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United South End Settlements records

Repository: Northeastern University. Archives and Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): This group was involved in efforts to block urban renewal activities that would have razed poor neighborhoods.

Collection Description (Extant): This collection documents the history of United South End Settlements prior to 1960, specifically the formation of the Federation of South End Settlements and the creation of the Children's Art Centre. Documentation includes the reasons for and actions taken by the head workers of the settlement houses and the Children's Art Centre to form the Federation of South End Settlements, as well as the purpose of establishing a children's museum in the South End. Records date from 1892-1963 and include minutes of the South End Planning Group, the minutes of the Federation's directors meetings, and correspondence to and from the South End Area Planning Group regarding the implications of the Community Fund survey and possible action plans. Records also include meeting minutes of the Museum Settlement Association, annual reports of the Children's Art Centre from 1922-1963; and the Children's Art Centre's annual report precises from 1915-1959; by-laws of Andover, Hale, and Lincoln houses; scrapbooks; and annual reports of the South End House. Records from 1960-2006 document United South End Settlement's efforts to provide safe, accessible spaces where residents of the South End and Lower Roxbury gathered for recreational, cultural, and educational activities. United South End Settlement's role in urban renewal and in developing housing and economic opportunities during the 1960s and 1970s is also documented. Topics covered are the history of settlement houses in Boston's South End, urban renewal, and non-profit social service delivery. In addition, oral histories of several residents provide the history and culture of the South End from the 1920-1990s, and the role of settlement houses, in particular the South End House, and United South End Settlements. Other topics documented include adult education and employment training, children's art education, community development, services to the elderly, residential and summer day camp programming, and minority artists. The collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, proposals, grants and contracts, financial statements, budgets, audits, newspaper clippings, program descriptions, property descriptions, artwork, photographs and slides, scrapbooks, and VHS cassettes.

United South End Settlements is a non-profit social service agency located in the South End of Boston, Massachusetts, whose mission is to foster well-being, nurture personal growth and development, build a sense of community, and maintain an environment where all can thrive. In 1950, five settlement houses (South End, Lincoln, Hale, Harriet Tubman, and Ellis Memorial) and the Children's Art Centre, agreed to share their resources and formed the Federation of South End Settlements. In 1960, Ellis Memorial left the group which was renamed the United South End Settlements.

Date(s): 1892-2006 (bulk 1980-1999)

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: M126

Extent: 87.85 cubic ft. (85 boxes, 1 flat file drawer, and 1 roll tube)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American artists
African American political activists
African Americans--Massachusetts
Boston (Mass.)
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
Social settlements
Urban renewal


Sound recordings


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