G. Karen Merguerian
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Records Open for Research
Northeastern University Libraries is pleased to announce that the historical records of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) have been organized, and a guide to the collection is available online at http://www.lib.neu.edu/archives/collect/findaids/m111find.htm. 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
Located in Boston's South End neighborhood, IBA is a community development corporation which began in 1967 as a grassroots movement against the Boston Redevelopment Authority's urban renewal plan. IBA incorporated in 1968 as the Emergency Tenant's Council of Parcel 19, Inc. (ETC) and successfully designed its own housing development plan. In 1969, the Boston Housing Authority named ETC sponsor-developer of Parcel 19. ETC formally changed its name to IBA in 1974, and Parcel 19 was renamed Villa Victoria by residents in 1976. Villa Victoria-- a community development that combines housing, commercial space and social services, and is a model of community empowerment and neighborhood preservation--is made up of 435 housing units, including elderly housing and a special needs residence.
The 49 cubic feet of material documents Inquilinos IBA's efforts to empower residents of the Villa Victoria community by providing affordable housing and creating opportunities that allowed them to have greater control over it. The records date from 1967 to 2004 and cover research topics, such as urban renewal and housing rehabilitation, tenant associations, Puerto Rican social conditions, non-profit social service delivery, and community development. Other topics include ethnic identity through cultural education and awareness, Latino performing arts, services to the elderly, youth leadership skills, and substance abuse prevention. Records are in both English and Spanish.
The collection is open for research Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Department, 92 Snell Library, Boston, Massachusetts.