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Name of Creator:Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.
Title:Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts records
Date:1953-2007 (bulk 1985-2000)
Reference Code:M139
Location Code:58/3-4, FF6/D9
Extent:13.5 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the efforts of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts to administer programs created by the National Urban League to create social and economic self sufficiency among African Americans and other communities of color. The Urban league of Greater Boston and the Urban League Guild, which is the volunteer fundraising arm of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. Records date from 1968-2007 and cover such topics as career development and counseling, job skills and readiness training, and academic enrichment. Other topics include civil rights, school reform, and race relations in the city of Boston. Programs that were designed to foster self-esteem in young unemployed fathers; employment opportunities for older adults; career exploration careers in the areas of technology and automotive repair; and the development of leadership skills among youth are also documented. Records include funding proposals, grants and contracts, correspondence, program descriptions, meeting minutes, and strategic plans, newsletters, and photographs.
Historical Abstract:The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, (a community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans and other people of color to enter into the economic and social main stream), began its work in 1917 when a group of citizens led by Eugene Kunkle Jones met to discuss ways to help the growing number of black migrants from the South and immigrants from the West Indies find housing and employment in Boston. Once established, it became an affiliate of the National Urban League and incorporated in 1919 as the Boston Urban League. When the League first opened, it offered the same services as settlement houses; however, its focus quickly shifted to education and employment opportunities. In 1973, the organization was incorporated as the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and it continues to offer programs and services that are designed to promote economic and social self sufficiency among African Americans and other communities of color in Boston. As an affiliate of the National Urban League, it administers the programs and services that are designed, implemented, monitored, and evaluated by the Office of the Vice President of Programs of the National Urban League.
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Arrangement:Organized into five series: 1. Governance; 2. Administration; 3. Development and External Affairs; 4. Programs; and 5. Audio-Visual material and Memorabilia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Dr. Joan Wallace Benjamin
  • Ed Cooper

  • Boston Urban League
  • Urban League of Greater Boston
  • Citywide Educational Coalition
  • Community Coordinating Council

  • Adult education -- United States
  • Vocational education -- Programs -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Employment training -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Community development -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Roxbury
  • Community organization -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Social services -- Massachusetts -- Roxbury (Boston)
  • African American youth -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Youth development -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Boston (Mass.). -- Race relations
  • Non-profit organizations -- Management
  • Non-profit organizations -- Finance
  • African Americans -- Employment -- United States
  • Academic achievement -- Massachusetts
  • Juvenile delinquency -- United States -- Prevention
  • Crime prevention -- Youth participation -- United States
  • Youth -- Employment -- United States
  • Vocational guidance -- United States
  • Career development
  • Unemployed -- Counseling of
  • African Americans -- Education -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Non-profit organizations -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Social Services -- Massachusetts -- Elderly
  • Civil rights -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • School improvement programs -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Sex instruction -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Substance abuse prevention

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

Citywide Educational Coalition (M130). Roxbury Multi-Service Center (M109).

The Archives and Special Collections Department capture the website content of the Urban League Of Eastern Massachusetts, which is accessible at:*/

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Kimberly Reynolds with the assistance of Gena Pliakas and Tamara Gaydos., July 31, 2007