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, with the University’s urban mission and strong support of community service reflected in the records of and related to urban planning, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, war and social consequence, and local history related to neighboring communities, including notable collections associated with Dorchester and the Boston Harbor Islands.
To carry out its mission, University Archives & Special Collections recognizes a formal commitment to working with, promoting, and assisting community archives in the Greater Boston area through facilitating cross-organization collaboration and access to informational, educational, and practical resources relevant to archival procedures and best practices.
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Gary Little, mentor coordinator at Span, Inc., (center) makes a forceful point during a discussion on prisoner reentry issues, held at the Boston Center for the Arts. Other participants, from left, were moderator Andrea Cabral, then sheriff of Suffolk County; Daniel Cordon, director of transitional employment at Haley House; Lyn Levy, founder and executive director of Span, Inc.; and Read full article »
The history of and access to public broadcasting recordings dating back to the 1950s (from radio broadcasts to television shows) is the focus of a recent article in the Boston Globe. The article describes the partnership between the Library of Congress and WGBH to establish the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Through this partnership, the Library of Congress and WGBH are working to digitize Read full article »
University Archives & Special Collections welcomes the arrival of the exhibition “Conversations Between Communities: UMass Boston Archaeology for and with the Nipmuc Nation and the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation” in the Grossmann Gallery on the 5th floor of the Joseph P. Healey Library. "Conservations Between Communities" combines cultural objects and photographs to showcase two ongoing UMass Boston archaeological projects that Read full article »
Foresters Mortuary Records
University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston recently acquired the historical organizational records of the Catholic Association of Foresters, thanks to the efforts of members of The Irish Ancestral Research Association. TIARA rescued the records from consignment to the dumpster and served as able custodian of this collection from 2005 – 2011. To learn more about this collection and to search the Foresters Records, click here.
Explore the Open Archives Digital Collections of the University of Massachusetts Boston. University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston collects materials related to the University's history, as well as materials that reflect the university's urban mission and strong support of community service, notably in collections of records of urban planning, social action, alternative movements, community organizations and local history related to neighboring communities including the Boston Harbor Islands.
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 more than 3,000 images and hundreds of audio stories collected to date.