Archives and Special Collections

Archives, Historical Records, Special Collections

Carmen Pola records now available for research

The Carmen A. Pola papers are open for research in the Archives and Special Collections Department, 92 Snell Library.  A guide to the collection is available online.  Carmen Pola is a community activist who settled in Mission Hill, Boston, in 1972. The materials date from 1970-2006 and document Pola’s work with the Puerto Rican Festival, the Boston Public Schools, the Project to Monitor the Code of Discipline, Mayor Raymond Flynn’s Administration, and Roxbury Unites for Families and Children. The collection includes photographs, correspondence, grant proposals and reports, surveys, charts, organizational records, legal materials, political campaign literature, catalogs, booklets, and meeting minutes. Read the full press release here. If you're interested in this topic, in addtion to perusing the records in Archives, you might be interested in checking out Latina Politics, Latino Politics: Gender, Culture, and Political Participation in Boston by Carol Hardy-Fanta. Below is a picture of Carmen Pola and Mayor Ray Flynn viewing a report in the Mayor's office, ca. 1986.

Carmen Pola and Mayor Ray Flynn view a report in the Mayor's office, ca. 1986

Chinese Progressive Association Historical Records Available for Research

The records of the Chinese Progressive Association are now available for research (in 92 Snell Library). The Chinese Progressive Association has been involved in important projects since 1977, getting involved in local Chinatown issues and fighting to protect community rights. 1986: CPA organized with dislocated garment workers from P&L Sportswear and from Beverly Rose, another sportswear manufacturer, to win the first Chinese bilingual retraining programs in New England.  1993: CPA worked with other Chinatown organizations and the American Friends Service Committee to organize a plebiscite on the Parcel C parking garage proposed for the center of residential Chinatown, eventually winning the designation of the parcel for community development. 2005: The organization launched its Immigrant Workers Center Collaborative to build immigrant worker organizing and solidarity in the Chinese, Brazilian, and Latino communities. 2006: CPA strengthened ties with communities of color, tenant organizations, and housing advocates to secure changes in Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy and its definition of housing affordability in an effort to stabilize Boston neighborhoods. Take advantage of Northeastern Libraries' material from the CPA, ranging from 1976 to 2006: http://www.library.neu.edu/archives/collect/findaids/m163find.htm And read the full press release here.

Archives reveal Co-op Centennial history

Co-op Centennial
The University Archives and Special Collections here at the NU Libraries are a treasure trove of information about the history of the Co-op program, now in its 100th year at Northeastern University. In celebration of  the Co-op Centennial, we've assembled a Guide to Co-op Centennial Resources, describing the Archives' photos, videos, manuscripts and books relating to NU's Co-op program through the years.  We hope you enjoy it!

Thanks, Ted!

I've enjoyed seeing the "Thanks, Ted!" signs on the expressway over the past few days, reminding us to reflect on the contributions Kennedy made to Massachusetts's infrastructure.  Of course, it's not all about roads!  Kennedy was instrumental in helping NU get funding for numerous projects, and you can learn about his contribution to the federal student aid program in an online exhibit created by our own Archives and Special Collections staff, in honor of Kennedy's visit to NU in March, 2008.  I was a beneficiary of that program myself...So, thanks, Ted, for helping me get a college education!