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Title:Carmen A. Pola papers
Date:1970–2006 (bulk 1975–2000)
Location Code:56/3–4
Reference Code:M159
Extent:16 cubic ft. (20 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Carmen A. Pola papers document Pola’s community activism in the Boston area from the early 1970s into the first decade of the 21st century. The bulk of the papers are related to her community organizing on issues involving the Boston Public Schools, including bilingual education, and services for minority children and families, including mental health services, through such organizations as the Bilingual Masters Parents Advisory Council, City Wide Parents Advisory Council, Roxbury Unites for Families and Children, and the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. The documentation of these organizations includes correspondence, memoranda, grant proposals and reports, organizational records, legal materials, political campaign literature, and publications. A smaller portion of the collections relates to Pola’s term of service in Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn’s administration and includes records of the 1983 election campaign, and Pola’s dealings with staff and constituents. The collection also documents the Puerto Rican Festival and contains a substantial number of photographs documenting public and private events, including Boston’s Puerto Rican Festival and family gatherings. The collection has been arranged in eight series: 1. Personal, 2. Activism, 3. Puerto Rican Festival, 4. Boston Public Schools, 5. Massachusetts Advocacy Center, Project to Monitor the Code of Discipline, 6. Raymond Flynn Administration, 7. Roxbury Unites for Families and Children, and 8. Audio / Visual Material.
Biographical Abstract: Community activist Carmen A. Pola was born Carmen Aurora Villanueva Garcia in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, in 1939. In 1955 she moved to the continental United States with her family, settling briefly in the Bronx, New York, before moving to Oakland, California, where the family worked in agriculture. In 1960 she married Juan Pola, and they have five children. While in California, Pola became involved in community activism, participating in a number of grassroots organizations concerned with education and youth activism, including La Raza Educators and young Catholic Workers. In 1972, the Pola family relocated to Boston, Massachusetts, settling in the neighborhood of Mission Hill. Pola quickly became involved in community activism, helping to organize tenants in Mission Hill and coordinating a class action lawsuit, Perez v. Boston Housing Authority, to force the City to comply with existing sanitary codes. She was also one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by the Parent's Committee for Defense of Bilingual Education (Comité de Padres pro Defensa del la Educación Bilingüe), Morgan v. Kerrigan, in response to desegregation policies that threatened the viability of bilingual education programs in the Boston Public Schools. In 1975 she was coordinator of the Festival Puertorriqueño (Puerto Rican Festival), held annually in Boston since 1967. From 1977 to 1980, Pola was the coordinator of the Community District I Advisory Council (CDAC), part of the Citywide Parents Advisory Council (CPAC), Inc., which operated from 1974–2004 under the court–mandated desegregation of Boston Public Schools (Morgan v. Hennigan). These councils operated at the city–wide (CPAC), district (CDAC), and school (Racial Ethnic Parent Councils (REPC)) levels. Pola was also involved in the Bilingual Masters Parents Advisory Council which oversaw the implementation of the Voluntary Lau Compliance Plan, a 1979 agreement that outlined the responsibilities of the Boston Public Schools in providing education to bilingual students.
Language and Scripts:Collection is primarily in English with some material in Spanish.
System of Arrangement:Organized into 8 series: 1. Personal, 2. Early Activism, 3. Puerto Rican Festival, 4. Boston Public Schools, 5. Massachusetts Advocacy Center: Project to Monitor the Code of Discipline, 6. Raymond Flynn Administration, 7. Roxbury Unites for Families and Children, and 8. Audio / Visual Material.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Flynn, Raymond L., 1939–
  • Pola, Carmen A., 1939–

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Massachusetts Advocacy Center
  • Roxbury Unites for Families and Children, Inc.

  • Education, Bilingual
  • Ethnic festivals –– Massachusetts –– Boston
  • Minorities –– Education
  • Hispanic American youth –– Mental health services
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Massachusetts (State) –– Politics and government
  • Women political activists –– Massachusetts –– Boston

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is mainly unrestricted; records identifying specific students are restricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:This collection was the gift of Carmen A. Pola in two installments: 20 November 2006 and 12 June 2008.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Appraisal, Destruction, and Scheduling Information:The material was boxed at Pola's home on Hillside Avenue. Some of the material was stored on the porch where it had been irretrievably contaminated by birds, so it could not be accessioned.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Anna Cook, Cynthia Rufo, and Dominique Medal, January 2010.

Scope and Content Note

The Carmen A. Pola papers document Pola's community activism in the Boston area from the early 1970s into the first decade of the 21st century. The bulk of the papers are related to her community organizing on issues involving the Boston Public Schools, including bilingual education, and services for minority children and families, including mental health services, through such organizations as the Bilingual Masters Parents Advisory Council, City Wide Parents Advisory Council, Roxbury Unites for Families and Children, and the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. The documentation of these organizations includes correspondence, memoranda, grant proposals and reports, organizational records, legal materials, political campaign literature, and publications. A smaller portion of the collections relates to Pola's term of service in Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn's administration and includes records of the 1983 election campaign, and Pola's dealings with staff and constituents. The collection also documents the Puerto Rican Festival and contains a substantial number of photographs documenting public and private events, including Boston's Puerto Rican Festival and family gatherings. The collection has been arranged in eight series: 1. Personal, 2. Activism, 3. Puerto Rican Festival, 4. Boston Public Schools, 5. Massachusetts Advocacy Center, Project to Monitor the Code of Discipline, 6. Raymond Flynn Administration, 7. Roxbury Unites for Families and Children, and 8. Audio / Visual Material.

Biographical Note

Carmen A. Pola was born Carmen Aurora Villanueva Garcia in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, in 1939. In 1955, she immigrated to the continental United States with her family, settling briefly in the Bronx, New York, before moving to Oakland, California, where the family worked in agriculture. In 1960 she married Juan Pola during the next twelve years, the couple had five children. While in California, Carmen Pola became involved in community activism, participating in a number of grassroots organizations, particularly in the areas of education and youth activism, such as La Raza Educators and Young Catholic Workers.

In 1972, the Pola family relocated to Boston, Massachusetts, settling in the neighborhood of Mission Hill. Carmen Pola quickly became involved in community activism. She helped organize tenants in Mission Hill and coordinated a class action lawsuit, Perez v. Boston Housing Authority, in an attempt to force the city to comply with existing sanitary codes. She was also one of the plaintiffs named in a lawsuit brought by the Parent's Committee for Defense of Bilingual Education (Comité de Padres pro Defensa de la Educación Bilingüe), Morgan v. Kerrigan, in response to desegregation policies that threatened the viability of bilingual education programs in the Boston Public School system. In 1975, she served as coordinator of the annual Puerto Rican Festival (Festival Puertorriqueño), held in Boston since 1967.

From 1977 to 1980, Pola was the coordinator of the Community District I Advisory Council, part of the Citywide Parents Advisory Council, Inc, which operated from 1974–2004 as part of the court–mandated desegregation of Boston Public Schools (Morgan v. Hennigan). These councils operated at a city–wide (CPAC), district (CDAC), and school level (REPC). In addition, Pola participated in the Bilingual Masters Parents Advisory Council, involved in overseeing the implementation of the Voluntary Lau Compliance Plan, a 1979 agreement that outlined the responsibilities of the Boston Public School system in providing education to bilingual students.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, Pola also completed her undergraduate education and worked toward her master's in urban planning at Tufts University.

From December 1980 to June 1983, Pola directed the Project to Monitor the Code of Discipline at the Massachusetts Advocacy Center (now known as Massachusetts Advocates for Children), a non–profit organization focusing on the needs of children in the Commonwealth. The Project to Monitor the Code of Discipline was a federally–funded program to oversee the city–wide implementation of the 1980 Code of Discipline, a set of uniform rules and regulations enacted by the Boston School Committee to counteract the high rate of suspensions involving minority students.

In 1980 Pola became the first Latina to run for statewide office, running unsuccessfully for state representative of Suffolk County's 17th District (Jamaica Plain–Mission Hill). Following her campaign, she worked as a liaison to the Hispanic community during Raymond Flynn's successful bid in the 1983 race to be Boston's mayor. Following Flynn's inauguration in January, 1984, Pola was one of Flynn's first appointees, chosen to serve as the director of the newly–formed Office of Constituent Services and later as senior advisor on human needs until resigning in October 1986.

After leaving City government Pola returned to community–based activism. In 1994 she helped found Roxbury Unites for Families and Children, Inc., a local organization initially funded by a four–year, $2.8 million grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a pilot project focused on providing mental health services to children and youth. The organization worked closely with the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. She also provided professional consultation for, and served on the boards of non–profit organizations, including the National Association for Families with Basic Needs, The Carter Center, United Nations, National Association for Bilingual Educators, Massachusetts Association of Bilingual Educators, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and Project Life. Pola founded La Raza en Marcha, Boston and Hispanic Family Mental Health Program (Boston), and she was chair of the Harvard Community Health Plan, Mission Hill Representative for the Harvard Board of Directors, member of Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation, vice chair of the Mayor's Committee on Hispanic Affairs, founder of Spanish Cultural Program on Mental health, member (appointed by Judge Arthur Garrity) Citywide Coordinating Council on Education, member of the Manpower training Act Advisory Council (appointed by Mayor Kevin White), chair of the Ethnic Linguistic Minorities Committee, and member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of the Washington Business Group.

Pola is the recipient of many awards, including a 1976 Governor's award for service to the minority community in Boston during the Dukakis Administration, and a 1984 National Conference of Puerto Rican Women citation in recognition of outstanding volunteerism in voter registration.

Chronology
Please note that there are major discrepancies for the dates of Pola’s activities, which are based in large part on the biographical information found in box 1, folder 6.
1939Carmen A. Villaneuva Garcia born on May 1 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
1954–55Attends University of Puerto Rico.
1955Pola's family moves to the Bronx, New York, then to Oakland, California.
1956–59Member of Young Catholic Workers, St. Mary's Church, Oakland, California.
1957–58 Attends Merritt College, Oakland, California.
1957–62Plans and develops first community health center in the U.S., West Oakland Health Center, Oakland, California.
1957–60Works as farm worker, Napa Valley, Napa, California.
1961Marries Juan Pola in Oakland, California; eventually has five children.
1965–66Vice president and national representative of La Raza Unida party, California Chapter.
1965–68Works as Community Organizer, Inner City Project, Oakland, California.
1967 Organizes La Raza Educators, the first Latino professional organization in Oakland, California.
1967–72Works as Community Relations Specialist, Division of Community Services, Laney Community College, Oakland, California.
1971First bilingual school in Boston, Rafael Hernandez School, founded.
1971Moves with family to Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
1971–72Serves as counselor at Cardinal Cushing Center, Boston.
1971–75Organizes Mission Hill Main Housing Project.
1972–73Serves as Director of the National Alliance of Businessmen for the Manpower Program, Cardinal Cushing Center in Boston.
1973–74Serves as Assistant Director of the Mission Hill / Fenway Area Planning Action Council of Action for Boston Community Development.
1974Establishes La Raza en Marcha, Boston, the first Latino grassroots organization in Massachusetts.
1974Morgan v. Kerrigan lawsuit filed against Boston Public Schools for failure to successfully integrate the school system.
1974–78?Organizes Perez v. Boston Housing Authority class action lawsuit to provide decent public housing.
1975Comité de Padres pro Defensa de la Educación Bilingüe (The Parent's Committee for the Defense of Bilingual Education), in which Pola is involved, is recognized as interveners in Morgan v. Kerrigan as they seek to protect bilingual education programs in the city. Is President of La Raza; elected president of Boston's Puerto Rican Festival.
1975–76Attends Tufts University Continuing Education Program.
1976Receives citation from Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis.
1977–80Serves as Coordinator, Community District I Advisory Council (Brighton, Fenway, and Mission Hill), Boston Public Schools.
1978–80 Serves as Chairperson, Bilingual Masters Parents Advisory Council, Boston Public Schools.
1980Is candidate for state representative in Boston's 17th Suffolk District; loses election.
1980–81Is member of the Hispanic Task Force, City of Boston.
1980–82Serves as Co–Chair, Citywide Parent Advisory Council, Boston.
1980–83Serves as Director of the Project to Monitor the Code of Discipline, Massachusetts Advocacy Center.
1982 Serves as Chair, the School Committee of the City of Boston.
1983Liaison to the Hispanic community for Raymond Flynn's campaign for Boston City Mayor.
1983–84Attends Masters Program in Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts University.
1984Is plaintiff in Latino Political Action Committee v. Boston.
1984–85Serves as first director of the Office of Constituent Services, Flynn Administration.
1985Named as senior advisor on human needs, Flynn Administration.
1986 OctResigns position as senior advisor on human needs.
1988 Nelson Merced becomes first Puerto Rican and first Latino elected to statewide office.
1991Is appointed to Action for Boston Community Development Parker Hill / Fenway Board of Directors; joins Project Life's Board of Directors (to reduce infant mortality rate in Boston's minority communities); founds Blacks and Latinas Together.
1993Becomes president of the Board of Directors of Project Life; becomes treasurer for the Casey Initiative Board of Directors; becomes member of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rican Festival and coordinator of the Park Committee.
1994Roxbury Unites for Families and Children receives $2.8 million grant for a pilot project providing mental health services to children in Roxbury and Mission Hill.
1994Is elected president of the Latino Caucus and African American Caucus of mental health initiatives in the United States; becomes member of the Diversity Committee of the National Federation for Children of Special Needs; becomes member of the National Family Leadership Advisory Group of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.
1994–99Serves as Board President, Roxbury Unites for Families and Children.
1995Becomes president of the Mission Hill Healthy Boston Coalition.
2004 Receives citation from Mitt Romney, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Bibliography

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. http://www.ffcmh.org/index.html

Hardy–Fanta, Carol. Latina Politics, Latino Politics: Gender, Culture, and Political Participation in Boston. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993. F73.9 S75 H37

Latino Political Action Committee, Inc. v. Boston. Civil Action No. 83–2472–C. U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 28 February 1984.

Matos Rodriguez, Felix V. "Saving the Parcela: A Short History of Boston's Puerto Rican Community." In The Puerto–Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives. Carmen Teresa Whelan and Victor Vazquez–Hernandez, eds. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005: 200–226. E184.P85 P76

Morgan v. Kerrigan. No. 74–1251. U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. 19 December 1974.

O'Connor, Thomas H. The Hub: Boston Past and Present. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001. E73.3 O26

Parent/Professional Advocacy League (Mass. Chapt. Of FFCMH). http://ppal.net/default/.

Schabert, Tilo. Boston Politics: The Creativity of Power. New York : W. de Gruyter, 1989. JS608.S33

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Series:

1. Personal, 1975–2006
Volume:.35 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

The series contains biographical and other personal information relating to Pola's education, consulting activities, and unsuccessful bid to be Massachusetts's first Latina representative. Please note that the biographical information in folder 5 has many inconsistencies. The series also includes some of her writing. Of special interest is the concept paper on establishing a national organization for African American and Latino grassroots organizations. See Series 8. Audio / Visual Material for an interview (audiocassettes) with Pola. Types of material include correspondence, diaries, academic papers, meeting minutes, award certificates, and poetry.
BoxTitleDate
1Admissions Essay1996
1Autobiographical Essay1987
1Awards and Citations (2 folders)n.d., 1976–2006
1 Biographical Information (2 folders, 1 restricted) n.d., 1979-2007
1 Correspondence (2 folders, 1 restricted) n.d., 1975–76, 1982–2006
1Consulting: Devereux Center in Georgia1997
1Diary (2 folders)1983–1984
1Emerald Necklace Conservancy (2 folders)1999
1 Graduate School and College Application Materials (2 folders, 1 restricted) 1975, 1983
1Graduate School Papers1983
1ICA Group Board2000
1 "National Roundtable for African American and Latino Grassroots Organizations," Lois Jones and Carmen Pola1997
1Poems n.d., 1990–2004
1Pola's Enterprisen.d.
1Presentations1999
1State Board of Education: Nomination Letters1983
1 State Representative Campaign (2 folders) 1980, 1987–1988, 1992–1993
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Series:

2. Activism, 1972–2002
Volume:1.65 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series chronicles Pola's activities with many organizations, some of which she founded, as an activist in Boston. Most of these organizations are Boston based, but some are regional or national. They advocate for bilingual education, affordable housing, and substance abuse programs. Two lawsuits, Morgan v. Kerrigan and Perez v. Boston Housing Authority are documented in this series as is La Raza en Marcha which Pola founded. Materials documenting her work in California are sparse. Records include correspondence, minutes, fliers, and reports.

BoxTitleDate
1Affordable Housing1983
1Back of the Hill Community Development Associationn.d.
1Black Latino Caucusn.d.
1Black Women for Policy Action1984
1Blacks and Latinas Together1990
1Blue Hill Regional Development Corporationn.d., 1983
1Senator Royal L. Bolling1983, 1986
1Boston Advisory Council2006
1Boston Against Drugs2000
1Boston Evening Academy2000
1Boston Herald Boycott1998–1999
1Boston School Reform Coalition1991
1Brigham and Women's Hospital: Committee on Ambulatory and Community Health Services1987
1Campaign to Stop the Euromissilesn.d.
1Casa del Sol: Latin–American Business Schooln.d., 1982–1983
1El Centro Del Cardenal / Cardinal Cushing Center1975–1976
1City of Boston: Fair Housing Commissionn.d., 1983
1Club Social Deportivo Villalba1981
1Coalition of Those Opposed to City Council District Map1982
1Coalition to Roll Back the MBTA Fare Increase1980
1El Comité de Padres1975, 1984
1Community Organizations and Leaders: Working Paper (Buddy Baker)1981
1Concerned Citizens for Antonio Torres1976–1983
1Correspondence (2 folders)1979, 1981–1986, 1993–1999
1District 7 Leadership Council1995–1996
1Dukakis: Campaign Strategy Latino Team1986
1Dukakis: Gubernatorial Campaign1975, 1981
1Ecumenical Social Action Committee1980–1981
1Fliers, Agendas, Minutesn.d., 1974–1984
1Fraternal Order of the Sons and Daughters of Puerto Rico1977
1The Fund for a Conservative Minority1982
1Fundación Latina and Caucus Latino de Poliza Social de Massachusetts1981–1982
1Haitian American Community Development Center: Proposaln.d.
1Hispanic Community Outreach on Police Shooting: Press Release1983
1Hispanic Office of Planning & Evaluation1975, 1984–1986
1Hogar Hispano1982–1984
1Hope House1984
1Housing Discrimination in Boston1980
1ICA Group (2 folders)1992–2000
1U. S. Interagency Working Group on Puerto Rico1996
1Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción1980–1983
1The Jamaica Plain Youth Advocacy Boardca. 1973
1Justice Resource Institute1981
1Latin Association for Progress and Action1986
1Latino Community Volunteer Corps1994
1Latino Democratic Committee of Massachusetts1986
1Latino Political Action Committee: Citation1984
1 "Latino Politics in Boston," Michael C. Taylor1996
1Legislative Reformn.d.
1Lower Roxbury Development1993, 1997
1Mario Velez Defense Committee1983
1Massachusetts Campaign Against Restoration of the Death Penalty1982–1983
1Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination1985
1Massachusetts Department of Mental Health1978–1979
1Mission Church: Youth in Action1980–1981
1Mission Hill Community Development Projectn.d.
1Mission Hill Extension1975
2Mission Hill Health Movement1975, 1982
2Mission Hill Healthy Boston Coalition: Community Needs Assessment1995
2Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.1997
2Mission Hill Task Force1975
2Mission Hill Youth Resource Center1975
2Mission Main Tenants' Task Force1980–1986
2Morgan versus Kerrigan (5 folders)1975
2National Association for Family–Based Services1996–2000
2National Network of Hispanic Educators1981
2New England Telephone: Consumer Advisory Panel1979–1980
2Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation1983
2Order Fraternal de los Hijos de Puerto Rico (Oakland, CA)n.d.
2Parker Hill / Fenway Neighborhood Service Center1986
2La Peninsula de Canteran.d., 1995
2Perez versus Boston Housing Authority (2 folders)1975–1976
2Political Campaignsn.d., 1980
2The Portrayal of Hispanics in the U. S. Media: The Boston Herald Experience1999
2Project Commitment1982
2Project to Combat Racial Violence1986
2Proposed Palazzo Vecchio1974
2Puerto Rican Community Riots: Newspaper Clippings1972
2Puerto Rican Political Action Committee1983
2Reach Out Communications, Inc.1984–1985
2Redistricting2003
2La Raza en Marcha (8 folders)n.d., 1974–1976
2Report of the Attorney General's Civil Rights Division on Boston Police Department Practices1990
2 "Some Factors Affecting the Puerto Rican Community in Boston"1974
2 "A Special Report on the Impact of the School Committee's $3.3 Million Budget Reduction"1987
2The Statewide Alliance for Fair Local Aid1982
2Teen Pregnancy Prevention1999
2 "Treatment and Prevention Services for the Latina / o Community," Nancy L. Green1983
3United Community Planning Corporation1982–1984
3United States Postal Service: The Hispanic Programca. 1982
3Washington Street Corridor Coalitionca. 2002
3Western Region Puerto Rico Council1977
3WUNR: Radio Station1980–1981
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Series:

3. Puerto Rican Festival (Festival Puertorriqueño), 1974–1997
Volume:.75 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents the administration of Boston's annual Puerto Rican Festival. Festival photographs are found in Series 8. Audio / Visual Materials. A folder of material on the Puerto Rican Festival from 1984 may also be found in Series 6. Raymond Flynn Administration. Records include agendas, minutes, correspondence, reports, fliers, programs, contracts and citations.
BoxTitleDate
3Generaln.d., 1993–1996
3Annual Report1983
Board of Directors
3Generaln.d., 1992–1996
3 Agendas and Minutes (7 folders, 1 restricted)1984–1997
3Correspondence and Memoranda (3 folders)1974–1975, 1992–1997
3Subcommitteesn.d., 1993
3By–laws1992–1993
3Citations1975, 1996
3Festival Schedules1975–1996
3Financial (2 folders)1992–1997
3Fliers and Programs1984–1996
3Licenses and Artist Contracts1993–1994
3Miss Massachusetts Puerto Rican Festival1996
3Pressn.d., 1975, 1993–1995
3Proclamations1975
3 "The Puerto Rican Festival and Community: Problems, Reasons and Proposed Solutions," Carmen Ana Chico1991
3Vendors and Sponsors1992–1997
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Series:

4. Boston Public Schools, 1970–2002 (bulk 1975–1997)
Volume:3 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents Pola's extensive work with the Boston Public Schools on issues relating to increasing bilingual education opportunities, and monitoring desegregation. It contains substantial information on the Citywide Parents' Advisory Council and the Community District Advisory Councils ordered by Judge Arthur Garrity as part of the process to desegregate Boston Public Schools. See Series 5. Massachusetts Advocacy Center, Project to Monitor the Code of Discipline for information on a project that worked to ensure that disciplinary action was meted out fairly regardless of race. Materials in this series include correspondence, reports, and handbooks.
BoxTitleDate
3–4 General (8 folders)n.d., 1975, 1978–1984, 1989, 2002
Bilingual Education
4General1980–1983
4"Alternative Proposal for Transitional Bilingual Education"1977–1978
4Bilingual Aides1977
Bilingual Master Parents Advisory Council
4General (14 folders)n.d., 1978–1986, 2002
4Newspaper Clippings and Articles1983–1985, 1988
4Classroom Testingn.d., 1976–1979
4Coalition for Bilingual Education1986
4Correspondence (2 folders)1981
4Correspondence with Governor Dukakis1983
4Friends Service Committee1973–1976
4Grupo Hispano Estatal–Massachusetts -- Educación Bilingüe: Participación de Padres1980
4 "Implementation Team Report for the Reorganization of the Bilingual Department Boston Public Schools"1979
4Interim Evaluation Report1977–1978
4Notesn.d.
4Petitionn.d.
4Program Review1978
4 "A Proposal for an Exchange Program Between the University of Massachusetts and the University of Puerto Rico for the Training of Teachers in Bilingual Education"1978
4Publicationsn.d., 1976–1977
4Quincy Junior College1982
4Report on Number of Students in Bilingual Program for Three Years or More1985
4 "The Spanish Language Background Population in Massachusetts: A Survey of Population Changes"1970–1980
4Statement of Carmen Pola 1985
3Task Force on Children Out of School: Financial Status1981
4Transitional Bilingual Education Program (2 folders)1979, 1981
5Voluntary Lau Compliance Plan (5 folders)1979
5Boston Evening Academy1998–1999
5Boston Group1982–1983
5Chapter 636: Funding Proposalsca. 1979
5Citywide Desegregation Compliance Monitoring1981–1982
5Citywide Parents Council (3 folders)n.d., 1977–1983
Citywide Parents' Advisory Council
5General (7 folders)1978–1982
5Budget1980–1981
5Correspondence1981–1982
5 "Handbook for Transitional Bilingual Education Parent Advisory Councils in Massachusetts"1982
5Morgan versus McDonough1979
5Morgan versus McKeigue1981–1982
5Recommendations on Organization Structure, Staffing and Budget1982
5Self–Evaluation Task Force (4 folders)n.d., 1981–1982
5Student Assignment Plan1989
5Torres, et al versus McDonough1980
5Comité de Padres1975
6Community Development Assistance Corporation: Coordinator Listn.d.
6Community District Advisory Council (4 folders)1978–1983
6Community District Advisory Council: Executive Session1978
6Correspondence1981
6Department of Citywide Bilingual Programs: Non–Compliance Issuesn.d.
6Department of Transitional Bilingual Education: Annual Review Formsn.d.
6Deputy Superintendent's Memorandum1980–1982
6Desegregationn.d., 1982
6Educational Planning Group (2 folders)n.d., 1982–1983
6Emergency School Aid Act: Bilingual Grant (3 folders)1976–1977
6Freedom House1981–1984
6A Guide for Parents and Community2000
6Human Relations / Team Building Program1981
6 "Implementation Team Report for the Reorganization of the Bilingual Department, Boston Public Schools"1979
6Lau Plan Compliance1982, 2002
6Massachusetts Advisory Council on Bilingual Education1979–1980
6Massachusetts Association of Bilingual Educators1980–1981
6Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination1983
6Multi–Racial Parents' Council1981
6National Advisory and Coordinating Council on Bilingual Education1981, 1985
6National Association of Bilingual Educators1981–1982
6National Forum on School / Community / Home Relationships1979–1980
6National Puerto Rico Coalition1984
6Notes1981–1983
6Parent Council Training1981
6Parents United in Education and the Development of Others1983
6Phase I Desegregation History1978
6Programa Bilingual1995
6Puerto Rican Community1979, 1981
6Puerto Rican Studies Resource Manual (7 folders)1978
6Racial Ethnic Parent Council1978–1982
6Racial Ethnic Parent Council: Membershipn.d.
6 "Report of the Number of White, Black and Other Minority Permanent and Acting Administrators"1982
6School Committee Educational Planning Group (2 folders)1982–1983
6School Committee Electionsn.d.
6Superintendent's Work Group on School Based Management: Report1982
6Transition Committee1982
6 "Transition Report to the Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools"1981
6 "The Unified Facilities Plan"1979
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Series:

5. Massachusetts Advocacy Center: Project to Monitor the Code of Discipline, 1980–1983
Volume:1 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents efforts to revise and oversee implementation of the Code of Discipline in the Boston Public Schools, which were directed by Pola. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, and handbooks and other publications. Material on specific students is restricted.
BoxTitleDate
6–7General (5 folders; 1 restricted)1981–1983
7Advocacy Initiatives in Public Education: Proposal1982
7Analysis of School Based Rules1981
7Analyzing Students by Race by Grade1981
7Backgroundn.d., 1980–1982
7Bilingual Education: Roxbury Community College1981–1982
7Booklets1980, 1982
7Boston High School Student Coordinators1982
7Boston Neighborhood Network: Demographic Changes in Black and Hispanic Boston1981
7Boston Public Schools Suspension Statistics1981–1982
7Budgetn.d., 1981–1982
7Case Advocates: Correspondence, Schedules and Reports (2 folders; 1 restricted)1980–1981
7Charlestown High Schooln.d., 1981–1983
7Charlestown High School Incident (3 folders; 1 restricted)1981–1982
7Charlestown High School: Outreach and Listsn.d., 1981
7Charlestown High School Suspensions (Restricted)1981–1982
7Civil Rights Task Force1983
7Code of Discipline Committee1981
7Correspondence Incomingn.d., 1981–1983
7Correspondence Outgoing (2 folders, 1 restricted)1981–1982
7Educational Planning Group: Report1982–1983
7 United States Department of Education Grant 1980-1981
7Implementation Report1981
7Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción1982
7Interoffice Memoranda (4 folders; 1 restricted)1981–1983
7Monitoring Coordinatorn.d., 1981
7Monitoring Coordinator (Hayes): Schedule, Reports, Correspondence1981
7Monitoring Report1981–1982
7Monthly Reports and Schedules (Wissa)n.d., 1981
7Parent Coordinator: Schedules, Reports, Correspondence (2 folders; 1 restricted)1981–1982
7Press Conference1981
7Project Design: Draftn.d.
7Proposed Code of Discipline: Paul Weckstein Statement1980
7 Publication: "Boston After School In–Service Training"1981
7Publication: Chapter 766n.d.
7Publication: Edwards Middle School Handbookca. 1981
7 Publication: “Manual de Procedimiento para Regular Resoluciónes de Disputas y Métodos para Modificar las Ordenes de Desegregación de la Corte Federal en el Caso de las Escuelas Públicas de Boston” 1983
7Revision to the Code1982
7Safe Schools Commission1983
7School Based Rules (2 folders)1982
7Robert R. Spillane: Speeches1981–1982
7Synopsis in Spanishn.d.
7Statistics from Districts Outside Bostonn.d., 1982
7Student Discipline and Issues (Restricted)1982
7Superintendent's Circular1975, 1980
7Telephone Calls1982
7Training Materialsn.d.
7Transition Report to the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools1981
7United Community Planning Corporation1983
7Whitney Grant1982–1983
7Year 1 Evaluation1981
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6. Mayor Raymond Flynn Administration, 1982–1986
Volume:1.35 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents Pola's work on Flynn's campaign and as the first director of Constituent Services and later as senior advisor on human needs to Boston Mayor Flynn. Of special interest is the material on the Puerto Rican Festival, voter registration and redistricting. A tape recording (Umatic) of an interview in 1984 with Jose Rodriguez, City of Boston Hispanic Liaison, is available in Series 8. Audio / Visual Material. Pola is mentioned in the interview. The series includes correspondence, invitations, posters, political buttons, and newspaper clippings.
BoxTitleDate
8Assistant Director Constituent Services1984
8Affirmative Action1983–1985
8Basic Constituent Concerns1984
8The Boston Committee1984–1985
8Boston Police Department1983–1984
8Briefingsn.d., 1984
8Casa del Sol1982–1985
8Casa Esperanza1984–1985
8Alcohol Recovery Funding Request1984
8Chico Munoz Marathon1984–1985
8Poster1984
8City Duty Officer1985
8Community Meetings with the Mayor1984
8Community Schoolsn.d.
8Community Services Administration1983
8Community Workers Collectiven.d.
8Constituent Issues (Restricted)1984–1986
8Coordinating Committee1984–1985
8Correspondence (2 folders)1983–1986
8Correspondence: Joseph A. Rodriguez (Flynn's Hispanic Liaison)1984
8Correspondence, Memoranda and Notes (2 folders)1984–1986
8Curtis Hall Senior Centerca. 1980
8Dorchester Task Force1984
8Franklin Hill Tenants: Inauguration Day Presentation1984
8 "Goals and Objectives Program"1984
8Hispanic Resource Institute1985
8Institute for Puerto Rican Policy, Inc.1986
8Invitations (7 folders)1984–1985
8Lists of Names and Addressesn.d.
8Loiza Festival1984–1985
8Mayor's Hispanic Staff Weekly Meetings1984
8Mayoral Campaign (2 folders)n.d., 1983
8Memoranda1984–1985
8Minority Voter Registration1984
9National Puerto Rican / Hispanic Voter Registration Participation Project (Buttons Included)n.d., 1984
9Neighborhood Council1983
9Newspaper Clippings (2 folders)n.d., 1983–1986
9No Heat Complaint Tallies1984
9Parents Choice Foundation1986
9Parents United in Education and Development of Others1984, 1986
9Press Releases1984–1985
9Puerto Rican Festival1984
9Redistricting1991
9Latino Political Action Committee versus City of Boston1983
9Newspaper Clippings1983
9Registration1986
9Small Business Project: Notesn.d.
9Spanish Class for City Employeesn.d., 1984
9Speaking Engagements1984–1986
9Staff Meetings1984
9Statue of Liberty Centennial1986
9Transition Task Force1983
9Translations into Spanish: Boston City Clerk's Forms and Applications1984–1985
9The Trustees of Charitable Donations for Inhabitants of Boston1982–1984
9 "We Are: A Profile of Hyde Square, Egleston Square and Jackson Square, Boston"n.d., 1985
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Series:

7. Roxbury Unites for Families and Children, 1992–2002
Volume:6.35 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents the work of Roxbury Unites for Families and Children, the Mental Health Initiative for Children and Families of the Annie E. Casey Foundation through the Commonwealth's Department of Mental Health. It also provides a snapshot of children's mental health services in Boston and to a lesser extent in the rest of the United States. Of special note is material relating to the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. Records include correspondence, minutes, reports, bylaws, articles, and handbooks. Several files in which individuals who received services are mentioned by name are restricted.
BoxTitleDate
10Unidentifiedn.d.
10General1994–1997
10Action for Boston Community Development: Parker Hill / Fenway1999–2000
10Action for Boston Community Development: Project Foster Grandparent1998
10Action Plan1998–2000
10Action Plan for Boston Public Schools1995
10African American and Latino National Roundtable1997
10La Alianza Hispana: Demographic Report1992
Annie E. Casey Foundation
10Background Material for Casey Board1996
10Boston Public Schools Relationshipn.d.
10Budget1994–2000
10Casey United (2 folders)1993–1994
10Expendable Trust1994
10Five–Year Plan Consultative Session1997
10History of Massachusetts Initiative1992–1995
10Latino Consultative Group1998
10The Next Five Yearsca. 1997
10Mental Health Initiative for Urban Children: Implementation Guide1994
10Planning Grant1994
10Site Visit1993
10Annual and Interim Reports1995–1997, 1999
10Articles on Mental Health Initiative1994, 1997
10Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws1994–1997
10Assessment Reports1992–1997
10Background1994
10Benchmarks of Progress (2 folders)n.d., 1995–1997
10Board of Directors (3 folders)1994–1999
10Boston City Council: Public Safety Summit1996
10Boston Collaborative Assessment Project1997
10Boston Healthy Start Initiative1996
10Boston Initiative for Teen Pregnancy Prevention1996
10Boston Public Schools 1995
10Brochuresm.d.
10Budget (2 folders)1994–1999
10Building Communities for Families and Childrenn.d., 1999
10CAP: Minutes1996
10Calendars1992, 1996–1998
10Caring for Every Youth's Mental Health: National Work Session1995
10Cases (Restricted)1997
10Center for Mental Health Services1996
10Charles River Health Management, Inc.1996
10Child and Adolescent Service System Program1994
10Children's Mental Health Week1997
10Children's Mental Health: Workshop1996
Children's Services of Roxbury
10–11General (2 folders)n.d., 1999
11Budgetn.d., 1994–1999
11Building Communities for Families and Childrenca. 1999
11Director's Reports and Budgets1996–1999
11Employee Handbookn.d.
11Integrated Care Systems, Inc.n.d.
11United Homes for Children1995
11Choate Health Management: Consultation1997
11Collaborative Action Center1996
11Collaborative Assessment Programn.d.
Committees
11Ad–Hoc Intervention1994
11Board Development1997–1998
11By Laws1995–1996
11Contract Task Force1998–1999
11Executive (2 folders)1995–1999
11Finance1994–1999
11Juvenile Justice1994, 1997
11Legislative Committee1997
11Membership Listsn.d., 1995–1997
11MIS (Management Information Systems)1995–1998
11Program1997
11Nominating1996
11Outreach Task Force1997
11Parents Committee (2 folders)n.d., 1996–1999
11Personnel1994–1997
11Personnel: Job Descriptionsn.d., 1993–1997
11Program1994–1999
11Proposal Review1995
11Restructuring1994
11Service Delivery Task Force (2 folders; 1 restricted)n.d., 1997
11Special Committee for the Development of a Memorandum of Agreement1996
11Strategic Planning1997–1999
11Strategic Management Team1995–1997
11Substance Abuse Task Force1999
11Youthn.d.
11Communities for People1996
11Community Alliance of Mission Hill1997–1998
11Community Requests: Policy1996
11–12Conferences (3 folders)1995–1999
12Conferences: Lessons Learned1995, 1999
12Connecting the Dots for Boston Tots1998
12Consultation Report1998
12Consultative Meeting1998–1999
12Consumer Satisfactionn.d.
12Correspondence and Memoranda (10 folders)n.d., 1993–2000
12Data Collection1994, 1997
12Decline of Children's Mental Health Services in the Roxbury–North Dorchester Areaca. 1994
12Dimock Community Health Center Training Grant1997
12Director's Monthly Reports1996–1999
12Director's Annual Report1996–1997
12Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative1998–1999
12Employee Handbooks1994
12Evaluationn.d., 1995–1997
12Evaluation: Demographic Characteristics of the Neighborhoods of the Mental Health Initiative for Urban Children1994
12Evaluation: Neighborhood Governance Report for Boston1996–1997
12Events1994–1998
12Events: Family Fun Day1996–1997
12Events: "We Are One" Celebration1994
12Family Advisory Council1997
12Family Resource Center (3 folders)n.d., 1994–1998
12Family Resource Team1995
12Family Reunification Networkn.d.
Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
12–13General (6 folders)1993–1997
13Background1992
13Board of Directors1996–1998
13Conferences1997
13Diversity Committee1996–1997
13Family Leadership Initiative1996
13National Resource Network1995
13Parent Professional Advocacy League1996–1997
13Training and Technical Assistance: Reportn.d.
13Fact Sheetca. 1998
13Fenway Community Development Corporation1995
13Fiscal Issues1994
13Goals1994
13Governance Work Plan1996
13Grant Award Letters and Termsn.d., 1993–1994, 1998
13Greater Options for Adolescent Lives, Inc.2000
13Healthy Boston Coalition1995–1996
13Hispanic Advisory Commission1993
13Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluationn.d., 1994
13Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2 folders)1995, 1997
13Integrated Health Strategies1994
13Job Descriptionsn.d.
13Latin American Youth Centern.d.
13Latino Health Institute (2 folders)n.d., 1995–1997
13Logo (2 folders)1996
13Managed Caren.d., 1996–1997
13Managed Care Programs and Developments Affecting Childrenca. 1996
13Management Team1995
13Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership1996–1997
13Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (3 folders)1994–1999
13Meetings1994–1998
13Memorandum of Agreement1997
13Mental Health Conferences1995–1997
13Massachusetts Mental Health / Substance Abuse Family Advisory Council1996–1997
13Mentorship Programn.d., 1997
13Metro Boston Interagency Pilot Programn.d.
13Minority Business Enterprisen.d.
13Mission Hill Healthy Boston Coalition1994–1996
13Mission Hill Career Development Program1995
13Mission Hill Youth Services Meeting1994
13Mission Statementn.d.
13–14Multisystemic Therapy (2 folders)1997–1998
14National Association for Family–Based Services (2 folders)1995–1997
14National Coalition of Families of Color1995
14National Congress for Community Economic Developmentn.d.
14National Resource Network for Child and Family Mental Health Services: Urban Hub Conference1996
14National Roundtable for African American and Latino1997
14National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (3 folders)1994–1997
14Needs of Children and Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Problems - Video Conference1996
14Neighborhood Campership Programs1994
Neighborhood Governance Board
14Generaln.d., 1995–1997
14Backgroundn.d.
14Correspondence and Memoranda1994–1999
14Director's Reports1994
14Neighborhood Governance Board1995
14Member Listsn.d., 1995–1999
14Minutes (6 folders)1994–1999
14President's Reports1995–1997
14Proposal to Improve Organizational Capacity of Neighborhood Governance Board1995
14Staff Director's Reports1997–1999
14Vision Statementca. 1996
14Work Plan1996
14New England Conference on Children and Families1998
14Notes (2 folders)n.d., 1978–1999
14Outcomes1998
14Parent Leadership Team (2 folders)2000–2002
14Parent Led Organizationsn.d., 2002
14Parents' and Children's Services of the Children's Mission1995
14Parents Helping Parents1997–2001
14Parents Supporting Parents Network1997
14Parents United for Childcare1997
14Parents, Youth and Community on a Mission1997
14Performance Indicatorsca. 1997
14Preliminary Planning Meeting1995
14President's Reports1999
14Program Review1999
14Program Summaries (3 folders)1996–1999
15Progress Reports (2 folders)1994–1996
Project Life
15General (3 folders)1996–1997
15Contract1998
15Proposal Review Committee1995
15Proposal to Furnish Management Advisory Services to Roxbury Unites for Families and Children1994
15Proposals1994–1995
15Proposals: Summer Program1994
15Providers by Service Category1994
15Quincy Geneva Housing Corporation1999
15Recipient and Service Utilization Statistics1996–1999
15Referrals (Restricted)1998
15Report to the Legislature1999
15Request for Proposalsn.d., 1995
15Request for Proposals: Program Requirementsn.d.
15Request for Response1998
15Retreat1994
15Roadmap1997
15Roxbury Nurturing Program (Restricted)1996
15The Roxbury Return Project1996
15"Roxbury Unites:" Newsletter1998
15School and Community Associates (2 folders)1995–1996
15Screening1996
15Self–Esteem Boston1995
15Service Deliveryn.d., 1995–1998
15Site Visits1994–1997
15Special Committee on Family Support and the Child Welfare System1996
15Speechesn.d.
15Staff Lists1996–1997
15Stakeholders Meeting1995
15State Coordinator1998
15State Mental Health Representatives for Children and Youth1995–1996
15Systems Reform n.d.
15TEAAM1999
15Tax Exempt Status1994, 1999
15Technical Assistance1995–1997
15Teens Against Gang Violenceca. 1995
15Transition Team1996
15Transition: Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to Executive Office of Health and Human Services1998
15Transition to Family Resource Center / Family Organization1998–1999
15U. S. Department of Health and Human Services: Public Health Service1995–1997
15 "Urban Families Unite" and "Casey United Community Update:" Newslettersn.d., 1993
16Urban Families Unitedn.d., 1993–1994
16The Walker Home and School: Programs1996–1997
16Welfare Reform Task Force1997–1998
16 "What Is RUFC?"1998
16Whittier Street Neighborhood Health Center1995
15–16Work Plans, Self–Assessments and Budget (4 folders)1993–2000
16Youth Leadership and Involvement1999
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Series:

8. Audio / Visual Material, 1974–1996
Volume:1 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

The photographs in this series represent aspects of Pola's career and family life. Of special interest are the images of the Puerto Rican Festival and mayoral campaign of Raymond Flynn. The series also contains an interview (audio cassettes) of Pola that covers her personal history and topics relating to the Latino community in Boston. An interview conducted in Spanish for the Channel Seven program, Revista, of Jose Rodriguez, Hispanic Liaison to Mayor Flynn, conducted by Sixto Escobar, is also found in this series.
BoxTitleDate
A. Photographs: Professional
18Generaln.d., ca. 1985
1810th Annual Community Awards Dinner10/26/1984
18Carmen Pola: Portraitsn.d.
18Citizens Legislative Seminar1999
18Eventsn.d., 1984
Festival Puertorriqueño / Puerto Rican Festival
18Generaln.d.
18City Hall1974
18Flag Raising1996
18Miss Puerto Rican Festival and Child Queen Contest (2 folders)1996
18Parade (2 folders)ca. 1974, 1996
18Picnicca. 1993
Mayor Flynn
18Generalca. 1983–1988
18Campaign Rallies (3 folders)1983
18Eventsn.d., 1984–ca. 1986
18Park Event with Mayor Meninoca. 1996
18Town Hall Meetings1995
B. Photographs: Personal
18Generaln.d., 1993
18Birthdaysn.d.
19Christmasn.d., 1991, 1994
19Family and Friends (4 folders)n.d., 1957, 1978–1996
19Halloweenn.d.
19Mission Churchn.d.
20Natick Youth Baseballn.d.
20School Eventsn.d., 1993
Trips
20Orlando, Floridan.d.
20Puerto Ricon.d., 1984
20Washington, D.C.n.d.
20Weddingsn.d., 1977, 1991
C. Tape Recordings
17Carmen Pola Interview (2 audio cassettes)n.d.
17Revista (Umatic tape)1984
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