New Acquisition: Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston Records
Northeastern University Libraries is pleased to announce the acquisition of the historical records of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. This material 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.
Founded in Charlestown in 1893 as the Boy's Club of Boston, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston currently serves 8,000 urban youths, largely from disadvantaged circumstances, in its five clubhouses in Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, Roxbury and South Boston. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston aids in the development of youth, ages 6 to 18, through programs in six core areas: the arts; education; leadership and character development; life skills; sports, fitness and recreation; and technology. The program activities and support services are designed to assist in the overall educational, emotional, physical and social development of participants, without regard to social, racial, ethnic, or religious background. Extensive community partnerships, such as those with the Boston Police Department and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, expand the opportunities available to Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston members, while trained youth development professionals act daily as mentors and role models. Volunteers provide key supplementary support to the organization.
The material acquired dates from 1910 to 2000 and documents the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston's efforts to provide a community in which youth can realize their full potential. The collection includes records of the executive directors, board and committee minutes, fund raising and development material, publications and reports, photographs, and scrapbooks. The collection also includes material pertaining to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston's parent organization, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America.