Lexington Mass. Memories Road Show images: Now online

Anahid Kazazian, Nairi Kazazian, and George Kazazian at their home on Concord Avenue, 1979.

The images and stories gathered at the Lexington Mass. Memories Road Show on March 16, 2013 are now available online. The event was part of LexCelebrate! Incorporation Weekend at Lexington High School, organized by the Lexington 300th Anniversary committee. Two dozen local volunteers worked together with a team of UMass Boston staff members and “Roadies” from past Road Shows to welcome individuals and families with connections to the town.

One hundred and forty-four individuals contributed over 300 photographs documenting personal memories of families, friends, and special events in Lexington and beyond. Many contributors shared photographs and stories about their experiences about coming to the United States from other parts of the world. The collection also includes several photographs of many Patriots’ Day parades and reenactments over the years, particularly the bicentennial celebration of the Battle of Lexington in 1975. School pictures from the 1960s and snapshots taken in the photobooth at the LexCelebrate! event are among the other types of community gatherings. Early views of local businesses such as Michelson’s Shoes, Berman’s Liquors, and Doran Greenhouses are featured as well.

Geeta Kannan and Sudha Balasuryan at the Lexington Mass. Memories Road Show, March 16, 2013.

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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 8,000 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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Peabody Mass. Memories Road Show images now available online

 

Anne Quinn at the Peabody Mass. Memories Road Show.

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston is pleased to announce the online availability of images and stories gathered at the Peabody Mass. Memories Road Show. The event was organized by the Peabody Institute Library, Peabody Council on Aging, Peabody Historical Society, and ArcWorks Community Art Center. It was held at the Torigian Community Life Center on October 20, 2012.

Twenty-six individuals contributed nearly 100 photographs. A St. John’s School class of 1933 reunion, the 1944 Junior Lodge of the Order of Sons of Italy, and Caroline “Lola” and Bill Busta’s 40th wedding anniversary party are among the community and family gatherings documented. Local sports teams represented in the collection include the 1945 Verza Tanning softball team and the 1948 Peabody High School track team.

Caroline “Lola” and Bill Busta at their 40th wedding anniversary celebration, 1992.

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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 8,000 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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Library of Congress lists Mass. Memories Road Show as resource for community digital archives

Diana Archibald and Turner Netherton at the Lowell Mass. Memories Road Show

We’re proud to report that the Mass. Memories Road Show, an initiative of University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston, was listed as one of “10 resources that provide useful insight into developing, managing and accessing community digital archives” in a recent post on the Library of Congress’ Digital Humanities Blog. We’re always pleased when the Mass. Memories Road Show can serve as a model for community-archiving and community-based public history endeavors.

View the full story: blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2013/06/10-resources-for-community-digital-archives.

Explore the Mass. Memories Road Show: openarchives.umb.edu.


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 8,000 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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Moving from Park Square to Columbia Point: Records document the search for a permanent UMass Boston campus

Buildings on the newly opened Columbia Point Campus of UMass Boston, circa 1974.

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston is pleased to announce the availability of a set of records that document the search in the late 1960s for a permanent campus site for the University of Massachusetts Boston.

The University of Massachusetts Boston was established in 1964, with its first campus opening in downtown Boston at Park Square. Shortly thereafter, the University began a search for a permanent campus location elsewhere in the Boston area. The search culminated with the establishment of the Columbia Point campus in 1974. These records document the search for a new campus, the various sites that were considered, and the public’s reactions to the move away from Park Square.

Materials span 1966-1969 and include consultants’ reports, maps, memoranda, press releases, correspondence, and statements for and against the establishment of a University of Massachusetts campus at Columbia Point.

View the finding aid for this collection.

These records have been reprocessed and reorganized by Jessica Holden, Special Projects Archivist/Librarian, as part of the University Archives & Special Collections’ activities in preparation for the University’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations.


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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Interviews with UMass Boston founding faculty: Now online

Founding faculty from UMass Boston, circa 1965. Included are Eisenmann Oral History Project interviewees: Thomas Brown (second row from the front, seventh from the left); Paul Gagnon (third row, on the far left); Don Costello (third row, fourth from the left); George Goodwin (fourth row, on the far left); and Shaun O’Connell (fourth row, third from the left). Click on the image to learn more.

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston is pleased to announce the online availability of interview transcripts and audio files from the Linda Eisenmann UMass Boston Oral History Project.

In the fall semester of 1998, students in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, under the direction of Professor Linda Eisenmann, completed a series of oral history interviews with founding faculty members at UMass Boston.

Faculty members were identified and invited to participate by Paul Gagnon, former dean and professor at UMass Boston, and Don Costello, the first admissions director of UMass Boston. Students in the Higher Education History course made arrangements directly with the faculty and conducted the interviews. Interviewees were informed that the oral histories would be used first in class, but would later become part of the permanent archives of the institution. Students followed a defined protocol in conducting the interviews; therefore, questions and topics are consistent across the interviews.

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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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