Friday, November 27, 2009

Elliot B. Lyman Portrait Whereabouts?

From: Bob Williford <>
Date: Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 11:01 AM
Subject: Elliot B. Lyman Portrait Whereabouts?

I received a call from out of state inquiring about the whereabouts of a portrait (caller implied it was an oil painting) of Elliot B. Lyman.  She believed it was presented to the South Hadley High School in the 1950s by the South Hadley Men's Club.  She thought the high school had "gotten rid of it."

Since the high school's library is named for Lyman, I asked their librarian, but she didn't know anything about it.

Anybody in the Historical Society know where it ended up?

Bob Williford
Reference Librarian
South Hadley Public Library
South Hadley, MA 01075
(413) 538-5045
FAX: (413) 539-9250

"All of us are smarter than any of us"

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Archiving the Collection News by Mary Lawler

The work has begun on digitally archiving the collection of The South Hadley Historic Society. After the coding system was established, work began on the photograph and post card collection. Each piece is being scanned, numbered and organized, and being returned to an archival environment where necessary. Throughout the process all records will be archived to CD.

This process is necessary to ensure that future generations will have access to information and images, when investigating their genealogy, writing articles or papers, and for research by historians and archivists. Many pieces in collections are facing ruin especially paper and fabric that is not encapsulated. Light, air pollution, and inherent acids are slowly destroying these items. The archiving process not only digitally records these pieces but also provides an opportunity to store them in an archival manner, if it has not already been done.

Addressing some of the concerns raised about the process, every photograph, paper or object in the collection will be handled with the utmost care. Objects in the collection that are of questionable historic value will be set aside but will not be disposed of without the Board of Directors review and vote after the archiving process is completed.

These records are not intended to be posted on the Internet, advertising what the Society has custody of, rather, the records be available in digital format when requested. One image was recently published by The Ensign on Page 20: A brief history of the South Hadley Inclined Plane Canal.  Digital archives also insure the information and images are preserved in case of any damage by fire, water or accident.

It is expected the entire project will span a three-year period, in part because it is volunteer driven.  At this writing, only three people are working on the process and many more are needed. Computer skills are not necessary for many of the tasks and all help is welcome. If you are interested in learning about archiving, or have some archiving or photography experience and would like to help, email Mary Lawler at

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

From Martha Terry RE November 12 Know Your Town meeting

Dear Bob,

Would you kindly forward this flier to any email lists you have, for example, the Progressive Democrats of South Hadley, the Historical Society, etc?  Thank you for doing this.


Martha Terry

Know Your Town

"Comprehending the Comprehensive Plan"


A framework for how South Hadley can revitalize its base,
Plan for growth in housing and where to locate it,
Retain our open space and natural treasures,
Cultivate our historical and cultural assets,
Strengthen our schools and municipal facilities
And communicate our community's business

THURSDAY, NOV. 12   7 P.M.
So Hadley High School Library

Come hear, share and participate

Presenters will be members of the
Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee