Freedom House, Inc. records, 1941-2004 (bulk 1949-1986)

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Freedom House, Inc. records, 1941-2004 (bulk 1949-1986)


Freedom House (Roxbury, Boston, Mass.)
Segregation in education--Law and legislation--United States


Freedom House was founded in 1949 by African American social workers Otto P. and Muriel S. Snowden. It grew out of their initial community organizing with the Council on Community Affairs of Upper Roxbury (1947-1949). The initial goal of Freedom House was to centralize community activism in the fight for neighborhood improvement, good schools, and harmony among racial, ethnic, and religious groups in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

The founders of Freedom House, Muriel S. And Otto P. Snowden had an acute sense of the historical value of their work and of the records that document it. As a result, the records of Freedom House are thorough and comprehensive for the term of their co-directorship (1949-1986). Materials created under the succeeding directors are less comprehensive and focus on the reorganization of Freedom House and on the educational program, Project REACH.


Freedom House, Inc.


Freedom House, Inc. records, 1941-2004 (bulk 1949-1986).


Northeastern University Archives & Special Collections.


circa 1970.


Finding aid for the Freedom House, Inc. records was prepared by Nancy Richard, December 1997.


This item is made available for research and educational purposes by Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections. Rights status is not evaluated.


Additional material can be found in the Muriel S. and Otto P. Snowden papers (M17), Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections.


62.00 cubic ft








Boston, MA

Collection Items

[Letter to Judge Garrity from  Freedom House, Inc.]
Letter to Judge Garrity from the Coordinated Social Services Council of Freedom House regarding concerns of the monitoring plan and informational component for Phase II.

Agenda: Community Education Collaborative for Desegregation Meeting
An agenda of the November 9, 1974 meeting of the Community Education Collaborative for Desegregation at Freedom House planning to discuss how to effective help with Phase II; evaluate Phase I; and develop recommendations.

Progress Report
Progress report from the "Freedom House Institute on Schools and Education" (later the Coordinated Social Services Group/Committee) regarding its continued preparations for the desegregation of Boston Schools (busing).

Coordinated Social Services Meeting
Minutes of a meeting held at Freedom House by the Coordinated Social Services group. Report includes an update on Legal proposals currently before the court and a motion this group become a formal committee.

"Save the Racial Imbalance Law."
This document outlines the Racial Imbalance Act that was passed in 1965 and some of the threats to it. The bill allowed the state Board of Education to take away funding from districts that had schools that were racially imbalanced, as defined by the…
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