A special event took place on the Amherst Campus of the University of Massachusetts during the four days of September 25-28, 1986.
Assisted by donations of cash, materials, equipment, and refreshments, nearly 4,000 volunteers—most of them students—painted, cleaned, decorated, and landscaped the 28-story University Library, (now the W. E. B. Du Bois Library), adding the finishing touches to $2.5 million in state-funded renovations to the building.
Known as Mass Transformation, this project was much more than a four-day event; it was the culmination of a 10-month planning process that involved campus-wide collaboration between many agencies and offices.
Photos courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives.