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Resources Documenting the History of Bicycling

Bicycling Collections at UMass Boston

University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston has recently acquired a number of archival collections that document the history of bicycling in Boston and across the United States. Contact us at library.archives@umb.edu for research assistance.

Browse bicycling-related articles on our online newsletter, Open Archives NewsSubscribe to our newsletter here to receive notifications of newly-processed collections. Contact us at library.archives@umb.edu if you have bicycling history-related collections that you would like to donate to us.

Learn about the differences between primary and secondary sources here.

Archival and Manuscript Collections

Selected Collections

American Youth Hostel records, 1874-2012, bulk 1936-2007

Andi Genser AIDS bicycle rides collection, 2005-2010

Bicycle Network: Network News publication, 1981-1999

Boston Area Bicycle Coalition, 1971-2010, bulk 1976-1998

Cathy Buckley papers, 1973-2007

Chet Johnson bicycling collection, 1965

Fred St. Onge scrapbooks, circa 1896-1922

Hub Cycle and Radio Company 45th Anniversary Scrapbook, 1897-1942

League of American Bicyclists records, 1880-1999, bulk 1965-1996

Michael Hanauer: Charles River Wheelmen collection 1980-2012, bulk 1980-1990

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway publications, 1993-1994

Nelson Dionne collection, 1900-2009

Phyllis Harmon: League of American Wheelmen (LAW) collection, 1880-2006, bulk 1965-1999

Ralph Galen papers, 1959-2012

Stuart Bradford Nova Scotia Bicycling Tour collection, 1969

The Wheelmen publication, 1970-2015

Explore all of our archival and manuscript collections that document the history of bicycling. To search by keyword within a finding aid, enter a subject term (like "mountain biking" or "rides") into the search bar at the top of the page and click "Search." To view highlighted keywords that you have searched for within an individual finding aid, click the "Text" tab at the top of that finding aid's page. Use the blue up and down arrows to move between instances of the keyword in the text view.

To access collections held outside of UMass Boston, search ArchiveGridWorldCat, and the Digital Public Library of America. Search for "bicycling" and related keywords. 

Books

Search the Healey Library's catalog for books about bicycling. Also try searching for related keywords like "bicycle," "bicyclist," and "cycling."

Journals

Selected Journals

American Historical Review

American Quarterly

Journal of American History

Journal of Contemporary History

Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Search these journals for "bicycling" and related keywords. Search and browse all of the Healey Library's ejournals. Click "Ejournals" under the "E-Resources" section.

Journal Databases

Search and browse all of the Healey Library's databases and indexes.

Newspapers

Selected Newspapers

Search and browse all of the Healey Library's newspaper databases.

Scholarly Works

Selected Works

Finison, Lorenz J., "Cycling Historiography, Evidence, and Methods" (2014). Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society.

Search the Healey Library's catalogScholarWorks, or WorldCat for dissertations, theses, and other scholarly works about bicycling.

Videos

Video Databases

Search these databases for "bicycling" and related keywords.

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