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The Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections (NUASC) at Northeastern University Library houses and carefully curates a diverse and growing collection of historical records relating to Boston’s fight for social justice. Our charge is to preserve the history of Boston’s social movements, including civil and political rights, immigrant rights, homelessness, and urban and environmental justice. We focus on the history of Boston’s African American, Chinese, LGBTQ+, Latinx and other communities, as well as Boston’s public infrastructure, neighborhoods, and natural environments. The primary source materials we collect and make available are used by community members, students, faculty, scholars, journalists, and others from across the world.

You can find descriptions of our many collections in our finding aid catalog, which is located here.

Along with research support and the preservation of Boston’s social justice history and the history of Northeastern the Archives and Special Collections is happy to provide instruction services or host tours of all ages. Please get in contact with them at archives@northeastern.edu to arrange for a visit or a session using the archival material.


  • UASC worked with Boston Public Schools to provide nearly 3000 scans of primary source material to support their new curriculum on school desegregation in Boston
  • UASC co-curates the ever popular Neighborhood Matters film series which brings students, faculty, staff, and community members together to celebrate the ways in which community groups have shaped the neighborhoods surrounding the Northeastern campus
  • UASC archival collections are regularly embedded into Northeastern Classes and celebrations in departments and colleges including CAMD and CSSH most recently Spring, 2016 ENG  2740  Writing  and  Community  Engagement with professor Ellen Cushman
  • Created exhibits and portals to online archives, including Bouve’ Physical Therapy’s 100th Anniversary, the history of the Huntington Ave YMCA, and Huskies through the ages.
  • Recently acquired The Boston Phoenix, 40 years of Boston’s leading alt-weekly
  • Neighborhood Matters