Photo of library director in front of tower

Mass Transformation 35th anniversary

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.

Collage of photos from Mass Transformation
group shot of UMass nursing students at Mass Transformation
Group shot of male students at Mass Transformation