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About this collection

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston holds a substantial amount of information for bicycling research and enjoys a rapidly expanding reputation as a national resource on bicycling history.

Since 2015, a group of cycling historians led by Lorenz Finison and John Allen have been assisting in the establishment of the Bicycling History Collection Area in University Archives & Special Collections at UMass Boston. Since the first materials were accessioned by the department, the collection has grown rapidly to include a range of important documents, pictures, scrapbooks, journals, magazines, and other items documenting the history of this popular sport, transportation medium and leisure activity.

University Archives & Special Collections now holds more than 30 distinct collections (approximately 300 linear feet of archival materials) related to bicycling history in Boston and beyond. Collections include the papers of notable figures from bicycling history, including Ralph Galen and Phyllis Harmon, a number of significant publications including "Wheelmen Magazine" and the proceedings of the International Cycling History Conference, as well as organizational records related to the League of American Wheelmen, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and the Charles River Wheelmen.

The UMass Boston Bicycling Collections include hundreds of documents, photographs and publications that are now available to interested researchers who visit the Archives on campus. Some of the bicycling collections are still being processed. To view an updated list of collections open for research, click here


Do you have bicycling history-related collections that you are interested in donating to the Archives? If so, please review our contribution guidelines and contact us at library.archives@umb.edu.


About the digital exhibit "Highlights from Bicycling Collections"

The items displayed in this online exhibit highlight aspects of bicycling culture from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. The physical items are on display through June 2016 on the 5th floor exhibition cases in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston. This site displays a selection of images from that exhibit. To view all the images from this exhibit click here.

 
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