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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, 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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ANNOUNCEMENT: Service moves and construction in the Healey Library

UPDATES: Wednesday, April 9 (10:00 am): At the end of the day on Wednesday, April 9, the Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) space on the 5th floor of the Healey Library will close for renovations. The CRC collection has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Library. If you have any questions about accessing the CRC collection, please stop of the Read full article »

Provincetown Mass. Memories Road Show Images and Stories Online Now

'My wife Susan Soults modeling as a mermaid for an Atlantic Coast Fisheries promotion for frozen fish to be sold in the Midwest, 1964.' Contributor: Tony Jackett. The images and stories gathered at the Provincetown Mass. Memories Road Show on September 28, 2013 are now available online. Held at the Veterans Memorial Community Building, the event was organized by the Provincetown Read full article »

Mass. Memories Road Show heads to Wayland

When: Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10 a.m - 2 p.m. Location: Wayland Middle School, 201 Main Street, Wayland, Mass. Click here for directions. Do you have a connection to Wayland, Massachusetts? Share your memories and take your place in Massachusetts history at this free, public event. Please bring up to three photographs related to your experience of Wayland. The photos will be scanned and immediately 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.

Digital Collections

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.