth were acquired, architect Paul Rudolph was hired to design the campus, and ground was broken for the first building June 14, 1964. Group I was dedicated June 5, 1966 and opened for classes that fall. Group II, Research, and the Textile Technology Building were completed in 1969; the Administration building was completed in 1970, and the Campus Center and Athletic Center were completed in 1971. Between 1960 and 1966 campuses were maintained as SMTI in both New Bedford and Fall River, at the facilities of the merged schools.

The name of SMTI was changed in 1969 to Southeastern Massachusetts University (Chapter 396 of the Acts of 1969) when the institution received formal university status from the Commonwealth, recognized as an independent unit within the state system consisting of five undergraduate colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business and Industry, Engineering, Nursing and Fine and Applied Art- and one graduate school - Engineering. SMU joined the 5 campus system of the University of Massachusetts, which came into existence on September 1, 1991, under the name University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


9 Linear Feet (24 photo binder boxes and 3 photo print boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from various internal sources.


Additional material may be added to this collection.

Related Materials

URC 44 is the Publications Department job files, which include many of these photos, and PC 12 is the Publications Department photograph collection.

PC 6, UMass Dartmouth photographs
Judy Farrar
January 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA