Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives at UMass Dartmouth

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been actively collecting records of social, cultural, educational and religious organizations and personal and family papers of the Portuguese community in the United States since 1996.

The archives currently include 19 fully-processed collections of manuscripts documenting local Portuguese American families and organizations, and the work of important individuals within the Portuguese community nationally, a collection of photographs on a wide range of topics, an oral history collection, over 150 boxes of original newspapers from the Portuguese press in the United States, and personal papers collections of local politicians, educators, authors, and businessmen.

For more information on the collection, including an online listing and descriptions of their holdings, visit the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives at

Monday, February 9, 2009

Workshop with Photo Detective Maureen Taylor a success!

On Saturday, January 24, 2009, Maureen Taylor, well known genealogist and "photo detective", conducted a workshop on "Identification of Old Photographs" at the Brewster Ladies' Library Auditorium in Brewster, MA.

During the four and a half hour workshop, Maureen showed the 35 members attending how they can use clues such as hair styles, clothing details and objects found in old photographs to date them. She also examined individual photos provided by participants in order to help them figure out who was in a photo, when the photo was taken and what the relationships were of people in the photographs. Maureen finished her presentation with advice on proper storage of old photographs as well as information on the restoration of damaged and "diseased" photographs.