The Massachusetts Agricultural College Pioneer Class of 1871 planted the first set of trees on the college campus on April 29, 1869, during their sophomore year. In 1912 a stone memorial was dedicated with much fanfare. The 27 elms were the first of many subsequent class gifts given to the college in the form of trees. The monument was placed in front of South College and is no longer there.


  • Plaque
    Plaque
  • 1913 Dedication Program cover, from Physical Plant: Subject Files, University Archives (RG 36/50).
    1913 Dedication Program cover, from Physical Plant: Subject Files, University Archives (RG 36/50).
  • 1913 Dedication Program, inside right, from Physical Plant: Subject Files, University Archives (RG 36/50).
    1913 Dedication Program, inside right, from Physical Plant: Subject Files, University Archives (RG 36/50).
  • 1913 Dedication Program, back, from Physical Plant: Subject Files, University Archives (RG 36/50).
    1913 Dedication Program, back, from Physical Plant: Subject Files, University Archives (RG 36/50).
  • 1913 Dedication Program, inside left, from Physical Plant: Subject Files, University Archives (RG 36/50).
    1913 Dedication Program, inside left, from Physical Plant: Subject Files, University Archives (RG 36/50).
  • Pioneer class of 1871 memorial rock, ca. 1921.
    Pioneer class of 1871 memorial rock, ca. 1921.
  • Elm allee on Olmstead Road, looking south toward Old Chapel, photograph, ca. 1920.
    Elm allee on Olmstead Road, looking south toward Old Chapel, photograph, ca. 1920.
  • M.A.C. Avenue in snow, photograph, ca. 1910.
    M.A.C. Avenue in snow, photograph, ca. 1910.
  • M.A.C. Avenue, Amherst, Mass., postcard, ca. 1905.
    M.A.C. Avenue, Amherst, Mass., postcard, ca. 1905.
UMass Special Collections: Physical Plant: Subject Files other than spec. blds. or parts of campus, 36/50.