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Cambridge Tenants Organizing Committee : Records, 1970-1984


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These records of the Cambridge Tenants Organizing Committee were given to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston by Skipper Hammond, a member of CTOC, in June 1988


After a successful battle for rent control, the Cambridge Tenants Organizing Committee was founded in April 1970 by former members of the Cambridge Peace and Freedom Party as the CPFP disbanded. CTOC campaigned for decent and affordable housing and helped tenants document problems with landlords and fight evictions. With a membership comprised of welfare recipients, workers, and "victims of oppression" (particularly of racism and sexism), CTOC was against the capitalist system and government.

In 1977, arguments over the organization's priorities split CTOC and led it to disband. The group supporting the creation of an Intermediate Socialist Organization (ISO) probably then formed the Cambridge Socialist Organization and then the Boston Area Socialist Organization, which merged with City Life, a tenants organizing project in Jamaica Plain, in 1981. The group that wanted to concentrate on organizing formed the Cambridge Tenants Organization, which became or merged with the Cambridge Tenants Union.

Scope and Content

The records include committee, task force, and general membership minutes, newsletters, proposals, work programs, reports, publications, and leaflets that document CTOC's history and internal divisions, and housing issues in Cambridge. The collection also includes Boston Area Socialist Organization and Cambridge Tenants Organization files.