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Keefe Library Archives Awarded Roving Archivist Grant


September 2016

The Boston Latin School Archives and Special Collections in the Harry V. Keefe ’39 Library was awarded a grant by the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (MA SHRAB) for participation in its Roving Archivist Program.


The application for a Strategic Assessment of the Archives was approved on June 10, 2016.  The grant focused on strengthening the management and preservation of the Archives and developing a comprehensive digitization program for the Boston Latin School collections.


Rachel Onuf, the Roving Archivist for Massachusetts conducted a one-day site visit to Boston Latin School on August 30, 2016.  The visit included an in-depth review of the Boston Latin School Archives and Special Collections as well as discussions concerning expansion of the school’s digital archives.  A written report and recommendations will be provided in support of ongoing planning for the collections.


The Boston Latin School Archives and Special Collections was established in 2003 and contains historical records of the school dating to the early 1800s, including yearbooks and other student publications, photographs, programs and school memorabilia.  The BLS Digital Archives program was launched in early 2016, through the auspices of the Digital Commonwealth program.  In Phase I of the program 74 years of yearbooks, and selected Registers and Catalogues were digitized and are now available online (https://archive.org/details/bostonlatinschool). 


For more information on this project, contact Valerie Uber, Boston Latin School Archives, at vuber@bostonpublicschools.org.


The grant award was made possible through the Massachusetts State Historic Records Advisory Board (MA SHRAB) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant program.




Posted on September 21, 2016