NU Libraries Acquires Boston Persistent Poverty Project Records
Northeastern University Libraries is pleased to announce the acquisition of the historical records of The Boston Foundation's Boston Persistent Poverty Project. This material contributes to the University Archives and Special Collection Department's collecting focus on the records of private, non-profit, community-based organizations that are concerned with social justice issues. View a list of all collections available for research in the NU Archives and Special Collections Department.
Begun in the early 1980s, the Boston Persistent Poverty Project is a broad-based, collaborative campaign to eradicate chronic, intergenerational poverty in Boston. The Project's goal is to create a new social contract that recognizes and honors the reciprocal rights, responsibilities and interdependence of all members of our community, and to build and sustain commitment to a process of change.
The Project works to provide a framework for the new skills, leadership, and relationships required to eradicate persistent poverty in Boston. In the 1980s, the Project conducted the first comprehensive survey of poverty in Boston. During the next decade, the Project held community roundtables and focus groups that helped participants understand the ways in which poverty affects the many diverse communities of which Boston is comprised. In addition the Project's research and publishing initiative has provided outstanding documentation of poverty and related issues in Boston.
The material, dating from about 1972-2001, includes the publications and records of the Boston Persistent Poverty Project; records of the Boston Community Building Network, an outgrowth of the Boston Persistent Poverty Project; The Boston Foundation annual reports and newsletters; and speeches of Anna Faith Jones, who was president of The Boston Foundation, 1984-2001. The Boston Foundation, established in 1915 as Greater Boston's community foundation, holds 750 charitable funds established by donors for the benefit of the community. The Foundation fosters active philanthropy, connecting donors to nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of the residents of Greater Boston. It also serves as a civic leader, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives.