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International Society Centers Records Open for Research

Wednesday, November 1, 2006
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Archives and Special Collections

International Society Centers Records Open for Research

Northeastern University Libraries is pleased to announce that the historical records of the International Society have been organized, and a guide to the collection is available online at

The International Society grew out of the Chinese Economic Development Council in 1979. Formerly known as the Center for Chinese Art and Culture (1979), the China Institute (1980), and the Chinese Culture Institute (1981), the Society's original goal was to support Chinese culture and heritage among Boston's Chinese community, and to promote the City's understanding of that culture. In 2000, the organization's name changed to the International Society, and its mission shifted to promoting understanding of cultural differences through multicultural arts programming.

The 2.5 cubic feet of material document the cultural events produced by the Society, as well as its daily activities. The Society organized festivals, lectures, workshops, and a summer camp, and sponsored artists and musicians, including Yo Yo Ma. The collection contains promotional literature about these events, such as press releases, posters, flyers and mailings, exhibit catalogs, postcards, and calendars of events. Also documented are the programs of the Society's art gallery, theatre, and music and dance ensemble. The collection also contains the administrative records of Dr. Doris Chu, president of the society. Records are in both English and Chinese.

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, The collection 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. View a list of the Department's special collections here.

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