G. Karen Merguerian
March 20, 2012 – BOSTON, MA – The Northeastern University Libraries Archives and Special Collections Department will now house the records of the Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation, Inc. (HOPE) to its collection, representing a significant historical documentation of a prominent Massachusetts Latino service organization over the course of its 30-year history.
“This acquisition furthers the NU Libraries Archives’ mission of identifying, preserving, and making available the most important and at-risk historical records of Boston’s under-represented communities,” said Will Wakeling, Dean of University Libraries at Northeastern.
Encompassing nearly 200 linear feet, the new collection showcases the breadth of HOPE’s work in research and advocacy, technical assistance and training, leadership development, educational counseling, health promotion and disease prevention for Massachusetts’ Hispanic/Latino residents. The records include correspondence, memoranda, board minutes, photographs, grant contracts, publications, and newspaper clippings.
Since its inception in 1971 – a time when few educational programs and services for Latinos existed – HOPE has brought together activists, social workers, and academics to create meaningful programs and services for the Hispanic community. Among HOPE’s many contributions before it closed in 2011 were initiatives to help low-income students in Boston to stay in school, training youth to become peer educators about health promotion, a computer-learning center with technology training for community members, and a support center for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.