Fifty Photographs: selections from SCUA collections

Charles Eastman in Amherst

by Frank A. Waugh, ca.1910

One might not expect to find a Santee man in full plains attire living in the middle of Amherst, but Charles Eastman lived on Belchertown Road from 1911-1919. An advocate for native rights, Eastman became known for a series of books and lectures describing Native American history, lives, and beliefs.

The image of Eastman was taken by Frank Waugh, the legendary garden designer and founder of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Mass. Agricultural College. Waugh's landscaping work shaped UMass in a literal sense, while his prolific photographs and etchings shaped memory of the college during the first decades of the twentieth century.