W.E.B. DU BOIS SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
The W.E.B. Du Bois Library is the main library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the flagship campus of the state's university system. It is named the library in honor of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963), renowned civil rights activist, co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (1909), and the first African-American to earn a doctorate (Harvard). Du Bois also studied at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, from 1892-94.
Of the numerous services and resources available at the Du Bois Library, three Special Collections are of note for those interested in East Germany and the Cold War:
- the Siegfried Ebert Collection contains primary source material on the East German artist and DEFA animator Siegfried Ebert;
- the East German Packaging Design Collection showcases how East German consumer products were marketed;
- and the Hans Joachim Ring Collection of East German Cinema features film programs, fliers and other materials used to advertise films to East German audiences.