The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Roxbury Multi-Service Center records
Repository: Northeastern University. Archives and Special Collections
Collection Description (Extant): The Roxbury Multi-Service Center (RMSC) collection documents the center's efforts to make Roxbury an economically viable community and to provide social and mental health services to individuals. Topics include the physical and economic development of the Roxbury neighborhood; neighborhood activism and organization; community relations; anti-crime and violence prevention; affordable housing; youth programs, including summer camp; academic enrichment; employment counseling and training; urban development; public policy formation; and social service delivery. Topics concerning public health issues, such as alcoholism, drug addiction and homelessness; sexual assault awareness; school busing; racial and educational inequality in Boston Public Schools; and the experience of African American children in Boston Public Schools are also covered. This collection includes the records of the executive directors; Board of Directors meeting minutes, committee and program reports and correspondence; grant proposals and contracts; program descriptions, reports and statistical information; organizational charts; development and public relations records; and audio-visual material and memorabilia.
Historical Abstract: RMSC is a social service agency modeled after the 19th century settlement house where all client services were located under one roof. It began as a three-year demonstration project in 1964 to provide services to the Roxbury and North Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston. From its inception, the mission of RMSC has been to offer programs and services designed to empower the residents of Roxbury and North Dorchester to become economically and socially self-sufficient. RMSC was originally funded by government and private sources including the City of Boston, Action for Boston Community Development, the United Way, the Ford Foundation, and the Permanent Charity Fund.
Audio-visual and Memorabilia, 1971-1995
This series consists of audio cassettes, memorabilia, and photographic materials documenting various aspects of RMSC, including staff, facilities, events, and programs. Memorabilia includes banners, buttons, posters, and a t-shirt. Of special interest is the audio cassette of the interview of executive director Ricardo Millett entitled "Boston Neighborhood Forum" and the cassette entitled "Narrative Overview of RMSC's History, Programs, and Progress". Also of interest is the audio cassette of the June 18, 1985 minutes of the Board of Directors meeting, which does not exist in hard copy.
Access Copy Note: Files containing client information are restricted for 75 years from the date of their creation. Please contact the University Archivist for more information.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: M109
Extent: 29 cubic ft. (29 boxes and 1 flat file drawer)
Finding Aid URL: http://www.lib.neu.edu/archives/collect/findaids/m109find.htm
Interviewees: Ricardo Millett
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American neighborhoods
Busing for school integration--Massachusetts--Boston