NU Collections

Northeastern houses several collections that highlight the history of East Boston. Use the links below to access finding aids and digitized materials for each collection. To view a collection at the Archives, especially unprocessed collections, please contact us.

East Boston Community News

The East Boston Community News was an activist community newspaper produced primarily by volunteers biweekly between 1970 and 1989.

This collection is unprocessed.

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Mary Ellen Welch Papers

Mary Ellen Welch is a community activist and former teacher at Hugh R. O’Donnell Elementary School in East Boston, Massachusetts. Since the 1960s, she has been an advocate for East Boston residents on issues surrounding waterfront development, affordable housing, public schools, and the expansion of Logan International Airport.

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Wallace Floyd Associates Boston Central Artery Records

 This collection records the work of Wallace Floyd Associates from the late 1960s to the early 2000s and focuses on the Central Artery Project for the Big Dig. Wallace Floyd Associates focused on planning, community liaison, urban design and architecture and were responsible for the publication of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Report.

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Central Artery/Tunnel Project, John "Jack" M. Quinlan Photographs

The collection documents Jack Quinlan’s work as the Director for Public Affairs for the Central Artery/Tunnel project also known as “The Big Dig” (1991-2007). The 521 color photographs, circa 1991-2006, were used by Quinlan in slide presentations on the progress of the Big Dig. The slides include project design charts, as well as aerial photographs and detailed photographs of the construction.

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Boston Globe "Big Dig" Records

The collection documents the Boston Globe’s reporting of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, known as the “Big Dig”, from approximately 1991-2008. The majority of the collection includes the records of Sean Murphy, Investigative Reporter for the Boston Globe from 1987 to the present.

This collection is unprocessed. 

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Daniel J. McNichols Papers

Daniel McNichol served as Deputy Director for Public Affairs and spokesperson for the “Big Dig” construction project in Boston, Massachusetts from 1993-2000. In 2000, he left the position to publish numerous articles and books about the project.

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Nancy Caruso Papers

Nancy Caruso is a community activist and co-founder of the North End Waterfront Central Artery Committee. The Committee was established in 1993 to lessen the impact of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project on the North End and Waterfront neighborhoods of Boston, Massachusetts.

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Central Artery Environmental Oversight Committee (Anne Fanton) Records

The collection documents Anne Fanton’s tenure as executive director of the Central Artery Environmental Oversight Committee. The records focus on the Committee’s interaction with the Central Artery/Tunnel Project concerning air quality, traffic management, transit, and open space commitments made by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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East Boston Greenway Council Records

The East Boston Greenway is a linear park planned along the old railroad right-of-way, connecting neglected portions of East Boston’s historic waterfront to the Piers Park, the Boston Parks stadium, and two Urban Wilds: Wood Island Bay Marsh and Belle Isle Marsh. The Friends of the East Boston Greenway and its predecessor, the East Boston Greenway Council, have provided the vision for the Greenway and the planning for its many public programs.

This collection is unprocessed.

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