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Name of Creator:Roxbury Multi-Service Center
Title:Roxbury Multi-Service Center records
Reference Code:M109
Location Code:60/1, 61/4, FF5/D2
Extent:30 cubic ft. (30 boxes and 1 flat file drawer)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Roxbury Multi-Service Center (RMSC) collection documents the center's efforts to make Roxbury an economically viable community and to provide social and mental health services to individuals. Topics include the physical and economic development of the Roxbury neighborhood; neighborhood activism and organization; community relations; anti-crime and violence prevention; affordable housing; youth programs, including summer camp; academic enrichment; employment counseling and training; urban development; public policy formation; and social service delivery. Topics concerning public health issues, such as alcoholism, drug addiction and homelessness; sexual assault awareness; school busing; racial and educational inequality in Boston Public Schools; and the experience of African American children in Boston Public Schools are also covered. This collection includes the records of the executive directors; Board of Directors meeting minutes, committee and program reports and correspondence; grant proposals and contracts; program descriptions, reports and statistical information; organizational charts; development and public relations records; and audio-visual material and memorabilia.
Historical Abstract:RMSC is a social service agency modeled after the 19th century settlement house where all client services were located under one roof. It began as a three-year demonstration project in 1964 to provide services to the Roxbury and North Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston. From its inception, the mission of RMSC has been to offer programs and services designed to empower the residents of Roxbury and North Dorchester to become economically and socially self-sufficient. RMSC was originally funded by government and private sources including the City of Boston, Action for Boston Community Development, the United Way, the Ford Foundation, and the Permanent Charity Fund.
Arrangement:Organized into 7 series: 1. Administration; 2. Board of Directors; 3. Executive Directors; 4. Programs; 5. Grants and Contracts; 6. Outside Organizations; 7. Audio-visual and Memorabilia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Allen, Zuline Gray
  • Anderson-Chase, Marilyn
  • Bell, Vanessa
  • Carrington, Shirley
  • Cuthbert, Gertrude
  • Folly, Richard
  • Gadson, Brenda
  • Jones, Hubert T.
  • Lovelace-Graham, Valerie
  • Millett, Ricardo
  • Samuels, Milton
  • Swan, Dawn
  • Warren, Joseph
  • Wilson, Percy

  • La Alianza Hispania (Boston, Mass.)
  • Roxbury Multi-Service Center (Boston, Mass.)
  • Action for Boston Community Development

  • Academic achievement -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • African American neighborhoods -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • African American youth -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Busing for school integration -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Community development -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Community mental health services -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Community organization -- Massachusetts – Boston
  • Crime prevention -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Citizen participation
  • Crime prevention -- Massachusetts -- Boston --Youth participation
  • Crisis intervention (Mental health services) -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Emergency housing -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Gang prevention -- Massachusetts -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Housing -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Housing rehabilitation -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Legal assistance to the poor -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Sex instruction -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Social service -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Urban beautification -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Urban homesteading -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Youth development -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Access Restrictions:Files containing client information are restricted for 75 years from the date of their creation. Please contact the University Archivist for more information.
Copyright Restrictions:Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Related Materials:

La Alianza Hispana records (M55).

"The Way We Go To School: the Exclusion of Children in Boston," by The Task Force on Children out of School (Snell Archives Faculty and Related Publications LC4093.B6 T3 1971).

The Archives and Special Collections Department capture the website content of the Roxbury Multi Service Center, which is accessible at*/

Processor: This collection was processed with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Finding aid prepared by Kimberly Reynolds, with the assistance of Zachary Enright and Susan Martin, November 2005. Finding aid updated by Abigail Cramer, October 2012.