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.

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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

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