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Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation : Records, 1976-2008 (Bulk, 1982-2000)


2 Record Cartons, 1.5 Document Cases


The records of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation were donated to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston Library by John A. Fiske and Jerome Weinstein on August 4, 2006.


The Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM) is a private non-profit organization established in 1982 by family mediators interested in sharing knowledge and setting guidelines for mediation. MCFM is the oldest professional organization in Massachusetts devoted exclusively to family mediation. MCFM was the first organization to certify family mediators in Massachusetts.

The MCFM serves the public and its members by providing information about divorce and family mediation. The MCFM maintains a mediator referral directory, and provides continuing education to divorce mediators and other professionals. Additionally, the MCFM sets professional mediator standards and publishes The Family Mediation Quarterly, a journal of practical use to mediators, since 2002.

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into four series: I. Administrative, consisting of the daily operational papers specific to the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation; II. Financial, containing papers on all matters financial for the organization; III. Training and Conferences, including a collection of papers, programs and correspondence related to professional conferences, and related published materials; and IV. Publications, containing brochures, newsletters, and the professional journal published by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.

Most of the collection was kept in its original order, which includes minutes and member lists being present throughout a number of folders in the Administrative series in addition to the folders listed as such which were relocated to the front of the collection. Most of the original folder titles were retained.

Series I: Administrative (45 folders, 1982-2000)

This series includes the files pertaining to the administration and governance of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM). The series contains the articles of organization, by-laws and amendments, and organizational standards. Additionally, this series includes sub-series files that contain Board of Directors meetings minutes, member directories, training guidelines for mediators, general correspondence, and event notices. This series provides both an overview of the MCFM and a glimpse of the daily operations of the organization.

Series II: Financial (15 folders, 1986-2002)

The focus of this series is the financial records of the MCFM. The series contains the Treasurer’s fiscal year reports, quarterly financial reports, tax records and budget correspondence. These files deal with all matters financial concerning the MCFM.

Series III: Training and Conferences (21 folders, 1979-1991)

This series contains files related to mediator training and professional conference papers. This series consists of mediation training materials, case evaluation papers, and related correspondence. There is also a sub-series consisting of papers, programs and correspondence related to professional conferences, and related published materials.

Series IV: Publications (8 folders, 1980-2008)

The publication series includes the original publications of the MCFM, and the news and journal clippings collected by the organization. Included in these files are the MCFM Newsletter (1983 – 2002). This series also includes the MCFM Family Mediation Quarterly, a journal of practical use to mediators (2006-2008). The Family Mediator Directory for the years 2000 through 2004 is also included.