In 1896 Speare assumed the position of Educational Director of the Evening Institute of the Boston YMCA, where he taught algebra, arithmetic and English. Motivated by his interest in expanding educational opportunities for young men who would otherwise have few or none, Speare transformed the loosely organized school into an institute of higher learning that eventually became Northeastern University. In his first year as director, Speare expanded the course curriculum and instituted rules and regulations stipulating, among other things, a miminum level of attendence and examinations.




Left: A student handbook from the Evening Institute for Young Men, 1896-1986. From the Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston records (M13).

Right: An announcement regarding the launch of the Evening Institute. This announcement includes some of the history behind the founding of the Evening Institute for Young Men, ca. 1897. From the Northeastern University Office of the President (Speare) (A1) records.