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Name of Creator:Sociedad Latina, Inc.
Title:Sociedad Latina, Inc. records
Date:1968-2007 (bulk 1985-1999)
Reference Code:M136
Location Code:58/2, 57/2
Extent:10 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the efforts of Sociedad Latina to strengthen, educate, and empower Latino youth living in the Mission Hill neighborhood. Records date from 1968-2007 and document such topics as AIDS awareness and prevention, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and domestic violence prevention, pregnancy prevention, peer leader training, and tobacco use and its effects. The types of material found in this collection include proposals, grants and contracts, correspondence, program descriptions, meeting minutes, and strategic and progress reports. The collection contains no annual reports.
Historical Abstract:Sociedad Latina de South Boston, a cultural, social, and recreational organization, was founded in 1968 by Jorge Rivera, David Rideout, John Carroll, and Lynn Minna to promote cultural, social, and recreational activities of the small Latino population in the South Boston neighborhood. In 1981, the organization changed its name to Sociedad Latina and moved to Tremont Street in the Mission Hill neighborhood. Since its inception, Sociedad Latina has worked with Latino youth to promote self-sufficiency, community leadership, and personal development.
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Arrangement:Organized into four series: 1. Governance; 2. Executive Directors; 3. Grants and Contracts; and 4. Programs.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • William Meinhofer
  • Julia Ojeda

  • Sociedad Latina de South Boston, Inc.
  • Sociedad Latina, Inc.

  • Hispanic American youth -- Ethnic identity
  • Hispanic American teenage girls
  • Youth and violence -- United States -- Prevention
  • Drop outs -- United States -- Prevention
  • Youth -- sexual behavior
  • Hispanic American youth -- Mental health services
  • Hispanic American youth -- Education -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Hispanic American youth -- Drop outs -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Teenage girls -- Sexual behavior
  • Teenage pregnancy -- Massachusetts -- Prevention
  • AIDS (Disease) -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • AIDS (Disease) -- Massachusetts -- Children and youth
  • Family violence -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Safe sex in AIDS prevention
  • Teenagers -- Tobacco use -- United States -- Prevention
  • Youth -- Tobacco use -- Prevention
  • Youth -- Employment -- United States
  • Hispanic American teenage girls
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Recreation -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Children and Youth
  • Occupational training -- United States
  • Hispanic Americans -- Services for -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Community development, Urban -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Peer leading counseling -- United States
  • Achievement motivation in youth

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Related Materials:

La Alianza Hispana (M55), Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (M116)

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Processor:Finding aid prepared by Kimberly Reynolds with the assistance of Gena Pliakas and Tamara Gaydos. This collection was processed with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission., June 22, 2007