The University Archives holdings include materials having permanent value to Suffolk University, its history and its mission. These materials include records such as correspondence, reports, committee meeting minutes and agendas, publications, audiovisual materials, artifacts and memorabilia and photographs. More info.
For questions concerning which departmental records should be kept and transferred to the Archive please consult our Records Management page.
Materials Open for Research Include:
History of Suffolk University
Press Releases and News Clippings
Joe Moakley’s congressional career from 1973 to 2001 is recorded in files, videos, photographs, and citations. The Archives has constituent service and policy files; reports of the Congressman’s legislative and voting records; and documents related to his campaigns. Congressman Moakley’s interest and advocacy for international human rights, dating from a constituent service issue in the early 1980s, are demonstrated through materials that include the declassified files of the Moakley Commission, which investigated the murders in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter. Other documents reflect Moakley’s service as chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee and his role in congressional law making, as well as his promotion of the combined "Third Harbor Tunnel" and "Big Dig" project, the largest public works project in U.S. history. More info
Boston Harbor Islands (Mass.)
Busing for school integration
Cigarettes -- Safety regulations -- United States Democratic Party (U.S.) History 20th century.
El Salvador -- Politics and government -- 1979-1992
Jesuits -- El Salvador
Legislators -- Massachusetts.
Legislators -- United States.
Massachusetts -- Politics and government--1950-2001.
McGovern, James P., 1959-Moakley, John Joseph, 1927-2001
Politicians -- Massachusetts.O'Neill, Tip
United States -- Congress -- House.
United States--Politics and government--1973-2001.
The Jamaica Plain Committee on Central America (JPCOCA), a grassroots organization from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts lobbied Congressman Joe Moakley in the 1980s to help Salvadoran refugees gain legal status in the United States. The collection, which spans from 1982-2001, includes correspondence, news clippings and office files that document the committee’s involvement in raising awareness of the Salvadoran refugee issue, their interactions with Congressman Moakley and how they achieved their goal of helping Salvadoran refugees in America. Finding aid available (.pdf)
El Salvador. Politics and government. 1979-1992
Extended Voluntary Departure
Human Rights. El Salvador
Immigration policy and research
Jamaica Plain Committee on Central America
Refugees. Legal status, laws, etc. El Salvador
United States. Relations. El Salvador Jamaica Plain Committee on Central America
McGovern, James P., 1959-Moakley, John Joseph, 1927-2001
Price, Fran Pryor, Caro
lZanger, Ginny El Salvador
Esther Cassidy, producer of Enemies of War, a documentary on the Salvadoran civil war and the investigation into the murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter, donated her records, audio and video tapes, and transcriptions to the Moakley Archive in 2008.
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• El Salvador--History--1979-1992.
• El Salvador--Politics and government--1979-1992.
• United States--Relations--El Salvador.
• Jesuits--El Salvador.
• Cassidy, Esther
• Ellacuría, Ignacio
• McGovern, James P., 1959-
• Moakley, John Joseph, 1927-2001
The collection contains published materials, personal notes, and research materials pertaining to Suffolk University Professor Mary P. Burke’s involvement in the U.N. International Women’s Conferences and research into women and international development. The four U.N. conferences, held between 1975 and 1995, served as both a catalyst for and a sign of a revived international movement for women’s empowerment and equality. Finding aid available (.pdf)
Mary P. Burke Related Materials: The Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University conducted two audio interviews with Professor Burke that provide context to the documents in this collection.
World Conference on Women
United Nations-- Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
Women and development
The papers of Thomas F. Lambert Jr., torts scholar and Suffolk University Law Professor, include research materials related to the Nuremburg Trials, his law school notebooks and pocket diaries containing notes with legal and literary quotations.Search the collection's finding aid
Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg,
Suffolk University Law School
The Gleason Leonard Archer Personal Papers document the personal and professional activities of Suffolk University’s founder. In addition to being an educator, Archer was also a prolific writer and popular radio broadcaster. The types of materials in the collection include manuscripts and typescripts of his books, journals, articles, speeches, and radio addresses; correspondence; biographical information; genealogy records; photographs; and personal artifacts. The collection also includes family papers, documenting the personal and business activities of members of Archer’s immediate and extended family through account books, contracts, correspondence and photographs. Finding aid available (.pdf) & Bibliographies available.
Archer, Elizabeth Glenn
Archer, Gleason Leonard, 1880-1966
Archer, Gleason Leonard, 1916-Genealogy
Great Pond (Me.)
Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Radio broadcasting History
Suffolk University History
Suffolk University. Law School History
The papers of Professor Emerita Margaret Collins Weitz of the Humanities and Modern Language Departments at Suffolk University relate to her scholarly research in the fields of women’s studies, French women, French culture and history, women in the French Resistance during World War II and human rights. A small amount material details the overlap between her research interests and teaching career at Suffolk University in the Humanities and Modern Languages Departments and at Harvard University. Her collection includes of published articles and books, conference materials, original research for publications and class notebooks.
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Feminism -- France
Human rights -- Congresses
Human rights -- France -- History – Congresses
Human rights -- United States -- History – Congresses
Resistance movements, War
Weitz, Margaret Collins
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
Women -- History -- 20th century
Women -- France -- Bibliography
The papers of Frederick Wilkins, Suffolk University English professor and Eugene O’Neill scholar, document his personal life through family papers, such as birth and marriage certificates; education materials, including report cards and drawings; concert programs; and correspondence with friends and family. Wilkins’ professional activities, including his role in the renewed scholarship of playwright Eugene O’Neill, are reflected in article reprints, book reviews, playbills, Eugene O’Neill Conference materials, posters, correspondence, audio recordings, and photographs.
Drama and theatre studies
Eugene O’Neill Society
O’Neill, Eugene, 1883-1953
Suffolk University. Dept. of English
Theater--United States--History--20th century.
Wilkins, Frederick, 1935-
Harry Hom Dow is a 1929 law school graduate. His personal papers consist of immigration case files from his private law practice and subject files from his work as a community activist. Dow's legal files are closed to research at this time. Finding aid available (pdf)
The Ford Hall Forum Collection documents the history of the nation’s longest running free public lecture series. The Forum has hosted some the most notable figures in the arts, science, politics, and the humanities since its founding in 1908. The collection, which spans from 1908 to 2013, includes of 85 boxes of materials related to the Forum's administration, lectures, fund raising, partnerships, and its radio program, the New American Gazette. The collection is arranged into three series: Lecture, Event, and Program Files; Administrative Records; and Special Materials.
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The following topics, people and places are featured in the collection:
• Boston (Mass.)
• Ford Hall Forum
• Forums (Discussion and debate)
• Civil society -- United States -- History.
• Democracy -- United States -- History.
• Political culture -- United States -- History.
• Political participation -- United States -- History.
• Abzug, Bella S. 1920-1998
• Angelou, Maya
• Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992
• Bernstein, Carl, 1944-
• Brudnoy, David, 1940-2004
• Carmichael, Stokely, 1941-1998
• Carroll, James, 1943-
• Coleman, George W. (George William), 186
• Cox, Archibald, 1912-2004
• Crawford, Mary Caroline
• Dershowitz, Alan M.
• Duke, David Ernest
• Dunn, Nora 1952-
• Fanning, Kay, 1927-2000
• Ferraro, Geraldine
• Ford, Betty, 1918-2011
• Frank, Barney, 1940-
• Friedan, Betty
• Frost, Robert, 1874-1963
• Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1908-2006
• Glover, Danny
• Goodwin, Doris Kearns
• Gore Albert, 1948-
• Gould, Stephen Jay
• Haig, Alexander Meigs, 1924-2010
• Hampton, Henry, 1940-1998
• Heaney, Seamus, 1939-
• Ifill, Gwen
• Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996
• Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-
• King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006
• King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
• Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
• Kozol, Jonathan
• McCullough, David G.
• McGovern, George S. (George Stanley), 1922-
• McLaughlin, John
• Nelson, David Sutherland, 1933-
• Parks, Rosa, 1913-2005
• Patrick, Deval
• Payzant, Thomas W.
• Peikoff, Leonard
• Rand, Ayn
• Schorr, Daniel, 1916-2010
• Seeger, Pete, 1919-
• Steinem, Gloria
• Stone, I. F. (Isidor Feinstein), 1907-1989
• Tsongas, Paul
• Tutu, Desmond
• Walker, Alice, 1944-
• Wertheimer, Linda
• West, Cornel
• Wiesel, Elie, 1928-
• X, Malcolm, 1925-1965
The collection contains 9 boxes of Arthur S. Meyers' research files related to his book, Democracy in the Making: the Open Forum Movement. The book, published in 2012, chronicles the history of the nationwide open forum movement, including the role of the Ford Hall Forum. The collection contains photocopies of letters, articles, and programs related to open forums and the movement’s proponents such as George W. Coleman and Mary Caroline Crawford.
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