Archival Resources

The HES Archives Committee has created these lists of archival resources from suggestions made by the HES membership. The Committee encourages members to continue to build on these resources by suggesting additional collections or archive sites. Please contact Mary Ann Dzuback, Archives Committee chair, at: with your additions or suggestions.

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Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections

Freedom House Inc. records ( Founded in 1949, Freedom House’s mission was to centralize community activism in the fight for neighborhood improvement, good schools, and harmony among racial, ethnic, and religious groups in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  The Education and Desegregation files in the collection document the involvement of Freedom House with the issue of desegregation prior to 1965 when the Racial Imbalance Law was passed and focus on Freedom House's response to the 1974 ruling by Judge Garrity to enforce desegregation of the Boston Public Schools.  

Frank J. Miranda papers ( African American activist Frank J. Miranda (b. 1932) was director of the Cultural Enrichment and Tutorial Program of Operation Exodus, a community based, parent-initiated organization to deal with the educational problems of African American students in Boston; and a former member of Boston Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), an organization founded to abolish discrimination based on race, color, creed, or ethnic origin.

­­Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) records ( Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Incorporated (METCO, Inc.) is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1966 to eliminate racial imbalance by busing children from Boston and Springfield to suburban public schools in 38 suburban communities.

Phyllis M. Ryan papers ( Social justice and political activist Phyllis M. Ryan (1927-1998) supported school desegregation, prison reform, welfare reform, the establishment of disability rights, and civil rights organizations like Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

Roxbury Multi-Service Center records  ( Roxbury Multi-Service Center (RMSC), a social service agency, founded in 1963 to offer programs and services designed to empower the residents of Roxbury and North Dorchester to become economically and socially self-sufficient. Topics concerning public health issues; alcoholism and drug addiction; homelessness; sexual assault awareness; school desegregation (Box 3, Folders 1-4); racial and educational inequality in Boston Public Schools (Boxes 2-4, Folders 18-51, 1- 23, and 1- 8); and the experience of African American children in Boston Public Schools (Box 2-4, Folders18-51, 1- 23, and 1- 8) are also covered.

Citywide Educational Coalition records ( Established in 1972, the Citywide Educational Coalition played an important role in the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools and advocated for school reform by providing parents with the skills necessary to participate in shaping education policy. The records illuminate its formation by Mary Ellen Smith, Hubert Jones, Francis Parkman, and Clyde Miller to choose a superintendent of the Boston Public Schools; its role in the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools; and its efforts to disseminate the policies and practices of the Boston School Committee and the Boston Public Schools in language that parents could understand.

James W. Fraser (collector) photograph collection ( James W. Fraser was Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Director of the Center for Innovation in Urban Education at Northeastern University. He was a bus monitor and rode the buses the first day of the desegregation of Boston public schools in 1974.

Urban Schools Collaborative records ( Founded in 1976 as Northeastern’s Office of Phase II Desegregation, the Urban Schools Collaborative (URSCO) was established to provide equal educational opportunities to Boston Public School children from District 7 and the Madison Park School. The URSCO developed curricula for music, mathematics, and bilingual education; established programs for parents and teachers; and created a special education diagnostic center.

Irene A. Nichols papers ( Professor Irene Nichols was a professor at Northeastern University.  She was involved with the Urban Schools Collaborative.

Office of the President (Ryder) records ( Kenneth Gilmore Ryder (KGR), the fourth president of Northeastern University (NU) from 1975 to 1989. In Series III, Subseries B and in Series IV. KGR was an active member on several local community committees that were formed to address the desegregation issue. Such organizations, which included the Citywide Coordinating Council [CCC] (Boxes 24-26, 93, 95-96, Folders 177-200, 796-799, 811, 831) and the Steering Committee of College Presidents (Boxes 39-40, 93, Folders 272-278, 801), oversaw the implementation of desegregation in the public schools. Additional materials regarding Boston Public Schools desegregation can be found in Boston Schools Involvement (Boxes 45-50, 94-95, Folders 332-361, 805, 816-817).

Carmen A. Pola papers ( Latina activist Carmen A. Pola (b. 1939) worked with local groups and community organizations including La Raza Educators, Young Catholic Workers, Committee for Defense of Bilingual Education (Comité de Padres pro Defensa de la Educación Bilingüe), and Community District I Advisory Council. She was also one of the plaintiffs named in a lawsuit brought by the Parent's Committee for Defense of Bilingual Education (Comité de Padres pro Defensa de la Educación Bilingüe), Morgan v. Kerrigan, in response to desegregation policies that threatened the viability of bilingual education programs in the Boston Public School system.

East Boston Community News ( The East Boston Community News was a bi-weekly newspaper published from Nov 13, 1970-May 16, 1989 which included coverage on the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools and other education related topics. Issues are freely viewable and downloadable from Northeastern’s Digital Repository Service.

Boston Desegregation Project ( Over 3,000 documents and images chronicling the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools and its effect on the students, parents, and communities in Boston. The selected items were digitized from the following collections at the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Department: Citywide Educational Coalition (CWEC) records, and Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) records, Phyllis M. Ryan papers, Carmen A. Pola papers, Frieda Garcia papers, and Frank J. Miranda papers. Items are freely viewable and downloadable from Northeastern’s Digital Repository Service.

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Gutman Library Special Collections, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

All materials relate to the history of education in the United States; 
Includes several large collections; see for example:

  • Peter B. Dow - Man : A Course of Study records, 1959-1986, bulk 1964-1978 (includes press clippings, correspondence, and reports regarding the controversies that arose in connection with MACOS. Finally, the collection contains evaluations of the curriculum program as well as interviews with many of the people who were involved with the program's development)
  • Harold Howe Papers, 1930-2003, U.S. Commissioner of Education, Washington, (1965-1968) (bulk 1965-2002)
  • Professional journals, state school reports, city school reports, and other published materials from the early twentieth-century


Edward Copenhagen
Special Collections Librarian


General contact:
Telephone: 617-384-9363

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American Antiquarian Society

The Children's Books collection holds 1,850 pedagogical children's books (school texts, Sunday School books, and primers).  Those published before 1801 and after 1820 can be searched on the AAS online catalog.  Those published between 1801 and 1820 are in process of being cataloged, and more are available on a regular basis.  The AAS also has one of the largest collections of children's literature in the U.S. and a large collection of picture books.

Located at 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634


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