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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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Thursday, Oct. 30 – I Can See For Miles: The Past, Present, and Future of the Nantucket Field Station

When: Thursday, October 30, 2014 | Noon – 2:00 pm Where: Campus Center, 3rd floor Ballroom, section C (3550C), University of Massachusetts Boston Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. The Nantucket Field Station was donated to the University of Massachusetts in 1963 and became a part of the teaching and research activities of UMass Boston when the university first opened its doors in 1965. Read full article »

Book Reading and Reception: A People’s History of the New Boston

When: Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm Where: Point Lounge, Campus Center 3rd Floor, on the campus side, University of Massachusetts Boston Join the Friends of the Joseph P. Healey Library for a reading from and reception for Jim Vrabel's new book, A People's History of the New Boston, published by UMass Press. Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Read full article »

Appreciating Difference: Latest issue of the Trotter Review available on ScholarWorks

DeAma Battle, artistic director and choreographer. Photo courtesy of DeAma Battle. The most recent issue of the Trotter Review, now available on ScholarWorks, explores how immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa wrestle with, define and adapt their identity after they arrive in the United States. Original research articles look at Haitian youth, African fathers and the children of Caribbean immigrants. The Read full article »

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) records: Now available for research

PRIM&R 20th Anniversary poster, 1984 University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston is pleased to announce the availability of the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) records (1972-2008) for research. Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1974 in response to increasingly complex and sensitive problems 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.