These Finding Aids provide detailed information about our physical collections, that is, the actual letters, photographs, maps, organizational records, diaries, audiotapes, videotapes, etc., that are housed at the University of Massachusetts Boston's Archives and Special Collections. All of the materials described in the Finding …
The Mass. Memories Road Show (MMRS) at UMass Boston is an event-based public history project that digitizes family photos and memories shared by the people of Massachusetts. University Archives staff work with local planning teams to organize free public events where residents are invited to bring family photos to be scanned and included …
In 1986 Dr. Rita Arditti, an Argentinean college professor living in the United States, learned about the work of the Association of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina while reading Botín de Guerra by Julio E. Nosiglia (Buenos Aires: Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, 1985). Shortly thereafter she met Grandmothers Chicha Mariani …
Video oral histories with Japanese Americans who were students during World War II and their first-hand accounts of being incarcerated and leaving internment camps to attend college. These interviews also document the impact that these students’ wartime experiences had on their later commitments to certain causes and organizations such …
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Dr. Mercedes Agulló y Cobo, Spanish historian, has served as director of the Museos Municipales de Madrid and over the course of her illustrious career has produced important scholarly …
These eighteen drawings were created by Vietnamese children around 1966, as part of the American Friends Service Committee's resource materials. The drawings were submitted to a contest sponsored by artist Le van Khoa in connection with his "World of Children," a Saigon television program. Le van Khoa donated the pictures to the …
A residential school for boys has been located on Thompson's Island since 1835 when the Boston Asylum for Indigent Boys and the Boston Farm School Society merged and moved to the Island as the Boston Asylum and Farm School for Indigent Boys, popularly called the Boston Farm School. In 1907 its name was changed to the Farm and …
Reacting to social upheaval, urban unrest, and a rapidly increasing demand for higher education, the Massachusetts Legislature established the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1964.
The second university in the UMass system, UMass Boston opened its doors in 1965 at a renovated building in Park Square downtown. The university …
The University of Massachusetts Boston Archives and Special Collections has acquired the historical organizational records of the Catholic Association of Foresters, thanks to the efforts of members of The Irish Ancestral Research Association, which served as custodian of this historic collection from 2005 - 2011.
The Massachusetts …
The photographs document the construction of the first Boston Harbor tunnel, later called the Sumner Tunnel. The tunnel was constructed to handle automobile traffic from the North End of Boston to East Boston. The tunnel opened in 1935.
Also included are three parcel maps with corresponding lists of property taken for “Haymarket Square …
Photojournalist Francois Sully, born in 1928 in France, joined the French Army and was assigned to Vietnam in the 1940s. After choosing to be discharged in Saigon in 1947, FS became a correspondent for both Vietnamese and French publications. He lived in Saigon and worked for Newsweek from 1961 until his death in a helicopter crash in …
William A. Cowles, who was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1834, served two tours of duty with the 42nd Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers during the Civil War. For the first tour, he served as a private for nine months from 1862-1863 in New Orleans, as a French Horn player in the Regiment’s Band. The second tour, in 1864, he …
Welcome to the Open Archives Digital Collections of the University of Massachusetts Boston
's Joseph P. Healey Library.
University Archives & Special Collections at UMass Boston collects materials related to the University
's history, as well as materials that reflect the university's urban mission and strong support of community service, notably in collections of records of urban planning, social action, alternative movements, community organizations and local history related to neighboring communities including the Boston Harbor Islands.
We invite you to explore the Department
's many collections, activities and resources here in the Open Archives: Digital Collections, and through postings of events, project and activities on our blog, Open Archives Blog, and through the Massachusetts Studies social network (MA Studies Network).
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University Archives & Special Collections staff:
Digital Archives and Outreach Librarian
Digital Resources Archivist
Public History and Community Archives Program Manager
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