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Massachusetts History Workshop : Records, 1983-1995


3 document cases


These records were donated to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston by Libby Bouvier in August, 2005.


The Massachusetts History Workshop was formed in 1978 by a small group of labor historians in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The Workshop sought to bring together workers, community residents, and university-based historians in order to pursue a democratic approach to history, through collaborative projects and community participation. As self-titled “activist historians” the members focused their efforts on stories of child labor, union politics, women’s movements and other social history and activism issues. The Workshop sponsored many projects, including commemorative gatherings, cultural events, and long-term projects with groups interested in documenting their history.  The workshop also produced a variety of presentations in a variety of media, including pamphlets, oral history interviews, theater productions and video recordings.

Scope and Content

The records span the time period of 1983-1995 and have been organized into three series.  The first series, Minutes, contains notes and agendas from past meetings and are arranged chronologically.  The second series is Projects & Publications, which contains records of specific projects, initiatives and completed publications of the organization.  The third series, Resource Files, contains various articles, flyers, and miscellaneous literature used for project resource and development.