In the 1890s, Boston and Massachusetts had the largest per capita membership of both men and women in the League of American Wheelmen. It is fitting, then, that UMass Boston is fast becoming a research destination for Boston-area, New England, and national bicycling history. As of spring 2018, we hold nearly forty collections of cyclists' photographs, letters, publications, and scrapbooks, as well as the records of the League of American Wheelmen (now the League of American Bicyclists); proceedings of the International Cycling History Conferences; and runs of The Wheelmen magazine, The Wheelwoman, and many other bicycling publications. Browse and search finding aids for our processed Archival and Manuscript Collections related to bicycling history below.
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