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Holmstrom, David : Papers, 1967-1990


13 boxes


These papers were donated to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston by David Holmstrom , June 10, 1992.


David Holmstrom has been a social activist since high school in the 1950s. In 1967 he moved to Cambridge to attend Harvard graduate school. Politically he has been involved with independent progressive community and national organizations, including NCIPA (National Committee of Independent Political Action, formerly NPOC: National Political Organizing Committee and People Alliance).

Because of political ties he worked on various political campaigns including Mel King's mayoral campaign (where DH served as MK's South Boston coordinator. DH was also on staff of King's Congressional campaign.)

DH's career included teaching sociology. He was on the staff of Haymarket People's Fund, was a typesetter, computer consultant, and most recently, with a company that developed fundraising software for non-profit organizations. In 1992 he moved to Chile with his wife Bonnie Sheppard who was serving on a Ford Foundation funded project.

Scope and Content

The papers include the records of various political activities and associations of DH. Also included are a collection of leftist publications. Papers concerning the Coalition for People's Alternative which was held in the Bronx, New York, in 1980, at the time of the Democratic National Convention can be found in the collection. These papers include the final draft of program. DH believes that the Coalition was a significant event which was not well-covered in the media at the time.