Archives and Special Collections


  • University Archives and Special Collections is open for onsite research Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please contact to schedule an appointment or to request reference assistance, and consult our online collections and Finding Aids at

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston was established in 1981 as a repository to collect archival material in subject areas of interest to the university, as well as the records of the university itself.

The mission and history of the University of Massachusetts Boston guide the collection policies of University Archives & Special Collections, with the university’s urban mission and strong support of community service reflected in the records of and related to urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, war and social consequence, and local history related to neighboring communities.

At present, University Archives & Special Collections is particularly interested in expanding its collections related to the Boston Harbor Islands and Boston bicycling history.

There are a number of ways for faculty, students, and community members to get involved with University Archives & Special Collections programs and initiatives, from assistance with collections management and building, to work with the nationally-recognized Mass. Memories Road Show program, to scheduling class visits or assignments related to historical archival materials and primary sources as part of academic coursework.

To carry out its mission, University Archives & Special Collections is committed to working with, promoting, and assisting community archives in the Greater Boston area through facilitating cross-organization collaboration and access to informational, educational, and practical resources relevant to archival procedures and best practices.

For more information, visit

Selected Collections


The University Archives and Special Collections Department, located on the fifth floor of the Healey Library, is open to the public. It is highly recommended that you call 617.287.5469 to make an appointment, as hours can vary. 




Healey Library

100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125 US