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United South End Settlements Records Available for Research

Thursday, March 1, 2007
Archives and Special Collections Department
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Archives and Special Collections

United South End Settlements Records Available for Research

The historical records of United South End Settlements are now open for research. The collection was processed with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and it 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. For a list of the Department's special collections, see: Boston History Collections.

United South End Settlements (USES) is a non-profit social service agency located in the South End of Boston, Massachusetts. USES' programs and services have included residential and day camps for boys and girls, day care and after school programs, counseling and referrals for new immigrants, career counseling and employment training, assisting minorities with small business startup, crime-prevention, affordable housing and tenant rights education, and urban renewal planning, as well as a community center and art gallery. USES was formed in January, 1960 when members of the Federation of South End Settlements (Children's Art Center and South End, Lincoln, Hale, and Harriet Tubman houses) incorporated into the United South End Settlements.

Records dating from 1960-2006 document United South End Settlement's efforts to provide safe, accessible spaces where residents of the South End and Lower Roxbury gathered for recreational, cultural, and educational activities. United South End settlements' role in urban renewal, particularly in the Castle Square area, and in developing economic opportunities during the 1960s and 1970s is also documented. In addition, oral histories of several residents describing the history and culture of the South End from the 1920s-1990s and the role of the settlement houses are also included, as well as an extensive collection of images that document the South end neighborhood from 1900-1990s. The collection also includes records dating from 1891-1961 regarding the history of United South End Settlements prior to its incorporation, specifically the formation of the Federation of South End Settlements and the creation of the Children's Art Centre.

The United South End Settlements collection is open for research Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in the Northeastern University Libraries Archives and Special Collections Department, 92 Snell Library, Boston, Massachusetts. A guide to the collection is available online at

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