The core mission of the Moakley Archive and Institute at Suffolk University, established in 2001 with the gift of Congressman John Joseph Moakley's papers, includes the following elements:
- Collecting, preserving and making accessible its archival holdings which include the University's institutional records, the Congressman Moakley Papers, and other research collections related to Suffolk faculty and alumni;
- Cultivating partnerships within Suffolk University and with external organizations to develop public programming and exhibits that advance the academic goals of the university and simultaneously promote issues significant to Moakley’s life and career;
- Supporting Suffolk University's teaching mission through classroom instruction and the creation of educational materials in order to facilitate research and promote information literacy;
- Ensuring the proper management and disposition of University records in accordance with legal requirements and University policies through the Records Management Program.
Hours and Location
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
(617)-305-6277 Fax (617)-305-6275
The Archive and Institute is located in the Special Collections Room (5th Floor) of the John Joseph Moakley Library in Sargent Hall.
- Take the elevator to the 6th floor.
- Enter the Moakley Law Library (if asked for identification, tell staff that you have an appointment at the Archive)
- Walk down one flight of stairs to the 5th floor or take the internal elevator immediately to your right upon entering the library.
- The Archive is room 515 (at the bottom of the stairs to the left).
The Archive and Institute is open to the public and members of the Suffolk University community.
- Reading Room hours are Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30.
- Call 617-305-6277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a research appointment.
- The Archive is closed on University holidays.
Staff Contact Information
Julia Collins Howington
University Archivist/Moakley Institute Director
617-305-6293 (fax) 617-305-6275
Michael Dello Iacono
University Records Manager
617-305-6255 (fax) 617-305-6275
Associate Archivist for Reference and Digital Collections
617-305-6277 (fax) 617-305-6275
Research Assistance and Reference Requests
Archive staff provides the following research assistance to all patrons:
- Identifying relevant resources and collections
- Reviewing available finding aids and research tools
- Assistance searching the Archives catalog
- Fact checking and reference questions
- Guidance for in-depth research projects
Engaging students with primary-source documents develops their critical thinking and information literacy skills. The Archive works with faculty to develop classes that teach students primary source research skills using our collections. We also encourge faculty to develop courses using our materials. Please contact us for more information. Go to slideshare.net/moakleyarchive for access to the classroom guides and powerpoint presentations used in classes. Examples of the classroom guides that students use are below: