In 2016, University Archives and Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston launched the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive with an initial donation by Pacey Foster of recordings from Lecco's Lemma, a local rap music show that was founded by Magnus Johnstone and ran from 1985 to 1988 on college radio stations WMBR (88.1 FM) and WZBC (90.3 FM). The Lecco's Lemma collection contains nearly 300 demos by local artists that were given to Magnus, as well as nearly 200 recordings of the show made by Willie "Loco" Alexander.
As we continue to develop this new collection area, we welcome donations of archival materials from musicians, DJs, break dancers, graffiti artists, producers, promoters, and fans that will help us document the rich heritage and legacy of hip-hop culture in Boston and Massachusetts.
Click here to learn more about contributing materials to the collection.
Browse hip-hop-related articles on our online newsletter, Open Archives News. Subscribe to our newsletter here to receive notifications of newly-processed collections. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have hip-hop materials that you would like to donate to us.
We welcome guidance from community members regarding our acquisitions, collection-building, and programming. If you're interested in learning more, contact us.
Andrew Elder, Interim University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections
Carolyn Goldstein, Public History and Community Archives Program Manager
Pacey Foster, Faculty Advisor and Community Liaison
Peacing Together the Pieces: A Conversation About Preserving Local Hip-Hop Culture and Digitizing Event
Boston Public Library: Central Branch
Saturday, November 19, 2022
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Citing physical item:
Item title or description, date. Collection name, box number, folder number. Repository name.
Example: Citywide Coordinating Council daily monitoring report for Brighton High School by Nancy Mitchell, November 21, 1975. W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. chambers papers on the Boston Schools Desegregation Case, box 7, folder 91. University Archives and Special Collections Department, Joseph P. Healey Library, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Citing digital item:
Item title or description, date. Collection name. Repository name. Item URL. Date accessed.
Example: Lecco's Lemma Radio Show, 1986 January 18. Lecco's Lemma collection. University Archives and Special Collections Department, Joseph P. Healey Library, University of Massachusetts Boston. https://openarchives.umb.edu/digital/collection/p15774coll30/id/1387/rec/201. Accessed 8 November 2022.