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Name of Creator:Cambridge Eviction Free Zone (Cambridge, Mass.).
Title:Cambridge Eviction Free Zone records
Date:1972–2007 (bulk 1988–2007)
Reference Code:M170
Location Code:55/1–2, FF1/D6
Extent:18.40 cubic ft (21 boxes and 1 flat file)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents Cambridge Eviction Free Zone's (EFZ) work on issues of housing justice and immigrant rights. Records reflect EFZ's organizational structure and operations, its outreach to Cambridge tenants and local social justice organizations, and its programs and campaigns. Topics documented include affordable housing initiatives, rent control, Section 8 and other housing assistance programs, immigrant rights, and tenant organizing. Records include meeting minutes, organizational newsletters, promotional materials, memorabilia, video and audio recordings, photographs, computer disks, and newspaper clippings.
Historical Abstract:Founded in 1988, the Cambridge Eviction Free Zone (EFZ) was a tenant–run community organization that worked for social and economic justice in the areas of housing and tenants' rights, rent control, and immigrant voting rights. It also addressed issues of affordability and conditions in rental housing. Until its disbandment in December 2007, EFZ assisted tenants in exercising their legal rights, providing information and support to tenants facing evictions and rent increases.
Language and Scripts:Materials are in English, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Chinese.
System of Arrangement:Organized into 5 series: 1. Organizational Files; 2. Staff Files; 3. Housing Programs; 4. Other Campaigns; and 5. Audio–Visual Material and Memorabilia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Booth, Laura
  • Cavellini, Bill
  • Lafontant, Ehrl
  • Regan, Mary
  • Smith, Natalie

  • Cambridge Eviction Free Zone (Cambridge, Mass.).
  • Committee for Cambridge Rent Control (Cambridge, Mass.).
  • Cambridge Eviction Free Zone (Cambridge, Mass.).

  • Affordable housing
  • Eviction––Massachusetts
  • Haitian Americans––Massachusetts
  • Housing––Massachusetts.
  • Immigrant families––United States––Economic conditions
  • Rent control––Law and legislation
  • Rent control––Massachusetts
  • Rent strikes
  • Rental housing
  • Rental housing––Law and legislation––Massachusetts
  • Voting––Massachusetts––Boston Metropolitan Area

Conditions Governing Access:Files containing tenant information are restricted. Please contact the University Archivist for more information.
Technical Access:9 computer disks in Box 23, folder 31 cannot be opened.
Custodial History:Cambridge Eviction Free Zone records were donated to the Archives in December 2007 by Bill Cavellini.
Accruals:No further accruals are expected.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Finding Aids:Committee for Cambridge Rent Control records (M166)
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Dominique Medal, July 2010