Betty Taymor papers now available for research

Letter from Hubert H. Humphrey to Betty Taymor, March 24, 1967

Letter from Hubert H. Humphrey to Betty Taymor, March 24, 1967

Guest post by Rachel Sherman, graduate student in UMass Boston’s History Department. Sherman processed this collection.

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston is pleased to announce that the papers of Betty Taymor are now processed and available for research. UASC’s recent acquisition of this collection reflects the university’s urban mission and strong support of community service.

Betty Taymor pioneered the path for women entering politics in Boston. This small collection of personal papers documents the activities of Betty Taymor during her democratic political career. The collection includes Taymor’s correspondence with political leaders including John F. Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy, Michael Dukakis, and Jimmy Carter. It also includes manuscripts and scrapbooks featuring articles about Taymor’s political work.

Taymor served as a trailblazer for women entering community politics and public policy in the Greater Boston area. From her beginnings with volunteering for the Americans for Democratic Action to combat McCarthyism in the 1950s, to campaigning for both President John F. Kennedy and Senator Edward Kennedy in the 1960s, Taymor aimed to speak for the voices unheard. She established the Program for Women in Politics in 1968 at Simmons College. Over the subsequent two decades, the program developed into what is today the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPPP) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Taymor’s legacy continues as the CWPPP serves to provide education and professional certification and experience for women leaders in politics. This collection sheds light on the political activities of women in Boston and helps document the history of the CWPPP at UMass Boston.

The timeline of the documents ranges from 1955 to 2009, with the bulk of the records dating from 1960 to 1994. The materials within the collection include correspondence such as letters, invitations, and telegrams between local, regional, and national democratic political members. Other documents include four scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and photographs focusing on Betty Taymor’s political career and personal life.

Materials in this collection are now available for consultation in the Archives Research Room (Healey Library, 5th floor). View the finding aid for this collection here.

For questions about this collection or to schedule a research appointment, please contact library.archives@umb.edu or 617-287-5469.


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 welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, and local history related to neighboring communities.

University Archives & Special Collections welcomes inquiries from individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in donating materials of an archival nature that that fit within our collecting policy. These include manuscripts, documents, organizational archives, collections of photographs, unique publications, and audio and video media. For more information about donating to University Archives & Special Collections, click here or email library.archives@umb.edu.

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Center for Law and Education: Morgan v. Hennigan case records now available

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston is pleased to announce that the Center for Law and Education: Morgan v. Hennigan case records, 1950-1994, (bulk) 1964-1994, have been reprocessed and are fully available for research. View the finding aid for this collection here.

Center for Law and Education: Morgan v. Hennigan case records, Garrity correspondence, 1975

Center for Law and Education: Morgan v. Hennigan case records, Garrity correspondence, 1975

The records in this collection are the papers of the Center for Law and Education in the landmark Boston school desegregation case Morgan et al. v. Hennigan et al., 379 F. Supp. 410 (1974), a complex and legally entangled class action suit against the state of Massachusetts and the Boston School Committee. The center served as co-counsel for the plaintiffs. The complaint filed in the Massachusetts District Court charged that the state and Boston school officials were maintaining a segregated school system that denied black students equal educational opportunities. Materials include original complaints, motions, plaintiffs’ requests, defendants’ answers, correspondence, interrogatories, notices, briefs, student assignment plans, transportation notes, individual city-wide parent council zones, plaintiff and defendant exhibits, transcripts, reports, and newspaper clippings.

Center for Law and Education: Morgan v. Hennigan case records, NAACP correspondence, 1975

Center for Law and Education: Morgan v. Hennigan case records, NAACP correspondence, 1975

In 1969 the Center for Law and Education opened its doors as the Harvard Center for Law and Education. It was founded as part of a legal services program established by the Office of Economic Opportunity and Harvard’s schools of law and education. The center is one of a series of university-affiliated national centers. As an interdisciplinary research institute, the center’s mission is “to protect and advance the legal interests of the poor through research and action on the legal implications of educational policies, particularly those affecting equality of educational opportunity.” From 1969 to the present, the center has been a legal advocate for educational issues and has helped shape federal laws that govern school programs in order to improve educational outcomes, particularly for low-income students and communities.

View the finding aid for this collection here.

For questions about this collection or to schedule a research appointment, please contact library.archives@umb.edu or 617-287-5469.


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 welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, and local history related to neighboring communities.

University Archives & Special Collections welcomes inquiries from individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in donating materials of an archival nature that that fit within our collecting policy. These include manuscripts, documents, organizational archives, collections of photographs, unique publications, and audio and video media. For more information about donating to University Archives & Special Collections, click here or email library.archives@umb.edu.

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Eastham Mass. Memories Road Show materials available now

The photographs and stories gathered at the Eastham Mass. Memories Road Show are available online now for research.

This is a photo of our immediate family taken at Cedarcrest--a cottage colony developed by Frank and Esther Gould after their little summer cottage in Harwich burned mysteriously to the ground. That was the impetus of my father to purchase nine acres of undeveloped land on the backs of the town cove across from Rachel's Cove. They successfully ran this colony for over 40 years before selling each one off to past guests. Pictured, from left to right: Barbara Gould Weber, Frank E. Gould, Esther Halower Gould, and Dana Bickford Gould.

The Frank Gould family, circa 1975. ‘This is a photo of our immediate family taken at Cedarcrest–a cottage colony developed by Frank and Esther Gould after their little summer cottage in Harwich burned mysteriously to the ground. That was the impetus of my father to purchase nine acres of undeveloped land on the backs of the town cove across from Rachel’s Cove. They successfully ran this colony for over 40 years before selling each one off to past guests.’ Contributor: Barbara Gould Weber.

 

The event, held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, was organized by the Eastham Public Library and hosted in its new building. Library Director Debra DeJonker-Berry led a town-wide collaboration among a large number of organizational partners including the Eastham Historical Society and the Town of Eastham Clerk’s Office. The program was supported by the Friends of the Eastham Public Library and the Eagle Wing Inn. Nearly thirty local volunteers came out on a beautiful spring day to partner with a team of UMass Boston staff members and public history graduate students, as well as “Roadies” from previous Mass. Memories Road Show events. Together they welcomed more than 100 adults and children with connections to the Cape Cod town.

Nellie is staffing her general store on Route 6 in North Eastham. The theater posters are for Orleans Theater movies showing is September and August. Pictured: my grandmother Nellie Nickerson.

Nickerson’s general store, 1940s. ‘Nellie is staffing her general store on Route 6 in North Eastham. The theater posters are for Orleans Theater movies showing in September and August. Pictured: my grandmother Nellie Nickerson.’ Contributor: Janice Nickerson.

 

Participants contributed images of growing up–and living year-round–in this seashore community over the years. They shared stories of their work in family businesses, the fire department, schools, and town politics. Memories of summer vacationing in Eastham with family and friends–enjoying recreational activities together such as swimming, fishing, crabbing, and boating along the ocean and bay shores–are also documented in the collection.

This picture was taken after a successful fishing trip for a striped bass! The picture was taken on a misty summer morning in our locust woods. Pictured, from left to right: George 'Kit' Thorlin, Paul Stevens, Jane Thorlin Fields, and Elfie the dog. Location: Nauset Road. Contributor: Joanna Stevens.

Successful fishing trip, 1967. ‘This picture was taken after a successful fishing trip for a striped bass! [It was] a misty summer morning in our locust woods. Pictured, from left to right: George ‘Kit’ Thorlin, Paul Stevens, Jane Thorlin Fields, and Elfie the dog. Location: Nauset Road.’ Contributor: Joanna Stevens.

 

Many contributors shared photographs and stories of their participation in lively community gatherings over the years, commemorating town anniversaries, marching in the Windmill Weekend parade, and celebrating Eastham’s agricultural heritage with an annual turnip festival.

Turnip Queen 2013 is greeted by her most devoted fan. Photo taken by Anton Anderson. Pictured, from left to right: Jack Kerig and Kaye Richardson. Location: Eastham Turnip Festival at Nauset Regional High School.

Turnip kissing Turnip Queen, 2013. ‘Turnip Queen 2013 is greeted by her most devoted fan. Photo taken by Anton Anderson. Pictured, from left to right: Jack Kerig and Kaye Richardson. Location: Eastham Turnip Festival at Nauset Regional High School.’ Contributor: Jack Kerig.

 

Several images illustrate community members’ pride in the town’s landmarks–such as Cape Cod National Seashore, an historical windmill, Nauset Light, and Coast Guard Beach. They further document residents cultivating the Eastham Famous Flower Island (EFFI) and exploring lesser-known corners with the Eastham Hiking Club.

Browse the Eastham Mass. Memories Road Show collection.


The Mass. Memories Road Show is a statewide digital history project that documents people, places and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. In partnership with teams of local volunteers, we organize public events to scan family and community photographs and videotape “the stories behind the photos.” The images and videos are indexed and incorporated into an online educational database. Since its launch, the project has gathered more than 9,000 photographs and stories from across the state. It is supported in part by the Patricia C. Flaherty ’81 Endowed Fund at UMass Boston.

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass 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 UMass Boston guide the collection policies of University Archives & Special Collections, with the university’s urban mission and strong support of community service reflected in the records of and related to urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, war and social consequence, and local history related to neighboring communities. To learn more, visit blogs.umb.edu/archives.

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Bicycling publications in University Archives & Special Collections

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston is pleased to announce that a number of our collections related to the history of bicycling have been processed and are now available for research. This is the fourth of several planned posts on Open Archives News that will highlight some of the recently-processed collections in University Archives & Special Collections related to the history of bicycling.

The Bicycle Network: Network News

The Bicycle Network: Network News

Bicycle Network: Network News publication, 1981-1999

Network News was the clipping service of the Bicycle Network that was started in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by John Dowlin. The clippings were presented as a bound publication that included articles from around the world pertaining to bicycling. Network News was published on a quarterly basis from 1980 to 1999. The collection spans 1.5 linear feet. View the finding aid for this collection here.

Hub Cycle and Radio Company 45th Anniversary publication, 1942

Hub Cycle and Radio Company 45th Anniversary Scrapbook, 1897-1942, published in Boston, Massachusetts, is a rare booklet describing the history of bicycling. View the finding aid for this collection here.

Hub Cycle and Radio Co. 45th Anniversary, 1897-1942 scrapbook

Hub Cycle and Radio Co. 45th Anniversary scrapbook, 1897-1942

The publications mentioned in this article are just two of the many publications in University Archives and Special Collections related to the history of bicycling, from the League of American Wheelmen Bulletin to Bicycle USA  to Pedal for Power. Keep reading Open Archives News for updates about when additional collections and publications are processed and available to researchers. Read more about the various bicycling-related collections in University Archives & Special Collections at UMass Boston here, and learn more about researching the history of bicycling here.

For questions about these collections or to schedule a research appointment, please contact library.archives@umb.edu or 617-287-5469.


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 welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, and local history related to neighboring communities.

University Archives & Special Collections welcomes inquiries from individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in donating materials of an archival nature that that fit within our collecting policy. These include manuscripts, documents, organizational archives, collections of photographs, unique publications, and audio and video media. For more information about donating to University Archives & Special Collections, click here or email library.archives@umb.edu.

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Nahant Mass. Memories Road Show photographs online now

The photographs and stories gathered at the Nahant Mass. Memories Road Show are available online now for research.

Gathering of summer playmates on grounds of Motley family home. These were my mom's generation of friends. Pictured, from left to right: Herbert Motley, Eleanor Warren Motley, George Richardson, Elizabeth Motley, Pierson Richardson, Elliot Richardson, David Devens, and Pat Devens.

Summer friends, 1924. ‘Gathering of summer playmates on grounds of Motley family home. These were my mom’s generation of friends. Pictured, from left to right: Herbert Motley, Eleanor Warren Motley, George Richardson, Elizabeth Motley, Pierson Richardson, Elliot Richardson, David Devens, and Pat Devens.’ Contributor: Kristy Lee.

 

Held at the Nahant Town Hall on Saturday, April 1, 2017, the event was organized by the Nahant Public Library01908, Nahant Council on Aging, Nahant Historical Society, Nahant Public Schools, Nahant Safer Waters in Massachusetts, Inc. (S.W.I.M.), and Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center with funding from the Friends of Nahant Public Library and the Nahant Cultural Council. Over twenty local volunteers came out on a snowy spring day to collaborate with a team of UMass Boston staff members and public history graduate students, as well as “Roadies” from past Mass. Memories Road Show events, to welcome more than 100 adults and children with connections to the town on the North Shore of Boston.

This is a rite of passage growing up here in Nahant--jumping off the wharf! My son relishes in every summer moment. Pictured: Casey DeCamp. Location: Town Wharf

Nahant summer rite of passage, 2014. ‘This is a rite of passage growing up here in Nahant–jumping off the wharf! My son relishes in every summer moment. Pictured: Casey DeCamp.’ Contributor: Liz Carlson.

 

Participants contributed images of everyday life in this tiny island community over the years. Summertime family gatherings are especially well represented in the collection. Many individuals shared memories of their enjoyment of the island’s natural beauty–and photographs capturing sunsets, beaches, and scenic views from their kitchen windows.

'Family photo on Curlew Beach where we played and swam. Pictured, from back to front, left to right: Isabelle (Belle) Oakes Hunnewell, Hollis Hunnewell, Elliot January Hunnewell, Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, Peter Remsen Hunnewell, and Edith Elliot Hunnewell, and Tiller. Location: Curlew Beach.'

Hunnewell family photo, 1972. ‘Family photo on Curlew Beach where we played and swam.’ Contributor: Edith E. Hunnewell.

 

Several photographs document informal gatherings of teenagers at the local convenience store and organized activities of groups such as the Girl Scouts, the Nahant Women’s Club and the Knights of Columbus.  Many images depict Nahant residents’ efforts to clean up the ocean waters around the island as well as the scientific research and education programs of Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center.

This photo pictures the founding director of the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Doc Riser. This photo means a lot of me because it exemplifies the perpetual curosity and love for science that made Doc an exemplary leader and inspired future generations of marine scientist. In my role as an educator at the Marine Science Center, I explore these same tidepools with youth and am honored to carry on Doc Riser's legacy of science curosity and passion. Pictured: Nathan 'Doc' Riser. Location: East Point.'

Tidepooling with Doc Riser, founding director of the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, 1960s or 1970s. ‘This picture means a lot to me because it exemplifies the perpetual curiosity and love for science that made him an exemplary leader and inspired future generations of marine scientists.’ Contributor: Val Perini.

 

Browse the Nahant Mass. Memories Road Show collection.


The Mass. Memories Road Show is a statewide digital history project that documents people, places and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. In partnership with teams of local volunteers, we organize public events to scan family and community photographs and videotape “the stories behind the photos.” The images and videos are indexed and incorporated into an online educational database. Since its launch, the project has gathered more than 9,000 photographs and stories from across the state. It is supported in part by the Patricia C. Flaherty ’81 Endowed Fund at UMass Boston.

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass 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 UMass Boston guide the collection policies of University Archives & Special Collections, with the university’s urban mission and strong support of community service reflected in the records of and related to urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, war and social consequence, and local history related to neighboring communities. To learn more, visit blogs.umb.edu/archives.

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