Special Collections

The collections highlighted here are shelved together and segregated from the Main Collection, or they were formed/acquired from grant funds.

Help Preserve Our History!

During this unprecedented time in history, the Lamar Soutter Library is working to document the impact of COVID-19 on the institution and UMass community. In addition to materials we currently collect to document the institution’s official response, we are encouraging students, faculty, and staff to consider donating materials that document their experiences. These materials will be preserved in the Archives as part of its permanent collections and will be available for scholarly research.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I document?
Listed below are a few suggestions of types of materials to document your experience.

  • Students
    • messages from faculty about how classes would continue online
    • material showing how student organizations handled the pandemic
    • photographs and video documenting student life during the campus closure and stay at home order, etc.
    • journals, artwork, or other ways in which students documented their personal experiences
  • Faculty and Staff
    • course syllabi and teaching materials created for online learning
    • departmental and school planning documentation and other communications
    • guidelines and personal reflections on adjusting to teaching or working from home
    • communications sent to your students (for courses, advising, etc.)

How should I document my experience?
Please use this brief submission form to share your stories and to upload photo, video, or text documentation for the Archives.

What kinds of materials do you accept?
We can accept material in a variety of formats such as handwritten documents, digital documents, video or audio files, web pages, or photos.

Digital materials can be submitted anytime by using this submission form. To donate physical materials, please contact Kristine Sjostedt to make arrangements.

Please only submit materials you are comfortable with other people seeing as the materials will become a permanent part of the Archives. IMPORTANT: If your submission includes other people you must have their permission to submit your materials. Please be aware that your submission will be in the Archives and accessible by other people.

What happens after I submit my material?
When we receive your submission, we will review it and contact you if we have any questions. The digital files will be added to the Archives database where they will be preserved. A description of the materials will be made available online. The materials may also be used in exhibits and displays, both physical and online.

Questions may be directed to Kristine Sjostedt, Office of Medical History and Archives, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Office of Medical History and Archives

Collections include the Rare Book Room, History of Medicine and Health Care Collection, Women in Medicine Collection, UMMS Authors Collection, and archival manuscripts and records.

Humanities in Medicine (HIM) Collection

The Humanities in Medicine Collection, established June 27, 2002, is a collaborative effort of the Worcester Medical Library and the Lamar Soutter Library. Its purpose is to emphasize the human aspects of healthcare through broad reading from the world's literature. It also strives to promote reading about the history, sociology and ethics of medicine. This collection is overseen by the Humanities in Medicine Committee.

UMMS Theses and Dissertations

The Lamar Soutter Library holds a copy of most of the more than 1,000 masters theses and doctoral dissertations issued by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN). Electronic full-text, open access copies are available for most theses and dissertations through the eScholarship@UMMS repository in the GSBS Dissertations and Theses and Graduate School of Nursing Dissertations collections.

The binding of print copies of theses and dissertations has been discontinued by both graduate schools. Print copies of pre-2017 GSBS dissertations and pre-2018 GSN dissertations are generally available in the library’s physical collection.

Graphic Medicine Collection

The Graphic Medicine Collection, established July 29th, 2016, strives to encourage more empathetic communication about healthcare between patients, physicians, and families. It is one of only a few such collections in any medical school across the country. The collection has been partially funded through a "Mapping the Landscape, Journeying Together" grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute.