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Name of Creator:Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Title:Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción records
Date:1967-2004 (bulk 1974-1999)
Reference Code:M111
Location Code:60/1-60/4, FF6/D1
Extent:49.2 cubic ft. (47 boxes and 1 flat file drawer)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción collection documents the organization's efforts to empower the residents of the Villa Victoria community by providing them with affordable housing and creating opportunities to have greater control over it. The records date from 1967 to 2004 and cover research topics, such as urban renewal and housing rehabilitation, tenant associations, Puerto Rican social conditions, non-profit social service delivery, and community development. Other topics include ethnic identity through cultural education and awareness, Latino performing arts, services to the elderly, youth leadership skills, and substance abuse prevention. The types of material found in the collection include meeting minutes, photographs, budgets and financial statements, proposals, grants, contracts, property descriptions and appraisals, consultants' assessments, newspaper clippings, program descriptions, progress reports, statistics, and evaluations. Records are in both English and Spanish.
Historical Abstract:Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) is a community development corporation whose mission is to guarantee residents of the Villa Victoria community long term control over their housing by offering programs in community organizing and development, human services, and art and culture. Located in the South End of Boston, IBA began in 1967 as a grassroots movement against the Boston Redevelopment Authority's urban renewal plan. IBA incorporated in 1968 as the Emergency Tenant's Council of Parcel 19, Inc. (ETC) and successfully designed its own housing development plan. In 1969, the Boston Housing Authority named ETC sponsor-developer of Parcel 19. ETC officially changed its name to Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción in 1974.
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Arrangement:Organized into 7 series: 1. Governance; 2. Administration; 3. Executive Staff; 4. ETC Management; 5. Programs; 6. Grants and Contracts; 7. Audio-Visual Material and Memorabilia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Bradley, Phil C.
  • Morton, Helen
  • Cortiella, David
  • Garcia, Clara
  • Hernandez, Jorge
  • Mahoney, John
  • Merced, Nelson
  • Nieves, Ruben
  • Rodriguez, Reyes
  • Thal, Richard
  • Vasquez, Myrna

  • Emergency Tenant's Council
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción

  • Social Services -- Massachusetts – South End (Boston)
  • Housing -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • Urban Renewal -- Massachusetts --Boston -- History
  • Neighborhood -- Massachusetts --Boston -- History
  • Low income housing -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • Boston Housing Authority -- Public Housing -- Policies
  • Housing -- Massachusetts -- Elderly
  • Social Services -- Massachusetts -- Elderly
  • Housing subsidies -- Massachusetts
  • Tenant's Associations -- Massachusetts -- History
  • Public Housing -- Massachusetts --Boston -- History
  • Puerto Ricans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Social conditions
  • Hispanic American youth -- Ethnic identity
  • Hispanic American teenage girls
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • South End (Boston, Mass) -- Social conditions
  • Puerto Ricans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • Crime prevention -- Citizen participation -- Massachusetts --Boston -- History
  • Crime prevention -- Youth participation -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • Community development, Urban -- Massachusetts -- South End (Boston)
  • Community organization -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • Housing rehabilitation -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • Puerto Ricans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Ethnic identity
  • Puerto Ricans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Social life and customs
  • Hispanic Americans -- Services for -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Arts, Puerto Rican -- United States
  • Hispanic Americans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Economic conditions
  • Limited partnership -- United States
  • Youth and violence -- United States -- Prevention
  • Drop outs -- United States -- Prevention
  • South End (Boston, Mass.) -- Transitional housing
  • Education, Bilingual -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Nonprofit organizations -- Finance

Restrictions:Files containing client information are restricted for 75 years from the date of their creation. Please contact the University Archivist for more information. Restricted material includes social security numbers, legal matters regarding employment status, and client medical histories.
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Related Materials:

Escuelita Agüeybana (M116)

The Archives and Special Collections Department capture the website content of the Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, which is accessible at:*/

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Kimberly Reynolds, with assistance from Megan Cox, Rachel Seale, Holly Smith, Zachary Enright, and Susan Martin. Finding aid edited by Tamara Gaydos, March 2007. This collection processed under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission., July 2006