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; alcoholism and drug addiction; homelessness; sexual assault awareness; school desegregation (Box 3, Folders 1-4); racial and educational inequality in Boston Public Schools (Boxes 2-4, Folders 18-51, 1- 23, and 1- 8); and the experience of African American children in Boston Public Schools (Box 2-4, Folders18-51, 1- 23, and 1- 8) are also covered.
The major types of material are agreements between RMSC and outside organizations; consultant correspondence and reports; grant proposals and contracts; and program descriptions, reports, and statistics.
Materials not found in this collection include the report, "The Way We Go To School: the Exclusion of Children in Boston," by The Task Force on Children out of School. This is, however, located in Snell Archive's faculty and related publications collection (LC4093.B6 T3 1971). Also, Board of Directors minutes from 1985 are missing and minutes from 1992-1998 are incomplete. Other materials not found include annual reports from the years 1967, 1970, 1975-1978, 1983-1984, 1985, and 1987-2001.