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John Joseph Moakley oral history project

Repository: Suffolk University. Moakley Archive and Institute

Collection Description (CRHP): Part four of the oral history project covers Boston's busing crisis in the 1970s -- teachers, students, elected officials and others impacted by Judge Garrity's ruling were interviewed. In addition, the oral history of Congressman John Joseph Moakley deals the civil rights movement.

Collection Description (Extant): The Moakley Archive Oral History project seeks to document and preserve valuable information and observations that may not be a part of the paper, photographic, and audiovisual portions of the Congressman John Joseph Moakley Papers.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 2001-2008

Digital Status: Partial

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The archive has created a research guide on the Garrity Decision that includes relevant information about Suffolk's archival research resources and those of area repositories. It can be viewed here: The archive also has interviews with members of the Black Congressional Caucus: in the early 1970s Moakley had a radio show in Boston that interviewed members of Congress on issues of interest to his constituents such as crime, enforced sterilization and the Nixon impeachment. The show was broadcast in predominately African-American neighborhoods of Boston. He interviewed members including: Shirley Chisholm, John Conyers and Charlie Rangel.

The Congressman John Joseph Moakley Papers are also available at the archives and consist of 521 boxes of materials that document Joe Moakley's early life, his World War II service, his terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate, and his service in Congress. The majority of the collection covers Moakley's congressional career from 1973 until 2001.

Interviewees: Anthony Voto, Kirsten Alexander, Eleanor "Peniey" McClary, Henry Allen, William "Doc" Reid, Brian Wallace, Mary Ellen Smith, Mark Harvey, Ruth Walsh, James Feeney, Lewis Finfer, Patricia A. Kelly, James Collins, Joanne Sweeney, Moe Gillen, John Nucci, Mary Ann Hardenberg, Barbara Faith, James O'Leary, Richard Lane, John Canty, Hubie Jones, Robert Moakley, Thomas Moakley, Sean Ryan, John Lynch, James P. McGovern, William Bulger, James E. Kelly, Michael Dukakis, William Shaevel,Barney Frank, James Hennigan, Patricia Reid, Paula Fleming, John Joseph Moakley

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


Boston (Mass.)--Politics and government
Busing for school integration--Massachusetts--Boston
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
Civil rights--Cases
Massachusetts--Politics and government
School integration--Massachusetts--Boston
United States. Congress. House


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