July volunteer meet-up for 1919 Boston Police Strike Project

Black and white photo of police officers in uniform.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library. From the Herald Traveler: “It took Commissioner Curtis only eight minutes to try these officers of the new policemen’s union today. Left to right, front row: George E. Ferreria, Hanover Street; James G. Butler, Mattapan; Stephen Dunleavy, Joy Street; Thomas Driscoll, Joy Street; James J. Peters, Fields Corner; and back row: Marshall Joyce, City Point; William Brown, Guardian, Back Bay; Philip Corbett, Back Bay.”

What: 1919 Boston Police Strike Volunteer Meet-up

Where: CALLI Room, 4th floor, Healey Library, UMass Boston campus

When: Friday, July 26, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

RSVP: Kindly RSVP to bpstrike@live.umb.edu by Wednesday, July 24.

The 1919 Boston Police Strike Centennial Commemoration is right around the corner, and we need help with editing the auto-generated blurb about a striker and cleaning it up to produce a short, objective narrative of the striker’s life. These bios are one component of a striker’s full profile, which may also include a portrait and family stories or memories. It is a record of a striker’s life that may facilitate future, more focused research.

We have standardized this stage as much as possible to make the bio-writing process easy, and the bios relatively uniform. Please join us on Friday, July 26 to edit a few auto-generated bios. It is satisfying to see the hard work of research result in a short life story.

Screenshot of the auto-generated text (bottom) and finalized biographical profile (top) for striker Michael Alesi.

The auto-generated text (bottom) and finalized biographical profile (top) for striker Michael Alesi.


We will be working on iPads for this project, but please bring your personal laptop if you prefer to work on a more familiar computer.

Please remember to register for the centennial commemoration event on Saturday, September 7 from 3:00-5:00 pm. Seating is limited and reservations are filling quickly!

Click here to register for this free event.

Please note that we will be meeting in the CALLI room location: Healey Library, 4th  floor.

All current volunteers are welcome, including those in the process of taking the online training course. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Directions to campus are available here, and a campus map is available herePLEASE NOTE: The exterior stairs from the plaza up to Healey Library are CLOSED. Please access Healey Library through the catwalk system.

We look forward to seeing you!

Save the Date:

1919 Boston Police Strike Centennial Event: Saturday, September 7, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (UMass Boston campus)

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