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Christopher Columbus Community Center Records

 Collection — Container: MS 7113
Call Number: MS 7113

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the Christopher Columbus Community Center’s mission to provide alternative recreational opportunities for youth within the Italian-American community of Boston’s North End. Established in 1972, the Christopher Columbus Community Center sought to maintain a community center that provided a creative environment for youth to explore their interests and potential. It was part of the North End Teen Collaborative, a four-agency organization which worked to strengthen youth programs in the North End. The Center partnered with the North Bennet Street Industrial School for two years, streamlining their programs and resources. Included in the collection are board of governance meeting minutes, grants and contracts,and administrative records.

Dates

  • 1972-1980
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1998

Creator

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Biographical or Historical Information

Established in 1972, the Christopher Columbus Community Center’s mission was to combat growing youth delinquency and increased school drop-out rates within the North End community. Located at 44 Prince Street, Boston, Massachusetts, the facility was owned by the Archdiocese of Boston.

The Christopher Columbus Community Center provided programs in education, creative arts, and physical education, serving youth ages 7 to 18. It ran a homework tutoring program, a GED course for high school drop-outs, and a local theater production company. A joint program with children from Chinatown and South Boston provided weekly events and excursions for North End youth. The Center partnered with the Charles River Creative Arts Program to run a summer theater group. It was also a member of the Teen Center Alliance, which worked to strengthen youth outreach programs in the Boston area.

The Christopher Columbus Community Center was part of the North End Teen Collaborative, a four-agency collaborative effort that was formed after an increase in community violence and vandalism among youth. Established in 1974, the agencies within the collaborative were the Christopher Columbus Community Center, the North Bennet Street Industrial School, the North End Union, and the North End Community Action Program. The North End Community Health Center also provided support.

A partnership between the Christopher Columbus Community Center and the North Bennett Street Industrial School occurred from 1977-1979 which saw an integration of staff, facility usage, and other resources. The Christopher Columbus Community Center closed its doors after the Archdiocese of Boston sold the building.

Extent

0.50 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains records from the Christopher Columbus Community Center (CCCC) from 1972-1980. The CCCC was a non-profit organization located at 44 Prince Street in Boston’s North End. The collection documents the Center’s efforts to combat youth delinquency and increased school drop-out rates by providing educational, creative, and physical services. Records include governance meeting minutes, administrative records, and grants and contracts.

Arrangement Note

Arranged into 5 sections:



Administrative

Governance

Grants

Proposals

Programs

Physical Access Requirements

This collection is housed off-site and requires a 2 business-day advanced notice for retrieval.

Source of Acquisition

Donation

Method of Acquisition

Frank Limoncelli

Related Materials

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Vincent Capone, May 2013.
Title
Christopher Columbus Community Center Records
Date
05/00/2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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