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Name of Creator:Warren, Joseph David, 1938-2010
Title:Joseph D. Warren papers
Date:1972-2003 (bulk 1980-1990)
Reference Code:M87
Location Code:64/4, 55/3, 55/4
Extent:8.50 cubic ft. (10 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Joseph D. Warren papers document African American involvement in Massachusetts politics between 1980 and 1990 and in Michael S. Dukakis' 1988 Presidential campaign. A majority of the collection contains correspondence, news clippings, and reports that Warren collected and organized for a book, which he tentatively titled Assessing the Approaches and Effectiveness of Organizing the Black Community. The proposed book will examine Warren's efforts to advance African American and other minority causes and involvement in politics, with particular emphasis on the relationship between the African American community and Dukakis both in Massachusetts and nation-wide. In particular, there are reports and correspondence from the so-called "Warren Commission," a political advocacy group organized by Warren to serve as the means by which to "organize the Black community" and to provide it a political voice. The collection also contains material from the State-wide Issues Hearings sponsored by the Warren Commission in December 1982. In addition, there are also subject files that document minority involvement in the Democratic Party, Dukakis' 1988 Presidential Election Campaign, and urban renewal projects in Massachusetts.
Historical Abstract:African American politician and educator Joseph David Warren was born to Geroldine McDaniel Warren and Harold H. Warren in Harlem, New York on April 2, 1938. In 1979, he organized what became known as the "Warren Commission," a political advocacy group that worked to improve the social and economic conditions of minority groups and to ensure that their needs were represented in the Massachusetts and federal governments. Warren served as a political aide and advisor to Michael S. Dukakis during Dukakis' second (1982-1986) and third (1986-1990) terms as Massachusetts governor. Warren also served as Dukakis' senior advisor during his 1988 presidential campaign. In addition, Warren was a member of Michael Dukakis' Community Development Coordinating Council, from 1982-1989 and was involved in several urban renewal projects in the Southwest Corridor of Boston, Mass. Warren also worked to increase hiring of minorities for government jobs and contracts. In addition to his political activities, he has worked at Northeastern University since 1978 as an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies and served as the Urban Assistant to Northeastern University President Kenneth G. Ryder. In 1982, Warren became director of the Northeastern University Office of Community Affairs, which was responsible for managing the school's relationship with communities throughout Massachusetts.
System of Arrangement:This collection is arranged into three series: 1. Book Research; 2. Subject Files; and 3. State-wide Issues Hearings.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933-
  • Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
  • Mondale Walter F., 1928-
  • Warren, Joseph D.

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)

  • Affirmative Action programs -- Minorities -- Employment
  • African American economists -- Massachusetts
  • African American educators -- Massachusetts
  • African American political consultants -- Massachusetts
  • African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Politics and Government -- 1951-
  • Cambridge (Mass.) -- Social conditions
  • Dorchester (Boston, Mass.) -- Social conditions
  • Mattapan (Boston, Mass.) -- Social conditions
  • Minorities -- Economic conditions
  • Minorities -- Social conditions
  • Politics and government -- Massachusetts
  • Presidential candidates -- United States
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1984
  • Roxbury (Boston, Mass.) -- Social conditions
  • Springfield (Mass.) -- Social conditions
  • Vice-Presidential candidates -- United States
  • Worcester (Mass.) -- Social conditions

Conditions Governing Access:Northeastern University records (Box 6, folder 64) are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation. Student and personnel files (Box 6, folders 61-62) are closed for 75 years from the date of their creation.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Jessica Parr, Ellen Lassiter, June 2003, March 2005; updated by Migyeong Geum, November 2012.