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UMass Lowell Historic Hang Gliding Club photograph

The UMass Lowell Hang Gliding Collection

The University of Lowell Hang Gliding Club was established in 1974 by faculty member Bill Blood and the late Dr. John Kelly. The club was active until the early 1990s. They had events in Claremont, N.H. and Groton, Mass. The club won several intercollegiate hang gliding completion awards.

The Hang Gliding Club Collection consists primarily of photo and video records of the club's activities. The collection also includes the 1980 plans for an experimental graphite hang glider designed by ULowell student and club member Craig Douglas.

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A photograph of a screening of Derek Jarman's Blue in London

Derek Jarman's final film, "Blue"

The Honors College, The Department of Public Health, The Office of Student Activities, and 91.5 WUML are proud to present Derek Jarman's final film, "Blue", a powerful testimony to the late director's deeply personal account of living with both blindness and AIDS.

Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in O'Leary 222

Please join us to experience this film's legendary soundtrack and content. A distinguished panel of students and faculty will discuss the sounds and themes of the film prior to screening.

The program in its entirety will coincide with a live broadcast of the soundtrack over the airwaves on 91.5 FM or at

All are welcome!

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Drawing of Tall Chimney construction plans from The Locks and Canals Collection

The Locks and Canals Collection

The Library of the Proprietors of Locks and Canals on the Merrimack, one of the oldest corporations in America, contains works used in the construction, maintenance, and improvement of the Lowell canal system and its mechanisms as well as several hydroelectric plants .

The collection is comprised of what would have been state of the art books and pamphlets, in English and French, dating from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. Many of the books are beautifully illustrated. Subject areas include architecture, astronomy, civil engineering, law mechanics, and physics.

It is miraculous that this library survived intact. The prospective use of these antiquarian books are predominantly in the area of the history of engineering.

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