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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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UMass Boston archivists give presentation at ACRL/NEC annual conference

Meghan Bailey, Processing Archivist in the Healey Library at UMass Boston (left), and a conference attendee discuss the department’s poster. Last week, archivists from University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston headed to the ACRL/NEC Annual Conference in Worcester, Massachusetts. At this year’s conference, called Spacing Out with the Library: An Exploration of Collaboration Across the Read full article »

Chew on This: 11th annual Mass History Conference explores the history of food in Massachusetts

When: Monday, June 1, 2015 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Where: Hogan Campus Center, College of Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. Online registration is open. Visit www.masshumanities.org. Click here for directions. At this, the eleventh annual Mass History Conference, conference organizers will welcome the many small historical organizations and practitioners preserving, interpreting, and deepening the exploration of Massachusetts history. You are what you eat! Or are Read full article »

Phyllis Harmon: League of American Wheelmen (LAW) Collection – Now open for research

Guest post by Lindsay Sprechman Phyllis Harmon: League of American Wheelmen (LAW) Collection University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healy Library at UMass Boston is happy to announce that the Phyllis Harmon: League of American Wheelmen (LAW) Collection is now open and available for research. This collection documents Phyllis Harmon’s work in the bicycling community, especially her work Read full article »

May4Matters: Remembering the 45th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State

Cover of the Mass Media, May 20, 1970. University Archives and Special Collections, Joseph P. Healey Library, UMass Boston. In May 1970, students, faculty, and staff at the University of Massachusetts Boston joined more than 1,250 colleges in protesting the shootings at Kent State on May 4 and, later, at Jackson State on May 15. On May 5, UMass Boston’s student 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.