Northeastern University to Preserve the Historical Records of Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA)
As part of an ongoing initiative to ensure that the history of Boston's Latino community is available for the future, Northeastern University Library's Archives and Special Collections Department has reached a formal agreement with Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA) to preserve the organization's historical materials.
IBA was founded in 1968 by the mainly Puerto Rican residents of Parcel 19 who were threatened by Boston's urban renewal program. The residents lobbied for the right to control the redevelopment process of their community, which resulted in the creation of Villa Victoria, a 895-unit low to moderate income neighborhood. Today, IBA fosters the well being of Villa Victoria residents, advocates for Latinos throughout the city, and perpetuates the rich Latino cultural and artistic heritage.
At Northeastern, the historical records of IBA will be preserved so that educators, students, historians, journalists, television and film producers, and members of the general public can use them to develop curricula, to write papers, articles, and books, to research television and film productions, and to satisfy their curiosity. The records illuminate topics such as the history of urban renewal, community development, affordable housing, and Latino traditions and culture in Boston.