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Creator: The Justice George Lewis Ruffin Society.
Title:The Justice George Lewis Ruffin Society records
Dates: n.d., 1848-2009 (bulk 1984-2005)
Call Number:M124
Location: 58/2-3, FF4/D8, FF6/D10
Volume:7.50 cubic ft. (9 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of the George Lewis Ruffin Society document the Society's work to build a better relationship between minorities and the criminal justice system. The collection includes course materials from workshops and courses sponsored by the society; correspondence; Board of Director's meeting minutes; Convocation materials; materials pertaining to "The Long Road to Justice" exhibit such as funding and content proposals, correspondence, letters of support; and exhibit materials such as photographs and other visual aids.
Historical Abstract:The George Lewis Ruffin Society was founded in 1984 in response to dwindling numbers of minority police officers in the Boston Police Department. Its goals are to create greater understanding and communication between minority communities and the criminal justice system through annual convocations, events, courses, workshops and "The Long Road to Justice" traveling exhibit which documents the history of African Americans in Massachusetts.
Arrangement:Organized into four series: 1. Governance and Administration; 2. Events and Programs; 3. "The Long Road to Justice" Exhibit; and 4. Audio-Visual Materials
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Ruffin, George L. (George Lewis), 1834-1886
  • Houston, Julian T.
  • Rosenblatt, Norman
  • Croatti, Robert

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- College of Criminal Justice
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- College of Criminal Justice

  • Discrimination in Criminal Justice System -- Massachusetts
  • Police -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Crime -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Boston (Mass.) -- Race Relations
  • African Americans -- History -- Massachusetts

Restrictions:Records containing student information from the Justice George Lewis Ruffin Society Fellowship Program are restricted until 2082. Please contact the University Archivist for more information.
Related Materials:

The Ruffin Family papers at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

Processor: Finding aid prepared by Dominique Tremblay and Hanna Clutterbuck, June 2007; updated by Hanna Clutterbuck, October 2007; updated by Irina Tsiklik, April 2010.