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Collection Overview
Title: Office of Community Affairs records
Dates:1967-1989 (bulk 1982-1989)
Location: 32/2-3, 33/2, 56/4
Call Number:A85
Volume: 8 cubic ft. (9 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:These records document the activities of the Northeastern University Office of Community Affairs under its first director, Joseph D. Warren. Particularly well documented is the office's interaction with local community leaders, community-based organizations, and the Southwest Corridor Project in the 1980s. Also included is correspondence relating to the office's response to the concerns of Northeastern's neighbors about student behavior.
Historical Abstract:In 1982, Vice President John A. Curry reorganized the existing Office of Community Development into the Office of Community Affairs. Placed under the direction of Joseph D. Warren, the Office of Community Affairs' primary mission was to respond to the concerns of Northeastern University's neighbors. Additionally, the office administered several community outreach programs, such as the annual Thanksgiving food and Christmas toy drives and a scholarship program for Boston Housing Authority residents.
Arrangement:Organized into 2 series: 1. Administration; and 2. Community Involvement.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Dukakis, Kitty
  • Dukakis, Michael
  • Follansbee, Jan
  • Hamlett-Butler, Brenda
  • Warren, Joseph David

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)

  • Boston Housing Authority.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Community Affairs.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Funds and scholarships.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Student housing.
  • Action for Boston Community Development.
  • African Americans--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Boston (Mass.)--Economic conditions
  • Boston (Mass.)--Social conditions
  • Community and college--Massachusetts—Boston
  • Community development, Urban--Massachusetts—Boston
  • Community life--Massachusetts—Boston
  • Community relations
  • Day Camps--Massachusetts—Boston
  • Mission Hill (Boston, Mass.)--Social conditions
  • Neighborhood--Massachusetts—Boston
  • Roxbury (Boston, Mass.)--Social conditions
  • Student housing--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Urban youth--Massachusetts—Boston
  • Young Men's Christian Association--Massachusetts—Boston

Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Files containing student information are restricted for 75 years from the date of their creation. The Camp Nor'Easter files are restricted for 75 years from the date of their creation unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Related Materials:

Joseph D. Warren papers (M87)

Processor: Finding aid prepared by Jessica Parr and Jeanine Rees, May 2005; updated by George Peckham-Rooney and Hanna Clutterbuck, October 2007; updated by Hanna Clutterbuck, June 2010.

Scope and Content Note

These records document the activities of the Office of Community Affairs within Northeastern University and in surrounding communities. The records include correspondence, minutes, and other materials related to the Office of Community Affairs' administrative operations and relationship with Northeastern University. Also included are correspondence and other materials pertaining to Office of Community Affairs director Joseph D. Warren. Some of these items relate to his work in that capacity, and others reflect his personal involvement in community development and other projects in the Boston Area. These records also reflect the Office of Community Affair's involvement in the larger Boston community. Of note are the materials pertaining to the Office of Community Affairs and Northeastern University's administration of Camp Nor'Easter, Northeastern University Academy, and the Boston Housing Authority scholarship program. The Office of Community Affairs and Northeastern University's relationship with the Southwest Corridor Project is extensively documented through correspondence, minutes, development proposals, and planning reports. The collection also contains newsletters, correspondence, and flyers pertaining to various local community-based organizations.

Historical Note

The Northeastern University Office of Community Affairs was founded in 1976 by NU President Kenneth G. Ryder under the title Office of Community Development. Ryder appointed Gregory Ricks as the first director. The original mission was community outreach, and the Office of Community Development coordinated several initiatives, including annual food and toy drives. By 1982, the number of students living off campus had increased dramatically. Tension between Northeastern University and its neighbors was high. Several neighborhood organizations were dissatisfied with Northeastern University's response to their complaints about student behavior and filed law suits against the University. In an effort to stem the escalating tensions, Northeastern University Vice President John A. Curry reorganized the Office of Community Development in July, and it became the Office of Community Affairs. Professor of Afro-American Studies Joseph D. Warren was appointed as its director. The primary directive of the newly-restructured Office of Community Affairs was to respond to the concerns of Northeastern University's neighbors, curtailing loitering and moderating the behavior of students living in off-campus apartments. Additionally, the office expanded the community outreach initiatives that began under the Office of Community Development. The Office of Community Affairs, which became the Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs in 1991, ran and continues to run a free transportation program for Northeastern University's elderly neighbors, and each spring, it continues to coordinate an annual flower drive in conjunction with the Fenway Civic Association, during which hundreds of annuals that are donated by Northeastern University are planted throughout the neighborhood. The Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs administers a program that permits free use of Northeastern University facilities for local non-profit organizations; administers Northeastern University Academy and Camp Nor'Easter, two programs designed to enrich Boston youth, and co-administers a scholarship program for Boston Housing Authority residents. In addition to managing Northeastern University's relationship with its neighbors, the Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs is active in community development. Several members of the Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs staff served in an advisory capacity on the Southwest Corridor Project, with which Northeastern University was involved, in the 1970s and 1980s. The Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs coordinates Northeastern University's participation in the city-wide Youth Advisory Council, a collaboration between Northeastern University, the Boston Bar Association and the City of Boston which advises Boston's mayor on youth issues. It also coordinates an annual Northeastern University Service Day in which students, faculty and staff volunteer to help clean up the neighborhood, and provides 30,000 square feet of rent-free office space to the Whittier Street Health Center, which is located in Renaissance Park. Additionally, the Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs provides 30 full scholarships for community children to attend a two-week overnight camp in partnership with Agassiz Village in Poland, Maine, as well as yearly scholarships for community residents with disabilities to attend Camp ECHO. The Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs also offers free tickets to Northeastern University sporting events for community youth organizations. In March of 2002, the Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs came under the leadership of Robert Gittens, Northeastern University's vice president for public affairs. In the winter of 2002, the Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs began to publish a yearly newsletter, UrbanPartners, which details Northeastern University's community involvement over the previous year.

1976Office of Community Development is founded
1982Name changes to Office of Community Affairs
1991Name changes to Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs

Frederick, Antoinette. Northeastern University, Coming of Age: The Ryder Years. (Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 1995)

Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs []
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1. Administration, n.d., 1982-1989
Volume:2.5 cubic ft.


This series comprises the administrative records of the Office of Community Affairs, which include budgets, program files, correspondence and proposals. The bulk of the records are correspondence related to the Office of Community Affair's interactions with Northeastern University administration, various local and state government offices, and local community organizations. Of note are the materials related to the construction of the Northeastern University parking garage, which had ties to the Southwest Corridor Project (represented in Series 2). Throughout this series are correspondence and other materials related to the activities of Office of Community Affairs director Joseph D. Warren. These document Warren's duties as Office of Community Affairs director, as well as his personal involvement with community development projects in the Boston area. Box 2 contains materials pertaining to Warren's personal political activities, and course materials and student correspondence relating to his teaching career. Additional information on Warren's community and political activism may be found in the Joseph D. Warren papers (M87).
1Affirmative Action Office1982-1985
6Annual Reports (2 folders)1983-1984
1Awards and Scholarships1983-1985
6Black Achievers1986
1Chinese Community Meeting1982
9Commencement (18 Beta tapes)1986
1Community Steering1984
1General (4 folders)1985-1987
University Advisory:
1, 8General (2 folders)n.d., 1983-1986
1Minutesn.d., 1983-1986
1Community Service Faculty Collaborativen.d., 1986-1987
1Community Task Force1987, 1988
1, 6CommUniversity Report Radio Program, WRBB/WROR (2 folders)n.d., 1983-1984
1, 6CommUniversity Review (5 folders)1983-1986
1, 6General (9 folders)n.d., 1982-1988
1Butler-Hamlett, Brenda (3 folders)n.d., 1985-1988
1Edwards, Delores1986
1Follansbee, Jann.d., 1983-1985
1Jean, Eric1983
6Martin, John (Vice President Business) 1987
1Pacheco, Kristine M. 1987
Warren, Joseph D.:
1General (5 folders)n.d., 1982-1989
Ivory Files:
1Adams, George (United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury)1986
1Alleyne, Milton (MCI – Norfolk)1985
1Alter, Bob1986
1Alviani, Joseph (Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Affairs)1987
1Armstead (Black Veterans Working Groups)1986
1Askia, Nathaniel H. (FIRST, Inc.)1987-1988
1Atkins, Chet (US Congress)1987
1Ball, Areva (Black Law Students Association, Harvard Law)1986
1Bardwill, Amita (BBDO)1984
1Barden, Thomas P. (Assoc. Vice President, First Investors Corp.)1987
1Barton, Ray (Coolidge House)1986
1Bellistri, Sam (Massachusetts Trial Court)1986
1Biagl, Henry M.J. (Director, Mass Dept. of Education)1986
1Bolling, Bruce C. (President, Boston City Council)1985
1Boyd, Robert R. (Community Education and Training Corporation)1985
1Bradley, Tom (Los Angeles Mayor)1986
1Brooks, Vivian H. (Secretary, NU Office of Community Affairs)1987
1Brown, Andres J., Jr. (University of Mass., Lowell)1986
1Brown-Walker, Peggy (Mass. Department of Revenue)1988
1Burke, Barbara (Executive Assistant, NU President)1986
1Bynoe, James Garvey (Mass. State Representative)1985
1Calcaterra, Peter C. (MBTA)1987
1Callahan, Mary H. (Urban Affairs Association)1983
1Cardwell, Rev. Owen C.1986
1Carr, Dr. Richard D.1984
1Carter, Joseph C. (Area Superintendent, Boston Police Department)1987
1Chase-Dillon, June F. (Assistant, NU Dean of Administration)1985-1986
1Chisholm, Shirley (U.S. Senator)1985
1Coard, Robert (Director, Action for Boston Community Development)1987
1Dilday, E. Gwynne (MBTA)1987
2Huynh, Marylin S. (RASCAL)1989
2Young, Denise1987
6Education and Training 1984
2General1985, 1988
6Alcohol Awarness Luncheon1986
6Facilities Requests1984
2Faculty Coordinating Center1986
2, 6Financial (2 folders)n.d., 1983-1986
6Hands Across America 1986
2Kaplan, Beth A.: Draft Articles on Roxbury Residentsca. 1988
2Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority: Settlement Agreement1986
2, 7Minority and Economic Development Workshop1986
7Mission Statementsn.d.
2New England Community Affairs Association1985-1986
2Neighborhood Focusn.d.
Northeastern University
2Boston Campus Master Plan, Revised Draft1984
9Campus (1 Beta tape)1979
2Dormitory Petitionn.d.
2Parking Garage, Parcel 18+ (3 folders)n.d., 1983-1987
8Occupational Training1983-1984
8Outline of the First, Third, and Fifth Year Plans1983
2Planning Reports1985, 1986
Programs and Services
2General (2 folders)n.d., 1982-1987
8Basketball Tickets Distribution1985
8 Program Updates1984
8Property Transactions: Fenway / Back Bay1984
8Public Safety1984
8Report to the City of Boston1984
2Southwest Corridor Graduate Course, NU School of Economics1984
2, 8Meetings (2 folders)1982-1987
2Strategic Planning Projectn.d., 1986-1988
2Student Behavior, Community Response: Northeastern News1988
2Substance Abuse Program1986
8Suburban Campus Involvement / Administration1984
2University Collaborative1982-1983
2University Servicesn.d., 1983-1987
2University Transportation1983-1986
2Volunteer Service Survey1986-1988
Warren, Joseph D.
2American Society for Public Administration1985
2Democratic National Convention1984
2Democratic State Committee1985-1986
2Department of Speech Communication1982-1985
2Dukakis Campaign (3 folders)n.d., 1985-1988
2National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)1983
2News Articlesn.d., 1988
2Panama, Investment Council of1983-1987
2Political Communication Course1983
2Student Correspondence1982-1985
2United Way1985
2Veterans Task Force1983
2Voter Registrationn.d., 1984
2Warren Commission1985
2WROR (2 folders)1987
8Women's State-Wide Legislative Network of Massachusetts1988
2Youth Advisory Council1983
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2. Community Involvement, n.d., 1967-1989 (bulk 1982-1988)
Volume:4.5 cubic ft.


This series documents Office of Community Affair's involvement in community outreach programs in the Boston area. Of note are pamphlets and correspondence pertaining to the administration of Camp Nor'Easter, Northeastern University Academy, and the Boston Housing Authority scholarship program. The Southwest Corridor Project, the Office of Community Affair's and Northeastern University's involvement with it, and the Project's effect upon local communities is particularly well documented through correspondence, meeting minutes, development proposals and planning reports. This series also includes correspondence, fliers, minutes, and other materials related to Boston community organizations and particular neighborhoods within the city. The Camp Nor'Easter and Boston Housing Authority files are restricted for 75 years from the date of their creation unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
3, 6General (2 folders)n.d., 1982-1986
3Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)n.d., 1984-1986
3Roxbury / North Dorchester Neighborhood Profile1967
3Summer Remediation Program1984
6Summer Youth Employment1984
3, 6Black Nativity (5 folders)n.d., 1986-1988
6 Boston High School Grant Program1983
3Boston, Mass.: Census Informationn.d., c. 1980
3Boston, Mass.: Future Reportsn.d., 1983
3Boston Fair Housing Commission1983
Boston Housing Authority:
3, 6General (4 folders)1984-1988
6Coordinator (2 folders)1984, 1985
6Dental Assistant & Radiation Technology Program1985
Grant Program:
3, 6 General (5 folders)n.d., 1985-1988
3, 6Advisory Committee (2 folders)n.d., 1985-1988
3Annual Reports1984-1988
3Program Committeen.d., 1985-1988
Subcommittees: 1985-1988
3, 6Enrollment (2 folders)1986
3, 6Evaluation (2 folders)1985, 1986
3, 6Recruitment (2 folders)1987-1988
3, 6Retention (2 folders)1986-1987
Scholarship Program
3, 6General (6 folders)n.d, 1983-1985
6Admissions (restricted)1984, n.d.
6Annual Reports1984-1985
3, 6Committee (2 folders)n.d, 1983-1988
6Orientation1984, n.d.
3Boston Public Schools: Task Force1985-1986
3Boston State Hospital1983
3Boston Theater of the Deaf: Proposal1983
3Building Informationn.d.
3Camp Mission Express1982-1986
3Camp Nor'Easter (3 folders) (restricted)n.d., 1982-1988
6Casa Del Sol 1984
6Council for Advancement and Support of Education Recognition 1984
3Centro Presente1986
3Community-Based Organizationsn.d.
3Community Coming Together Against Crime: Minutes1983
3, 6 Community Development Coordinating Counciln.d., 1984-1985
6Community Education Program1983-1984
3, 6Community Health Centersn.d., 1983-1984
3Dukakis, Kitty: Huntington Avenue Sign Program1986
3, 6Elder Affairs (4 folders)n.d., 1984-1988
3Executive Office of Communities and Development, Boston, Mass.n.d., 1985-1987
3, 6Food and Toy Drives (4 folders)n.d., 1981-1988
3Franklin Park Coalition1982
3Friends of Joytown1986
3Governor's Daycare Partnership Projectn.d.
3Hotel, Restaurant, Institutional Employees, and Bartenders Union: "Who Profits from Boston's Housing Crisis?"n.d.
7Human Progressive Society n.d.
7Indeprep (Roxbury, Mass.) 1987
3Industrial Cooperative Association1982
3Inner City, Inc.n.d., 1982-1987
3Japanese / African American Society1986
3Jobs Community Consortiumn.d., 1986
3Learning Resource Center (2 folders)n.d., 1988-1989
3Literacy Resources1987
7Local Relations Agendan.d.
3Madison Park Community Schooln.d., 1974-1984
3Massachusetts Advocacy Center: "The Way Out: Student Exclusion Practices in Boston Middle Schools"1086
3Massachusetts Halfway Houses, Inc.1983-1985
3, 7Massachusetts Pre-Engineering Program for Minority Students (MASSPEP) (2 folders)1986
7May Fest1983
3Medical Area Services Corporation (MASCO)1986-1988
3Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO)1985-1986
3Generaln.d., 1987
3Demographics and Historyn.d., 1985-1988
3Generaln.d., 1981-1988
3Boston-Fenway Program, Inc. (2 folders)n.d., 1982-1989
4Fenway Community Development Corporation (2 folders)n.d., 1982-1984
4, 7Parker Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Service Center (4 folders)
4"Pickin' Up the Neighborhood" Campaign1986-1987
Mission Hill:
4Generaln.d., c.1980-1987
7Alice Taylor Scholarship Program 1982-1983
4, 7Mission Possible (2 folders)n.d., 1984-1987
Mission Hill Extension
4Generaln.d., 1983-1987
4Tenants Policy Council (4 folders)n.d., 1980-1986
4Generaln.d., 1983-1989
4District Profile and Proposed 1979-1981 Neighborhood Improvement Program1979
4Roxbury Crossing Vocational Education1984-1986
4Roxbury Heritage State Park1986
4Roxbury Multi-Service Center (2 folders)1983-1987
4United Neighborhood of Lower Roxbury1986
4United South End / Lower Roxbury Community Corporationn.d., 1982-1984
4Whittier Street Neighborhood Health Center1983-1984
4, 7Symphony (3 folders)n.d., 1983-1988
Neighborhood Services 1983
7 General 1984-1986
Co-op Employment 1984
7General (3 folders)1984-1986
7Andrews, Tina M. 1987
7Blackwell, Rosia (2 Folders)1986-1987
7Clay, David P. 1986
7Edwardi, Delores1986
8Furlong, Eileen (2 folders)1986
8Gomez-Young, Kay 1986-1987
8Hopkins, Sean 1987
8Keels, Kevin 1986
8Mateyak, Anita 1987
8Mills, Wendy 1985-1986
8Pacheco, Kristine M. 1985-1987
8Payne, Rodney (2 folders)1986
8Prior, Joanne, M 1986
8Shapiro, Lou 1986
8Crime Watch 1986
8Newspaper Clippings1984
4, 8Northeastern University Academy (4 folders)n.d., 1983-1987, 1989
4Oficina Hispana de la Comunidad1985
8Outreach Program Publicity1983
8Proposals n.d.
8Research into Community Relations Programsn.d.
Southwest Corridor:
4"Arts in Transit"1984
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
4Generaln.d., 1982-1987
4"Corridor Express"1983-1986
4"Southwest Corridor News"1985-1986
Southwest Corridor / Parcel 18+
4Generaln.d., 1982-1988
4Blue Hills Redevelopment Corporation1983
4Community Development, Northeastern Universityn.d., 1982-1985
4Demographicsn.d., 1980-1985
Economic Development
4Station Areasn.d., 1984
4Employment Studiesn.d., 1986
4Engineering / Site Informationn.d.
4Environmental Review1986-1989
Master Plan (Northeastern University)
4Generaln.d., 1986-1988
4Community Meetings (4 folders)n.d., 1986-1989
4Memorandum of Agreement (2 folders)n.d., 1982-1985
4Newspaper Articlesn.d., 1984-1986
Parcel-to-Parcel Linkage Program, Kingston-Bedford
4Community Development Committeen.d., 1986-1988
4Development Proposalsn.d.
5Selection Processn.d., 1986-1987
5Strategic Planning Proposal, Neighborhood Development and Mattapan Hospital Grounds1985-1986
Task Force
5Generaln.d., 1985-1989
5Minutes (6 folders)1982-1989
5Employment Training/Childcare (4 folders)n.d., 1984-1987
5Minority Business Enterprise (3 folders)n.d., 1980-1989
5, 8Southwest Corridor / Parcel 22 (2 folders)n.d., 1986
8Student Government Association1984
5Summer Training and Education Program (STEP)n.d., 1986-1987
5Tartts Day Care Center1983
8Training, Inc.1983-1984
Upward Bound
5Application for Grants1982
5Choice Thru Education, Inc.1982-1983
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA):
5Generaln.d., 1980-1987
5Black Achievers1985-1987
5Board of Managersn.d., 1983-1986
5Financialn.d., 1983-1986
5Training, Inc.n.d., 1981-1987
5Youth Entrepreneurial Development Project1985-1986
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