University of Massachusetts Boston: Human Rights Working Group Records – Now open for research

Guest post by Kristen Weischedel

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University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston is pleased to announce that the records of the Human Rights Working Group at the University of Massachusetts Boston are now open to researchers.

This relatively small collection, one linear foot, chronicles the evolution of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Human Rights Working Group, which was created in March 2001 with the goal of establishing a human rights minor and center at the university. The group also worked to collaborate with communities outside UMass Boston, bringing activism to the campus and campus activism to the greater community.

This collection reveals daily activities of the organization from 2001 to 2006. Included among these materials are research, petitions, correspondence, mission statements, and meeting documents, which provide unique insight into the workings of this important student and faculty collaboration.

View the finding aid for this collection.

For questions about this collection or to schedule a research appointment, please contact or 617-287-5469.

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Spring/Summer 2015 issue of the New England Journal of Public Policy available on ScholarWorks

2015 NEJPP Cover_v1 (1)The most recent issue of the New England Journal of Public Policy is now available on ScholarWorks, the open access repository for scholarship and research out of UMass Boston.

Describing the topics explored in this issue, journal editor Padraig O’Malley writes: “In this edition of the journal several articles address a range of important, and in some cases too often overlooked policy issues, too broad in scope for their conclusions and recommendations to be encapsulated adequately in a brief paragraph. Their diversity, however, highlights a key characteristic of the New England Journal of Public Policy – that of being open to publishing articles that have insightful bearings on how public policy is addressed, not only in the New England states, but throughout the country and in the international community – a community of nations increasingly interdependent with constraints on national sovereignty we are still grappling to come to terms with.”

The New England Journal of Public Policy has been published since 1985 by the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Full issues of the open access journal are available on ScholarWorks.

Apart from an introductory note by journal editor O’Malley, who is also the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation at UMass Boston, the contents of this issue include:

South African Solidarity with Palestinians: Motivations, Strategies, and Impact by Rajini Srikanth

‘Listen to What You Say': Rwanda’s Postgenocide Language Policies by Lynne Tirrell

Training Together: State Policy and Collective Participation in Early Educator Professional Development by Anne Douglass, Alice Carter, Frank Smith, and Sherri Killins

Churning in the Human Services: Nefarious Practice or Policy of ‘Creative Destruction’? by Christopher G. Hudson

Urban Inspiration Can Come from Unlikely Sources: What Boston Can Learn from Cities in Transition Around the World by Andrew Tarsy

War, the United Nations, and Peacekeeping by Robert Weiner and Carlos Andres Aguilera Ariza

Revised Emblems of Erin in Novels by John McGahern and Colum McCann by Shaun O’Connell

To view the full issue, and to explore back issues of this publication, click here.

ScholarWorks is the University of Massachusetts Boston’s online, open access institutional repository for scholarship and research. ScholarWorks serves as a publishing platform, a preservation service, and a showcase for the research and scholarly output of members of the UMass Boston community. ScholarWorks is a service of the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston.

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UMass Boston archivists give presentation at ACRL/NEC annual conference

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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 Physical, Virtual and those Places in Between, Meghan Bailey and Andrew Elder presented as part of the poster session on the department’s efforts, sparked by the 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of Massachusetts Boston, to carry out a wide range of initiatives, all focused on locating, accessioning, preserving, and sharing the physical evidence of the university’s history.

Meghan and Andrew represented the department at the conference, but the poster was developed and designed collaboratively by the full staff of University Archives & Special Collections.

acrl posterOur poster, titled “‘Save Our History!’ Collaborating to Preserve the Past at UMass Boston,” outlines the various collecting activities, outreach methods, digitization projects, and dogged detective work that resulted in the addition of more than 2,500 linear feet of unique historic materials to the University Archives, as well as a number of well-received public events and exhibitions. We highlight our planning processes, marketing efforts, outreach and collecting endeavors, and our work to share the history of UMass Boston with members of the university community and beyond. We also highlight a number of our successes and identify ways other institutions and archives can work collaboratively to launch similar initiatives.

View the poster and handout here.

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 institution’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. To learn more about University Archives & Special Collections, visit

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