Roxbury Multi-Service Center Records Open for Research
Northeastern University Libraries is pleased to announce the completed processing of the historical records of Roxbury Multi-Service Center (RMSC). The collection was processed with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and it contributes to the University Archives and Special Collection Department's collecting focus on records of private, non-profit, community-based organizations that are concerned with social justice issues. For a list of the Department's special collections, see: Boston History Collections
RMSC is a "one stop" social service agency that was modeled after19th century settlement houses where all client services were located under one roof. The programs documented in this collection include psychological assessment and counseling, youth development, housing and community development, sexual assault awareness and prevention, crime prevention, academic enrichment, urban beautification, gang prevention, career development, and employment counseling and training.
The 29 cubic feet of material dates from 1965 to 2002 and documents RMSC's efforts to make Roxbury an economically viable community and to provide social and mental health programs and services to neighborhood residents. The collection also documents RMSC's community and political activism and its role in creating the Task Force on Children out of School, monitoring school desegregation, and developing La Alianza Hispana. Included in the collection are the records of executive directors and Board of Directors; correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes; grant proposals and contracts; newsletters; program descriptions, reports and statistics; and photographs, audio cassettes and memorabilia. For access to Roxbury Multi-Service Center's finding aid, see: http://www.lib.neu.edu/archives/collect/findaids/m109find.htm.
The collection is open for research Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00, in the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections, 92 Snell Library, Boston, Massachusetts.