University Archives & Special Collections launches Instagram account

University Archives & Special Collections is excited to announce that we have recently launched an Instagram account. We are regularly sharing selections from our archival and manuscript collections, rare books, historic UMass Boston photographs, and Mass. Memories Road Show images. Recent topics include the construction of UMass Boston’s campus on Columbia Point, the failed search for Arctic explorer John Franklin’s written records, and the Roman mausoleum and fortress Castel Sant’Angelo. Follow us at @umbarchives to join the fun! Browse a sample of our posts below.

Construction on Columbia Point campus, early 1970s The House Beautiful by Clarence Cook Sir Allen William Young's ship the Pandora
Melanges de poesie et de litterature. Par M. de Florian. Satires de Dulorens The hyacinth or affection's gift : a Christmas, New Year, and birth-day present, for 1853
UMass Boston chorus performing at the university's original campus in Park Square photo of Castel Sant'Angelo from an 1882 album compiled by Fanny Sedgewick Pomeroy 1927 reprint of Martin Luther's 1545 German translation of the Bible


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


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