University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston has nearly 300 collections. The finding aids to these collections provide detailed information about our materials (that is, the actual letters, photographs, maps, organizational records, diaries, audiotapes, videotapes, etc.). Some of the materials described in the finding aids are available online, and links to these are included within the finding aid. In other cases, particular records of interest may be scanned and sent to a researcher for a fee. Please contact Archives staff to make a research appointment or to learn more about our collections.
The collections in University Archives & Special Collections are divided into two broad categories:
For additional assistance or to schedule a research visit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-287-5469.
The collections in University Archives & Special Collections are further divided into a range of more specific sub-categories, listed below, that can assist in browsing and searching.
|Activism||Cuban Activists Archive||School Desegregation|
|Boston Harbor/Boston Harbor Islands||Gardens/Green Spaces||UMass Boston|
|Boston Normal School||Joiner Center/Joiner Institute||Urban Planning|
|Boston State College||Labor||Vietnam War|
|Community Organizations||Poetry||War and Social Consequences|
Finding aids for all collections are in PDF format and may be found through the various search tools of our digital collections site. In addition, bibliographic records for all of the monographs in the department and some collection-level descriptions of the archival and manuscripts collections appear in the library’s online catalog.
The following overview of our collection is intended to help orient researchers to the range of materials in University Archives and Special Collections at UMass Boston.
The records of local nineteenth- and early twentieth-century private social welfare and charitable organizations provide us with a history of the work of these agencies and of the people they served. The agencies include orphanages, settlement houses, and social welfare institutions in the Boston area.
In Boston, as in other urban centers, people often respond to the social issues and conditions of the day by organizing into voluntary community-based organizations. The community can be defined as either a geographical community (responding to an issue in a neighborhood for instance) or as a community of shared interest responding to contemporary social issues. Our collections document these aspects of the recent and contemporary history of Boston, its citizens and its neighborhoods.
A collection of books, publications, ephemera, and family papers primarily about the Dorchester section of Boston, its citizens and its neighborhoods, has been established from contributions of Dorchester residents and organizations. Our collections document the history of Dorchester as a twentieth-century urban community and how it has responded to changes in mid- and late twentieth-century society. Other local history collections document various aspects of Boston history, with notable collections related to the Boston Harbor Islands and Boston bicycling history.