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.
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.
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:
- Architecture, Culture, and Religion: Community groups and organizations, including churches, which celebrate and promote the arts, culture, and religious activity of Greater Roxbury-based residents, artists, and writers.
- Art: Photographs, postcards, textiles, and other audio-visual material of or by individuals of African, African-American, Hispanic, and Asian heritage, even if they are from outside Greater Roxbury.
- Population and Social Activity: Community groups and neighborhood organizations formed according to group identity for support and advocacy, or that document the history and development of Greater Roxbury.
- Social Reform and Welfare: Individuals, organizations, and activities that address the economic, educational, and social discrimination of African Americans, Hispanic, and Latin Americans in the Greater Roxbury area and work to advocate for rights through social reform, such as the civil rights movement.
- The History of Roxbury: Any material, published or manuscript, related to Roxbury or African-American life in the Boston area.
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.