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Social Justice Collection

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Boston and Cambridge

National


Social Justice Collection | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

By Emily Sylvia and Brenda Craig

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Collection Overview

Title: Social Justice CollectionAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates: 1968-1983

Collection Identifier: MS 7403

Extent: 24.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Organized into 2  series. 1) Boston and Camridge, Massachusetts and 2) National. Topics arranged alphabetically.

Subjects: Agricultural Laborers -- Labor Unions., Boston (Mass.) -- Race Relations., Boston (Mass.)., Busing for School Integration -- Massachusetts -- Boston, Cambridge (Mass.)., Civil Rights., Community Organization -- Massachusetts -- Boston., Gay rights., Housing -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge,, Labor Unions., Landlord and Tenant -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge., Nuclear Disarmament., Prisoners -- Civil Rights., Protest Movements., Socialism., Social Justice., Social Movements., United Farm Workers -- History., Vietnam War, 1961-1975., Women's Rights.

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Abstract

This collection documents the social justice movements and grassroots activism efforts in Boston, Cambridge, and surrounding areas but also throughout the United States from 1968-1983. The topics reflect counterculture ideologies, shifts in social and political thought, and major cultural movements, such as anti-nuclear, anti-war, busing, civil rights, feminism, and housing and tenant rights. Materials include flyers, brochures, leaflets, pamphlets, posters, and newspapers.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains eight boxes of activism-related ephemera from 1968-1983, documenting changing American ideologies at the grassroots level in Boston and Cambridge. Particularly strong topics represented in the collection are Boston’s busing crisis, boycotts of major companies such as J.P. Stevens & Co., workers strikes, farmworkers’ rights, housing and tenant rights in Cambridge, anti-nuclear activism regarding Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant, advocacy for nuclear disarmament, feminism and issues of equal and reproductive rights, and anti-war action relating to the Vietnam War and the draft. The materials largely promote events, marches, protests, and meetings that raised awareness for or benefited different social and political advocacy efforts in Boston.

Among the organizations that are represented in Boston and Cambridge are the Eastern Service Workers Association, Greater Boston Peace Action Coalition, People’s Coalition for Peace and Justice, Progressive Labor Party, and Students for a Democratic Society. The Eastern Service Workers Association is an existing membership association for Boston’s service, temporary, domestic, and other low-income workers and their families. The Greater Boston Peace Action Coalition and People’s Coalition for Peace and Justice were active anti-war groups. Many of the political and student organizations worked collaboratively to host events or marches in Boston and Cambridge.

Subjects, such as women’s rights, anti-war, and anti-nuclear, include materials from other organizations that advocated specifically for these causes. Examples of these groups are 9to5 Organization for Women Office Workers, Indochina Peace Campaign, and Mobilization for Survival. These items are organized topically, as the nature of their materials and organizational missions dealt with specific topics.

Collection materials include posters, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, and newsprint.

Subject/Index Terms

Agricultural Laborers -- Labor Unions.
Boston (Mass.) -- Race Relations.
Boston (Mass.).
Busing for School Integration -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Cambridge (Mass.).
Civil Rights.
Community Organization -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
Gay rights.
Housing -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge,
Labor Unions.
Landlord and Tenant -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge.
Nuclear Disarmament.
Prisoners -- Civil Rights.
Protest Movements.
Socialism.
Social Justice.
Social Movements.
United Farm Workers -- History.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Women's Rights.

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Alternate Extent Statement: 8 boxes; 24 linear feet

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.”

Acquisition Source: Material collected by by Ellen M. Oldham, former Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff member, beginning in 1968.

Preferred Citation: Social Justice Collection. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.

Processing Information: Processed and finding aid prepared by Emily Sylvia, April 2016.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Boston and Cambridge],
[Series 2: National],
[All]

Series 1: Boston and CambridgeAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Adoption Rights, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Affirmative Action, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Alternative Press, 1974-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Animal Rights, 1972-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Benefits and Concerts, 1971-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Benefits and Concerts, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Benefits and Concerts, 1978-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Benefits and Concerts, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Bicentennial Protests, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Boston: Back Bay, 1974-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Boston: Dorchester, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Boston: General, 1968-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Boston: General, 1978-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Boston: General, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Boston: South End, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Boycotts and Strikes: Coal Miners, 1974-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Boycotts and Strikes: Farah Pants, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Boycotts and Strikes: General, 1972-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Boycotts and Strikes: General, 1977-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Boycotts and Strikes: J.P. Stevens & Co., 1977-1979Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Busing, 1974-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Cambridge: General, 1968-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Cambridge: General, 1978-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Cambridge: Identity Cards, 1970-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Draft, 1968-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Economy: General, 1968-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Economy: Reaganomics, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Energy: General, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Energy: Nuclear Power - Clamshell Alliance and Boston Clamshell Coalition, 1976-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Energy: Nuclear Power - General, 1977-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Energy: Nuclear Power - Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant, 1971-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Energy: Solar Power, 1978-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Environmentalism (Pollution and Recycling), 1968-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Farmworkers: A&P, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Farmworkers: Gallo Wine, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Farmworkers: General, 1970-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Gun Control, 1976-1983Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Health: General, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Health: Holistic and Eastern Medicine, 1975-March 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Health: Holistic and Eastern Medicine, April 1978-September 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Health: Mental Health, 1972-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Homelessness: Parker Street Shelter, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Housing: Boston, 1970-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Housing: Cambridge, 1970-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Housing: Cambridge, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Housing: Cambridge, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Housing: Cambridge, 1977-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Housing: General, 1970-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Human Rights, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Hunger, 1976-1983Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: International: Armenia, 1973-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2: International: Cambodia, 1978-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: International: Chile, 1973-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: International: China, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: International: Cuba, 1974-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 6: International: El Salvador, 1980-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: International: Eritrea, 1976-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 8: International: General, 1968-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 9: International: Greece, 1970-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 10: International: Iran, 1970-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 11: International: Ireland, 1970-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 12: International: Lebanon, 1976-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 13: International: Nicaragua, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: International: Northern Ireland, 1971-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 15: International: Palestine, 1970-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 16: International: Poland, 1980-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 17: International: South Africa, 1976-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Kent State, 1968-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 19: LGBT Rights, 1972-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 20: LGBT Rights, 1980-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Marijuana, 1968-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), 1970-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Men and Masculinity, 1980-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Native Americans, 1974-1980Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: New Age, 1968-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Nuclear Disarmament: General, 1975-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Nuclear Disarmament: General, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Nuclear Disarmament: General, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Nuclear Disarmament: Mobilization for Survival, 1979-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Nuclear Disarmament: Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Organizations: Political - Black Panthers, 1968-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Organizations: Political - Eastern Service Workers Association, 1979-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Organizations: Political - General, 1970-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Organizations: Political - Greater Boston Peace Action Coalition, 1971-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Organizations: Political - People's Coalition for Peace and Justice, 1971-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Organizations: Political - Progressive Labor Party, 1971-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Organizations: Political - Women's International League for Peace and Justice, 1976Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Organizations: Religious - General or Interfaith, 1970-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Organizations: Religious - Jews for Jesus, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Organizations: Religious - Quakers, 1970-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Organizations: Religious - Various Christian Organizations, 1972-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Organizations: Religious - Various Christian Organizations, 1975-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Organizations: Student - Attica Brigade/Revolutionary Student Brigade/ Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, 1973-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Organizations: Student - Campus Crusade for Christ, 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Organizations: Student - Spartacus Youth League, 1976-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Organizations: Student - Students for a Democratic Society, 1970-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Parenthood, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Polaroid, 1968-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Police Brutality, 1971-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Political Prisoners, 1968-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Presidents and Presidential Candidates, 1970-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Presidents and Presidential Candidates, 1973-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Prisoners' Rights, 1972-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Prisoners' Rights, 1979-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Puerto Rico, 1974-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Race Relations, 1971-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Race Relations, 1978-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Socialism and Communism, 1968-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Socialism and Communism, 1974-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Socialism and Communism, 1977-1983Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Unemployment, 1968-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Unions, 1968-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Unions, 1980-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Urban Development: Fenway, 1974-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Urban Development: General, 1974-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Veterans, 1968-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Vietnam: General, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Vietnam: General, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Vietnam: General, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Vietnam: General, 1974-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Vietnam: Indochina Peace Campaign, 1972-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Vietnam: People's Coalition for Peace and Justice, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Vietnam: Student Mobilization Committee, 1970-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Watergate, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Welfare, 1968-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Women: 9to5 Organization for Women Office Workers, 1974-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Women: Child Care, 1973-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Women: Equal Rights and Liberation, 1970-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Women: Equal Rights and Liberation, 1976-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Women: General, 1970-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Women: General, 1975-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Women: Reproductive Rights, 1970-1983Add to your cart.

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