Created by graduate students in the History and American Studies departments at UMass Boston, this site showcases letters, photographs, legal documents, artifacts, and interviews that explore de facto segregation in Boston and the federally-mandated desegregation of Boston public schools. Students unearthed materials from various collections in separate Boston archives, selected a representative sampling, and presented them here, together, in new collaborative context.

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Photograph of Edward Everett School in Dorchester

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Photograph of Edward Everett School in Dorchester.

"The Accomplishments of the 1944 Survey of Public Education in Boston"

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A pamphlet, produced by the Finance Commission of Boston, listing 107 (of over 1000) recommendations suggested by "The Strayer Report.”…

[Letter to Ruth Batson from a parent with a child in the METCO program]

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A letter written to Ruth Batson from a greatful METCO parent informing Ruth of her child's college acceptance and thanking her for her help.

Flyer: "Do you want to eliminate second class education in Boston?"

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Flyer to promote a meeting of the Public Education Committee of the NAACP, Boston Branch, with the Boston School Committee.

Page from Wellesley Senior High School yearbook, 1978.

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Wellesley Senior High School yearbook, 1978. Page 56 shows snapshots of Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) students at Wellesley…

Letter to Louise Day Hicks from Ruth M. Batson

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A letter from Ruth Batson, chairman of the Public Education Committee of the NAACP Boston Branch, to Louise Day Hicks, chairman of the Boston School…