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Unique photographs, documents, and books digitized, collected, or created by Northeastern University.


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Boston Boys and Girls Club Photographs

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    5100 digitized photographs from the Northeastern Library's Archives and Special Collections. The photographs date from about 1915-2000, with the bulk of the material dating from 1940-1995, mostly in black and white.

    They photographs individuals who have directed, organized, advised, and staffed the BGCB, including Executive Directors Arthur T. Burger (1935-1960) and William Lynch (1960-1967). They also provide information about awards given by the clubhouses for achievement in sports, games, and academics, and detail clubhouse sponsored contests in which members participated. They document the facilities of the BGCB, specifically Charlestown, Roxbury, and South Boston, as well as buildings within the Boston communities. Photographs concerning promotional campaigns, such as images from window exhibits, billboards, and MBTA stations are represented.  Also documented are BGCB fund raisers, many of which involved celebrities, including Roger Clemens, Senator Ted Kennedy, Jackie Robinson, and Ted Williams.

    The images provide a glimpse into the clubhouses and the activities in which the children were involved. The largest group of photographs falls under the category of program and events, including many types of educational programs including tutoring programs, classes, and workshops. Highlights include images from the Bunker Hillbillies and the Tom Pappas Chefs Club. Photographs of events held by the clubs, such as their 100th Anniversary in 1993 and the annual road race in Charlestown are also included here.

Boston Public Schools Desegregation Project

This project was partially funded by the Boston Library Consortium.
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    Over 3,000 documents and images selected from the Citywide Educational Coalition records, Frieda Garcia papers, Frank J. Miranda papers, Carmen A. Pola papers, Phyllis M. Ryan papers, and Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. records held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. The records consist of reports, correspondence, memorandum, newsletters, flyers, posters, legal proceedings, newspaper clippings, and photographs documenting the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools and its effect on the students, parents, and communities in Boston.

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    Education, Special Collections, Law, History, Government, African American Studies

Boston's Latino Community History

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    The documents, images, and posters in this digital collection were selected from the Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción records and the La Alianza Hispana records held in the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department.  These records available in this online collection document public policy formation, community relations, affordable housing, urban planning and housing rehabilitation, cultural and educational programming, violence prevention, and minority rights in Boston during the last decades of the 20th century.

Carmen Pola Papers

This project was funded by the EMC Heritage Trust grant.
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    Over 2,000 documents and images selected from the Carmen Pola papers held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections.  The records document Pola’s work with the Massachusetts Advocacy Center’s Project to Monitor the Code of Discipline, the Boston Public School’s Bilingual Education program, and her community activism efforts for the annual Puerto Rican Festival, Festival Puertorriqueño, in Boston.

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    English as a Second Language, Government, History, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Special Collections

Charles Bruce Photographs

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    Over 250 photographs taken or collected by amateur photographer, Charles H. Bruce, depicting life in the early 1900s of the African American middle class of Boston.  Photographs document the Charlestown Navy Yard, Bruce’s family and colleagues, and the Prince Hall Masons.

    Detailed subjects: 
    African American Studies, History, Special Collections

Chinese Progressive Association Records

This project was partially funded with federal assistance from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
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    Over 7,700 documents and images selected from the Chinese Progressive Association records held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. Founded in 1977 in Boston's Chinatown, the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) records document urban development, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, minority rights, community relations, racial violence, bilingual education, and retraining adult workers during the last decades of the 20th century and into the 21st century.

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    Government, History, Human Services, Special Collections, English as a Second Language

Department of Athletics Records

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    Over 5,000 documents and photographs from the Northeastern Department of Athletics’ Varsity Club Hall of Fame records held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections.  Established in 1974, the Varsity Club Hall of Fame holds an annual induction ceremony to honor exceptional Northeastern athletes, coaches, and benefactors.  The records consist of files on inductees which include biographical data, induction programs, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, press releases, and travel sheets.

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    History, Special Collections, Sports Leadership

Digital Repository Service

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    A secure repository system, designed to store and share scholarly, administrative, and archival materials from the Northeastern University community.

    Includes historic photographs, theses and dissertations written at Northeastern, faculty publications and presentations, and records documenting the history of Boston’s African American, Chinese, LGBTQ, Latino and other communities, as well as Boston’s public infrastructure, neighborhoods, and natural environments.

    Anyone is welcome to use the DRS to discover publicly available content. Members of the Northeastern community may sign in to access additional content that may not be publicly available.

    For more information visit the Digital Scholarship Group's DRS resource page.

East Boston Community News

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    469 issues of The East Boston Community News from 1970 to 1989 which include coverage on neighborhood issues and events such as the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools, politics, land use, and airport issues.

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    Journalism, Government, History, Special Collections

Faculty Wives Records

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    Over 160 documents and photographs selected from the Faculty Wives records held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. The Northeastern University Faculty Wives was a social organization formed in 1941 by and for the wives of the University's faculty.  The records consist of a cookbook, membership lists, program of activities, meeting minutes, financial reports, and annual reports.

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    History, Special Collections

Freedom House Photographs

NU Libraries Digital Collections
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    Over 2400 images and photographs selected from the Freedom House records held in the NU Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. The images date from 1950-1975 and document early activities to create an integrated Roxbury; citizen participation in the urban renewal of Roxbury; and early oversight of Boston Public Schools desegregation.

Internet Archive: Northeastern University Collections and more

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    Digitized versions of unique and rare books from libraries, museums, and historical institutions, including Northeastern University Libraries collections, such as historical Course Catalogs.  Includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as the Wayback Machine for archived web pages. Especially useful for persons with disabilities, as it provides adaptive reading services and other services for people with disabilities.  Northeastern collections developed in partnership with the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) and the Open Content Alliance.

James W. Fraser (Collector) Photograph Collection

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    Selected photographs digitized from the James W. Fraser (collector) photograph collection held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. The photographs document the people involved in and affected by Judge Garrity's 1974 decision to desegregate Boston public schools by means of forced busing. Most of the photographs depict anti–busing protests and marches and demonstrations by parents around Boston from the mid-1970s.

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    African American Studies, Education, History, Special Collections

Julius Prince Papers

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    Over 480 photographs and documents from the Julius A. Prince papers held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. Prince was a photographer for Freedom House, Inc., a community service organization in Roxbury, in the 1960s. The photographs document houses and participants from Freedom House's Roxbury Work Study Program, a project to revitalize the Washington Park area of Roxbury. In addition to the photographs, there are a few brochures on the program and staff lists.

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    African American Studies, History, Special Collections

Marjorie Bouvé Scrapbooks

This project was funded by the generous donations of Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences alumni.
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    Over 1900 documents, photographs, and album/scrapbook pages from two photograph albums and one scrapbook from the Marjorie Bouvé papers held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections.  A leader in physical education, Marjorie Bouvé (1879-1970) was one of the founders of Northeastern’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences.  The scrapbook items contains mementos from social events, travel, and schools at which Bouvé taught or attended. The photograph albums document the leisure activities of Bouvé and her friends.

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    Education, History, Special Collections, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Northeastern University Historical Photographs

NU Libraries Digitial Collections
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    A growing collection of images relating to the University from 1902 to the present. In the collection, you will find representations of academic programs, student life, faculty, the campus, athletics, and University events including commencement.

Northeastern University Histories

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    Five histories of Northeastern University from 1898 to 1996 to view or download from the Internet Archive:

    • Origin and development of Northeastern University, 1898-1960 / by Everett C. Marston
    • Northeastern University, an emerging giant, 1959-1975 / Antoinette Frederick
    • Northeastern University, coming of age: the Ryder years, 1975-1989 / Antoinette Frederick
    • Northeastern University, 1989-1996 : the Curry years, smaller but better / Feldscher, Karen
    • Tradition and innovation : reflections on Northeastern University's first century / Baker, Brook K
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    Education, History, Special Collections

Northeastern University Yearbooks

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    The Northeastern University yearbooks from 1917 to 2007 available to view or download from the Internet Archive.  The yearbook, the Cauldron, contains student recollections, years in review, and photographs of seniors, student activities, campus scenes, and sports.

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    History, Special Collections

Oberg Slide Collection

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    Over 600 slides documenting Northeastern University between 1945 and 1973 from the Oberg Slide collection held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. Most of the slides were taken by Doris Oberg, but a few were taken by her husband Rudolf Oberg, former Director of Alumni Affairs. The slides document campus events, alumni events, campus buildings, faculty, and student activities.

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    Architecture, Education, History, Special Collections

Our Marathon

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    Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced, digital archive of pictures, videos, stories, and social media related to the Boston Marathon bombing. 

    You may search, read, listen, and contribute to the site. 

    The mission of the site says: We believe that sharing stories from survivors, families, witnesses, visitors to the city, and everyone around the world touched by the event will speed the healing process. This is the place to share those images, emotions, and experiences to help us understand the bombing and its aftermath.

Ronald W. Bailey Oral History Collection

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    Three oral histories conducted in 1989 and 1990 with prominent members of Boston’s African American community: Milton Derr, a painter, illustrator and retired teacher;  Mel King, a community activist and retired professor; and Byron Rushing, a civil rights activist and Representative for the 9th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. They were interviewed about their lives and work in preparation for a book by Ronald W. Bailey, Diane Turner, and Robert Hayden, entitled Lower Roxbury: A Community of Treasures in the City of Boston.

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    African American Studies, History, Special Collections

The Onyx Informer

This project was funded by the generous donations of Northeastern University alumni.
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    138 issues of The Onyx Informer from 1972 to 2010, a Northeastern student run newspaper that documented the voices of African American students and their perspective on campus and community issues.

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    African American Studies, History, Journalism, Special Collections

United South End Settlements Records

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    Over 90 photographs and documents selected from the United South End Settlements records held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections.  The United South End Settlements is a non-profit social service agency located in the South End of Boston, Massachusetts, whose mission is to foster well-being, nurture personal growth and development, build a sense of community, and maintain an environment where all can thrive. The records consist of Children Art Centre annual reports, correspondence, brochures, fliers, reports, and photographs of programs, activities, and artwork produced by students.

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    History, Special Collections

University Photography Media Collection

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    35 videos selected from the Northeastern University Photography Media collection from 1982 to 1987 held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. The videos document events such as the First Governor's Conference on Violence against Women, 1984; Jesse Jackson’s Presidential Campaign, 1984; the Beanpot Hockey Tournament, 1983; and the Department of Athletics’ Varsity Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 1985. 

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    Political Science, Government, Sports Leadership, History, Special Collections

Women Writers Online

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    Early modern women's writings from 1400 to 1850. Includes searchable full-text of books, poetry, and speeches as well as browse by date, author, and title. Exhibits and teaching tools also available.

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    English & American Literature, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

YMCA of Greater Boston Project

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    Over 6,500 photographs, oral histories, and documents selected from the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of Greater Boston records held by the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections.  The photographs document YMCA activities, programs, events, camps, branches, and interior images of the YMCA’s Huntington Avenue building. The documents consist of meeting minutes, newsletters, annual reports, newspaper clippings, advertisements, and brochures.

     
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    Education, Athletic Training, History, Special Collections, Sports Leadership