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Tent City Corporation : Records, 1968-1987


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These records were given to the University of Massachusetts/Boston Archives by Bob Jacobson, then director of the Tent City Corporation, in October 1991.


The Tent City Corporation grew out of the Tent City Task Force (a subcommittee of the South End Project Area Committee). The corporation was founded in 1979 as a "community controlled development organization dedicated to the preservation of decent, affordable housing and a multi- racial, multi-ethnic community of low and moderate income people in the South End neighborhood." The members succeeded in building mixed- income housing for residents in danger of being displaced by commercial developers. The Tent City complex is located on Columbus Avenue at Dartmouth Street in Boston, the site of the 1968 "Tent City" demonstration.

For additional historical background, see the papers written by students in UMass/Boston's archives program.

Scope and Content

These records of Tent City Corporation's executive directors, board of directors, and executive and other committees include minutes, correspondence, design and other proposals, reports, occupancy agreements, budget and financing information, and newsletters. There are also reports from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and "model" urban renewal projects, some Tent City Task Force records, and some personal papers of Elizabeth Seifel (TCC's first executive director). This collection also includes material from Greater Boston Community Development, and MIT's Total Studio.

The records document the evolution of the physical and philosophical design of the Tent City Complex, including negotiations among developers, TCC, residents, and the city.