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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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The story behind the photos: Video interviews from the Mass. Memories Road Show

The Mass. Memories Road Show team is thrilled to announce that the video interviews collected at Mass. Memories Road Shows over the past 10 years are starting to become available at openarchives.umb.edu. For this progress, we thank Lael Dalal, a summer intern from the archives program at Simmons College's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, who has developed a Read full article »

Who’s Who? — Chancellor Carlo L. Golino and others look at plan for Columbia Point campus

As part of UMass Boston’s 50th anniversary celebrations, students working with University Archives & Special Collections have been digitizing, describing, and making available photos from the school’s past. View our collection of University Archives Historic Photographs. While every effort is made to identify individuals and events pictured, we can always use your help filling in some of the gaps! Every week we will Read full article »

Call for Collection Donations: Boston Harbor and the Harbor Islands

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library welcomes inquiries from individuals and organizations who are seeking an archival home for materials that may now be riskily stored in basements or old file cabinets but that would serve as valuable research materials for scholars, students, and the general public if preserved and made accessible through their local Read full article »

Tangible Things in University Archives & Special Collections at UMass Boston

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich at the Mass. History Conference. Her keynote talk was titled "Upstairs, Downstairs, and All Around the House: Making Work Visible." Photograph courtesy Mass Humanities. At the recent Massachusetts History Conference keynote speaker Laurel Thatcher Ulrich encouraged attendees to consider the “tangible things” in history. As I look around our collections, several items catch my eye – a 1940 Fun with 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.