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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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Mass. Memories Road Show heads to Boston’s West End this Saturday

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 –  10:00 am - 2:00 pm Location: The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. (on Lomasney Way), Boston, Mass. Click here for directions. Do you have a connection to the West End in Boston, Massachusetts? Share your memories and take your place in Massachusetts history at this free, public event. Please bring 1-3 photos in their original format and your stories to Read full article »

UMass Boston newsletters from 1965 to 2009 now available online

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the University of Massachusetts Boston, University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library is pleased to announce that we've digitized nearly 50 years of campus newsletters and have posted the full, searchable run online here. These newsletters, starting with the Bulletin in 1965 and ending with the University Reporter in 2009, Read full article »

Remembering Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Class of 1988

Mayor Thomas Menino, Verizon's Robert Mudge, UMass Boston Chancellor Sherry Penney, and Ira Jackson at the Business-Higher Education Forum, 1998. UASC-UAPHO-0002-0063-0004 Today, the City of Boston bids farewell to beloved five-term mayor Thomas M. Menino, who passed away last Thursday, October 30. Menino received his bachelor of arts in 1988 from UMass Boston's College of Public and Community Service with a Read full article »

Volume from Healey Library’s Special Collections featured in Rose Art Museum exhibition

Ernst Friedrich’s War Against War (1924), from University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston recently had the opportunity to broaden exposure to our collections by loaning our copy of Ernst Friedrich’s War Against War (1924) to the Rose Art 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.