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Boston Black United Front Records

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The Boston Black United Front was founded as a power-oriented organization with the goal of developing Boston’s Black community into a united base of economic and political power, ultimately improving the living conditions of community residents. Operating between 1968 and 1972, it advocated for the safety and well-being not only of the Boston Black community, but also for that of allied communities in Cairo, Illinois, and New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Franklin Park Coalition Records

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The Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1971 in order to support and advocate for Franklin Park in Boston. FPC seeks to engage the park’s surrounding communities through programming, fundraising, and volunteer park maintenance. The organization has worked with state and local government, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), local schools and colleges, and various community groups.

Claudia Kaiser-Lenoir Collection

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Claudia Kaiser-Lenoir was an Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages at Tufts University. This collection contains Latin American art and artifacts.>

Melvin King Papers, 1983 Mayoral Campaign

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Mel King was an advocate for affordable housing and community-based urban development in Boston's Black community. He was a state representative for the Ninth Suffolk District of Massachusetts from 1973 to 1982. This collection comprises documents relating to King’s campaign for mayor of Boston in 1983, and to a lesser extent, his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986.

Vera Laska Collection

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Vera Laska was a Holocaust survivor, educator, author, and professor at Regis College in Weston, MA. This collection contains materials relating to the history of Massachusetts and Mexico.

Massachusetts Experimental School System Records

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The Massachusetts Experimental School System (M.E.S.S.) was a part of the larger African-American community movement to empower youth and to instill a sense of personal responsibility and community. Operating from 1971 to 1975, M.E.S.S. consisted of 3 “parallel” school systems – lower, middle, and high [upper school], which were authorized by the Commonwealth in 1967.

Roxbury History Collection

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This is an artificial collection consisting of materials from multiple donations relating to the history of Roxbury.