A Partnership to Preserve the History of Boston's Diversity

In the fall of 1998, the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Northeastern University Libraries began a two-year project funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to identify, locate, secure, and make accessible the most important and at-risk historical records of Boston's African American, Chinese, gay and lesbian, and Latino communities. Although the outside funding has been exhausted, the Archives is continuing this important project.

Working with community advisors, project staff analyzed the four communities in terms of the organizations that serve community members and selected documentation priorities from among them. The Project Coordinator compiled a database of information about all of these organizations, which includes the status and location of their non-current records. Four brochures, one for each of the communities, were produced and sent to all organizations represented in the database with the goal of raising their awareness of the importance of preserving their historical records. Project staff made further contact with more than 30 organizations about donating their records to Northeastern.

Read more about the project here.