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Digitized Materials

Digitized photographs from two of our special collections, the Boston Black United Front Records and the Vera Laska Collection, are available on Flickr. Photographs of protests, gatherings, and the daily work of the Boston Black United Front are included, while one hundred twenty-seven postcards of Mexico have been digitized from the Vera Laska Collection.


Mission

The RCC Special Collections strives to provide deeper understanding of the complexity, challenges, and community strengths of Greater Roxbury (Roxbury, Dorchester, and Boston’s South End). It collects, preserves, and makes accessible records of community organizations and individuals relevant to the cultural, political, economic, and social history of this area.

Collection Policy

The RCC Special Collections collects the original records of Greater Roxbury-based community organizations and individuals. The community can be defined as geographical or as a group responding to social justice issues. The Special Collections’ primary interests are:

Acquisition Policy

The RCC Library accepts donations of the above records in all formats, including manuscript, audio-visual, and digital. It also accepts donations of other records outside of its collection policy on a case by case basis. Final authority for acquisition decisions will be made by the Librarian Archivist in conjunction with the Library Director, based on the size, condition, provenance, format, and subject(s) of the collection.