Finding Aids

Finding aids are guides to archival collections that help researchers understand who created the records and how they were originally used, and describe the scope and contents of a collection, how it is organized, whether any restrictions apply, and other information to aid users in navigating collections.

All finding aids are PDFs:

Research Guides

These are cross-collection subject based guides that identify materials related to particular topics, and list where they can be found throughout all our holdings. Guides include links to digitized materials where available.

Bibliographies & Indices

Research Topics

Listed below are areas of strength within our holdings.

Boston and Massachusetts Ninth Congressional District
  • Economic development (Big Dig, Waterfront, Taunton Industrial Park, etc.)
  • Fair housing - Anti-snob zoning
  • Forced busing/Boston public schools desegregation
  • Historic preservation (Dorchester Heights, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, U.S.S. Constitution, Old South Meeting House, etc.)
  • Grassroots activism
  • State Representative
  • State Senate
  • Boston City Council Congress
Congressman John Joseph Moakley
  • Congress, 1973-2001
  • Massachusetts politics
  • Constituent services
  • House of Representatives
  • Leadership
  • Rules Committee
Consumer affairs/health and medical research
  • Fire-safe cigarettes
  • Food Labeling Act
  • Organ donation
Drama and theatre studies
  • Eugene O’Neill Society
  • Eugene O’Neill, 1883-1953
Environmental issues
  • Boston Harbor Islands
  • Boston Harbor Clean-up
  • Hazardous waste sites
Feminism, France

Great Pond, Maine

History of radio

History of Suffolk University

Human rights
  • Congresses
  • France
  • Moakley Commission on the Jesuit Murders in El Salvador
  • U.S. policy towards Cuba
  • Immigration issues
  • Chinese immigration
  • Salvadoran refugee legislation
U.S foreign policy
  • Military aid to El Salvador
  • U.S. policy towards Cuba
  • Resistance movements
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Women
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- France
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, French
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Women
  • Development France, bibliography
  • French
  • History, 20th century
  • International development
  • World Conference on Women
  • United Nations-- Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women