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Mission Hill Planning Commission : Records, 1971-1985


27 cartons


The records of the Mission Hill Planning Commission were given to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts/Boston in August 1988 by Sheila Gregohegan, a MHPC staff member.


The Mission Hill Planning Commission, an elected body with a staff, was founded in 1974 by several community organizations, including the Circle Federation. The Mission Hill part of Boston is bordered by three universities and colleges, and contains several large medical complexes and a variety of mixed-income housing. The MHPC's purpose included increasing people's participation in city and institutional planning, securing public and private services for residents, promoting local institutions' cooperation with community organizations, facilitating communication among neighborhood groups, and initiating planning to solve area problems. The MHPC was an active member of the No-MATEP (Harvard University's proposed Medical Area Total Energy Plant) Coalition, helped neighborhood groups establish priorities for Community Development Block Grants, organized clean-ups, worked with tenant organizations, operated the Mission Link Bus, and involved residents in a variety of development decisions.

Scope and Content

The MHPC records contain MHPC newsletters, and fundraising, administrative, election, committee, and issue files that include minutes, reports by MHPC and others, publications, proposals, and correspondence. There are also some early records of the Circle Federation and other files pertaining to the Commission's founding. The collection documents MHPC's work, issues concerning the residents of Mission Hill (particularly their work against MATEP), and the development of the area's hospitals.

Most of the information in the preliminary box list is from notes written by MHPC on the cartons.