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Bradley, Philip C. : Papers, 1967-1980


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Philip C. Bradley received his B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1966, worked toward an M.A. in Spanish at Boston University, and was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. In 1969 he was employed by the Emergency Tenants Council in the South End of Boston, first as a VISTA volunteer and later as a staff member. PCB was the supervisor of ETC staff providing social services. He later was active ETC's development work, including planning, tenant issues, and property management. PCB was also a South End Project Area Committee (SEPAC) member, an organization founded to insure the availability of both private and public affordable housing in the South End. He died in 1981.


The ETC was established in 1967 by residents concerned about deteriorated housing and the Boston Redevelopment Authority's "Master Urban Renewal Plan" which would have forced the removal of most of the Spanish community from the South End. The ETC's dual mission was to provide social services to the community and to plan for a total renewal of the area known as Parcel 19 that would be carried out in the best interests of the residents. In 1969 the BRA approved ETC's alternative development plan and named ETC the sponsor-developer of Parcel 19.

ETC both developed and managed low income housing. In 1970 it established the ETC Development Corporation and a year later founded ETC Developers, Inc. (a profit corporation) as the active business and decision-making arm. ETCDC and DI were governed by one board chosen by an ETC steering committee. ETCDC/DI rehabilitated a number of properties, and then became property managers, including tenant selection. In 1973-75, it built the Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA) Services Center after the previous facility burned. Around 1975, the Emergency Tenants Council began to use the name IBA exclusively. Whether ETC or IBA, the community organization oversaw the activities of the corporations, which developed approximately 800 units of affordable housing in the South End's Puerto Rican Community. IBA also continued to provide social services to residents.

For information about SEPAC, see the SEPAC collection

Scope and Content

This collection contains records of ETC, IBA, their subsidiary corporations ETCDC and ETCDI, and SEPAC, including minutes, proposals, reports, photographs, and publications, from PCB's work with those organizations. There are some personal papers. The records document resident-directed urban renewal, activities in the Puerto Rican community, and tenant issues in Boston's South End.

The preliminary inventory consists of original folder titles (with dates added) and titles created by the archivist that appear in square brackets. Material that was loose or in labeled hanging folders was put into acid-free folders by the archivist. The original order has been maintained. A few publications were added to the library's general collection or discarded.