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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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Visualizing Historical Data with the MetroBoston DataCommon

Late last year, the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Mass., offered a workshop titled "How to Do History with Online Mapping Tools" as part of a series related to the Museum and Library’s collection of historic maps. The workshop was sponsored by the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation. In the workshop, participants learned how to use online tools to consult and Read full article »

Archival collection documents 50 years of UMass Boston

UMass Boston has come a long way since first opening its doors to students in 1965 -- something we were thrilled to see highlighted in a recent Boston Globe article about the opening of the Integrated Sciences Complex. But there's so much more to the story of UMass Boston. To that end, University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library Read full article »

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 »

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.