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Title:Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. records
Dates:1961-2005 (bulk 1966-1995)
Call Number:M101

Scope and Content Note

The records of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Incorporated (METCO, Inc.) date from 1961-2005. They document the central administration's efforts to provide the city of Boston and the Boston suburbs with a voluntary school desegregation program. The documentation includes the records of directors and other administrators; Board of Directors correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes; financial material including grant proposals; transportation bids, documentation of vendor activities and relations, and records pertaining to the management of the Transportation Department; public relations material; records relating to school departments and curricula; student records; and audio-visual material. The bulk of the collection documents the organization's administration and programming. The collection also contains subject files and files on community organizations concerned with desegregation, race relations, and education. Additionally, an extensive collection of newspaper clippings documenting the evolution of the program, student and suburban school district activities, and the Boston metropolitan area's relationship with METCO is present in the Public Relations susbseries. It is important to note that this collection includes only the records of the METCO, Inc. (METCO's central administration) and not the records of staff employed by the school districts. All student records are closed for 75 years from their date of creation.