University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston digitized the Mosaic records and publications as part of a collaborative initiative made possible by the Boston Library Consortium. In addition to the Mosaic records and publications, University Archives & Special Collections digitized materials from the chambers papers of Judge Garrity. Learn more about and explore the W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. chambers papers here.
The objective of this collaborative initiative through the Boston Library Consortium was to identify, digitize, and describe archival materials that help tell the history of busing and desegregation in Boston and the Boston Public Schools.
About the Mosaic digital collection
Founded by Michael Tierney and Dan Terris, Mosaic was launched at South Boston High School in 1980 in response to the effects of court-ordered desegregation on the high school. Led by professional writers and photographers, students produced stories and photographs about themselves and their communities. A yearly anthology was published from 1980 to 1988. Exhibitions of the students’ photographs were displayed in locations around Boston. In 1989, a major traveling exhibition of stories and photographs by the students, and photographs by Judith Sedwick, was created and displayed at the Boston Public Library. Katie Singer served as the Writer in Residence of the project from 1984 to 1990.
University Archives & Special Collections at UMass Boston digitized the full 11-issue run of Mosaic.
Click here to browse and search the Mosaic publication.
Click here to view the full finding aid for the Mosaic records and publication.