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Gannett, Kathleen : Papers, 1969-2001
Quantity9 cartons, 1 box of posters and banners, 1 box of photographs
Kathleen Gannett donated her papers to the University of Massachusetts Boston, Healey Library, Archives and Special Collections Department in 2002.
Kathleen (Kathy) Barbara Gannett was born in
At Cornell, Gannett was involved with a local welfare rights organization, the Movement for a New Congress, voter registration drives, and also helped establish the Central New York PIRG. After graduation she went to work with the DC PIRG, and continued to work for welfare rights and reform. While living in DC, Gannett began to be involved with fair housing issues, both as a member of tenants unions and also as the Executive Director of the Citywide Housing Foundation.
After returning to
While living in
Scope and Content
This collection includes papers and publications related to Gannett’s involvement as an activist with a variety of different activist organizations, mostly focusing on fair housing issues. While the time period covered extends from her college days through her move to Vieques, PR in 2002, the bulk of the materials here are from the late 70’s through the early 80’s, with special emphasis on her involvement with Mel King’s 1983 mayoral campaign, as well as the campaigns of other Rainbow Coalition members.
The Gannett collection was originally in 17 boxes of assorted size, and included 2 boxes of monograph and serial publications, as well as additional publications interspersed with the papers. The bulk of these publications related to housing in general and in