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Name of Creator:Nelson Merced.
Title:Nelson Merced papers
Date:1966-2002 (bulk 1988-1992)
Reference Code:M125
Location Code: 57/1-2; 56/4; FF4/D6
Extent: 12.50 cubic ft. (14 boxes; 1 flat file drawer)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents Nelson Merced's public service activities. The focus of the collection is his work as an elected member of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives, including his involvement with organizations like the Massachusetts English Plus Coalition, the Massachusetts Black Legislative Caucus, and the Mauricio Gaston Institute. Topics covered in the collection include bilingual education, the Boston public school system, and immigrants' rights. Records include correspondence, subject files, voting records, legislative and publicity material, and reports.
Biographical Abstract: Nelson Merced, a Latino politician and activist, was born in New York City in 1948. Merced first became politically active in Puerto Rico in the early 1970s, working with squatters in San Juan. He moved back to the United States to attend the University of Connecticut, graduating with a bachelor's degree in anthropology. He did graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, held positions at La Alianza Hispana and the Boston Public Facilities Department, and returned to politics in 1988 as a candidate from the 5th Suffolk district in Boston. This collection focuses on his political career as the first Latino candidate elected to the Massachusetts State House of Representatives. Merced held his seat from his election in 1988 until 1992. After leaving the State House, Merced worked for Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion, YouthBuild America, and, most recently, NeighborWorks America.
Language and Scripts:The collection is primarily in English; some materials are in Spanish.
System of Arrangement:Organized into four series: Series 1. Campaigns; Series 2. Correspondence; Series 3. House Activity; and Series 4. Subject Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Merced, Nelson

  • Massachusetts State House of Representatives (Boston, Mass.)
  • Massachusetts Black Legislative Caucus
  • National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (U.S.)
  • Massachusetts—General Court—House of Representatives—Committee on Ways and Means
  • Massachusetts—General Court—House of Representatives

  • Law and legislation
  • Education, Bilingual
  • Minorities—Education
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Latinos (United States)
  • Massachusetts (State)—Politics and government
  • Emigration and immigration—Government policy
  • Emigration and immigration—Law and legislation
  • State governments
  • Disputed elections
  • Elections
  • Political campaigns
  • Education—Law and legislation

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Received from Nelson Merced in 2000 and 2005.
Custodial History:The material was originally housed at the Healy Library at the University of Massachusetts/Boston until its transfer to Northeastern University in 2000.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:None.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Hanna Clutterbuck, August 2006