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Title:Joseph D. Warren papers
Dates:1972-2003 (bulk 1980-1990)
Call Number:M87

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The Joseph David Warren papers document Warren's political roles in advocating for African American causes in Massachusetts in the 1980s and Michael Dukakis' 1988 Presidential election campaign. The papers provide perspective on such issues as minority involvement in politics, urban renewal action in Boston's Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods, and the needs of Massachusetts minorities in the areas of employment, housing, education, business development, and human services.

Warren compiled this collection of correspondence, news clippings, photographs, and as research for his proposed book, tentatively titled "Assessing the Approaches and Effectivness of Organizing the Black Community." 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 provide it with a political voice. There is a strong emphasis on the relationship between the African American community and Michael S. Dukakis and the effort Warren made toward bolstering Dukakis' image in that community. Also included are subject files that Warren initially collected as part of his research for his book, but did not incorporate into the existing organization of the proposed book as well as records from the Massachusetts State-wide Issues Hearings, which were sponsored by the Warren Commission in 1982.