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Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Historical Records Available for Research

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
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Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Historical Records Available for Research

Northeastern University Libraries is pleased to announce that the historical records of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts are open for research. The collection, which was processed with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, 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 special collections available for research in the NU Archives and Special Collections Department.

The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts is a community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans and other people of color to enter into the economic and social main stream. The League began its work in 1917 when a group of citizens led by Eugene Kunkle Jones met to discuss ways to help the growing number of black migrants from the South and immigrants from the West Indies find housing and employment in Boston. Once established, it became an affiliate of the National Urban League. When the League first opened, it offered the same services as settlement houses; however, its focus quickly shifted to education and employment opportunities. In 1973, the organization was incorporated as the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and it continues to offer programs and services that are designed to promote economic and social self sufficiency among African Americans and other communities of color in Boston. The collection documents the efforts of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts to administer these programs. Records date from 1968-2007 and cover such topics as civil rights, school reform, race relations in the city of Boston, career development and counseling, job skills and readiness training, and academic enrichment. Programs that were designed to foster self-esteem in young unemployed fathers, employment opportunities for older adults, exploration of careers in the areas of technology and automotive repair, and the development of leadership skills among youth are also documented. Records include funding proposals, grants and contracts, correspondence, program descriptions, meeting minutes, strategic plans, newsletters, and photographs.

The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts 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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