Boston Coalition of Black Women Records, Available for Research
The historical records of the Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc., are now open for research. A guide to the collection is available online at: http://www.library.neu.edu/archives/collect/findaids/M146find.htm.
The Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc. was formed in 1991 as a chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women to provide African-American women in Boston with a social and political forum. The Boston Chapter was chartered as the largest founding chapter in the history of the National Coalition. The members of the Boston Chapter voted to leave the National Coalition in 1996 and form the Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc. The organization sought to provide leadership and access to resources to allow members to become involved in the community through education, social, economic, and civil action. Work sponsored by the organization has included mentoring opportunities, primarily the Sister-to-Sister program, and fundraising and cultural events, including two "Between Sisters" conferences, bringing together women from all over the United States for a three-day conference covering issues including healthcare, women's history, cultural trends, and parental responsibility. In 2000, in addition to its original programs and activities, the Coalition adopted a public policy agenda focused on education and legislation involving women and children. In collaboration with groups such as the Massachusetts Advocacy Center and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Coalition monitored the development of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Other activity in the community involved Coalition members mentoring girls in detention units, hosting author talks, and partnering with other community service organizations including Project Bread and Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries.
The records date from 1993-2007 and include minutes, memoranda, correspondence, conference packets, financial records, newsletters, and photographs.
The Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc., collection is open for research Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department, 92 Snell Library, Boston, Massachusetts. For a list of all of the Department's special collections, see: https://library.northeastern.edu/archives-special-collections/find-collections/finding-aids