North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Libraries is pleased to announce that the his­tor­ical records of Sociedad Latina are open for research.

Sociedad Latina de South Boston 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. Vol­un­teers coor­di­nated base­ball, bas­ket­ball, and vol­ley­ball leagues, which were spon­sored by local busi­nesses and com­mu­nity res­i­dents. 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 advance­ment. The col­lec­tion doc­u­ments the efforts of Sociedad Latina to strengthen, edu­cate, and empower youth of all eth­nic­i­ties living in the Mis­sion Hill, Rox­bury, Dorch­ester, and Jamaica Plain neigh­bor­hoods of Boston. Records date from 1968–2007 and doc­u­ment topics such 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 Sociedad Latina col­lec­tion is open for research Monday-​​Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Libraries’ Archives and Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Depart­ment, located in 92 Snell Library in Boston, Mass­a­chu­setts. A guide to the col­lec­tion is avail­able online at http://​www​.library​.neu​.edu/​a​r​c​h​i​v​e​s​/​c​o​l​l​e​c​t​/​f​i​n​d​a​i​d​s​/​m​1​3​6​f​i​n​d​.​htm.

The col­lec­tion, which was processed with funding from the National His­tor­ical Pub­li­ca­tions and Records Com­mis­sion, con­tributes to the Uni­ver­sity Archives and Spe­cial Col­lec­tion Department’s col­lecting focus on records of pri­vate, non-​​profit, community-​​based orga­ni­za­tions that are con­cerned with social jus­tice issues.

For a list of the Department’s spe­cial col­lec­tions, see: http://​www​.lib​.neu​.edu/​a​r​c​h​i​v​e​s​/​c​o​l​l​e​c​t​i​o​n​s​/​m​a​n​u​s​c​r​i​p​t​_​c​o​l​l​e​c​t​i​o​ns/.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Joan Krizack at j.​krizack@​neu.​edu or 617–373-8318.