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University Archives & Special Collections

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston was established in 1981 as a repository to collect archival material in subject areas of interest to the University, as well as the records of the University itself.

The mission and history of the University of Massachusetts Boston guide the collection policies of University Archives & Special Collections. Read more about the collections and activities of University Archives & Special Collections.

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Boston bicycling history in the news… and in the archives

Congratulations to author Lorenz Finison, whose book Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society has been named one of The Boston Globe's Best New England books of 2014! Published by the University of Massachusetts Press, Boston's Cycling Craze, 1880-1990 "explores the rise of Boston cycling through the lives of several participants ... reveals the challenges facing these riders in Read full article »

Publications Office photographs now available for research, online and in person

Chancellor Carlo Golino greeting students as they arrive on campus, circa 1974-1975. UASC-UAPHO-0004-0293-0006 University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston is excited to announce that the University of Massachusetts Boston Publications Office photographs, ca. 1966-2000, are now open for research. Additionally, a number of photographs from the collection have been digitized and are Read full article »

Special Issue on Education: Latest issue of the New England Journal of Public Policy available on ScholarWorks

The most recent issue of the the New England Journal of Public Policy, now available on ScholarWorks, explores education policy, equity in education, and education reform. Summarizing the topics explored in this special issue, journal editor Padraig O'Malley writes: "There is a proliferation of education entrapments. Many argue persuasively, that the root of inequity in educational outcomes is growing poverty and Read full article »

Mass. Memories Road Show heads to Boston’s West End this Saturday

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 –  10:00 am - 2:00 pm Location: The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. (on Lomasney Way), Boston, Mass. Click here for directions. Do you have a connection to the West End in Boston, Massachusetts? Share your memories and take your place in Massachusetts history at this free, public event. Please bring 1-3 photos in their original format and your stories to Read full article »

University Archives

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston collects materials that reflect the University’s urban mission and strong support of community service. The department also collects and preserves materials related to the history of UMass Boston. The University Archives constitutes the official records, publications, and photographs of the University of Massachusetts Boston, as well as materials documenting preceding institutions such as the Boston Normal School and Boston State College. View images and documents from the University Archives Historic Photographs collection and the University Archives Historic Documents collection on our digital collections site, as well as finding aids for University Archives records here.

Special Collections

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston collects materials that reflect the University’s urban mission and strong support of community service. The department's Special Collections contains records of social welfare organizations, community organizations and alternative movements, and local history (including the Boston Harbor Islands), as well as collections that document issues related to war and social consequence. Also contained in the department’s Special Collections is a selection of rare and special books. Explore finding aids for the department's Special Collections on our digital collections site.

Mass. Memories Road Show

The Mass. Memories Road Show is a state-wide project that documents people, places and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. In partnership with local organizations, we organize public events to scan family and community photographs and videotape “the stories behind the photos.” The images and video are indexed and incorporated into an online educational database, with nearly 5,000 images and hundreds of audio stories collected to date. The Mass. Memories Road Show is supported in part through the generosity of the Patricia C. Flaherty '81 Endowment Fund at University of Massachusetts Boston.