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In 2011, to further our community-engaged mission, UASC began to focus on working with, promoting, and assisting community archives in the greater Boston area through facilitating cross-organization collaboration and access to informational, educational, and practical resources relevant to archival procedures and best practices.

The guiding tenets behind this continuing commitment emerged, in part, from UASC’s multifaceted collaboration with The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA), a local nonprofit organization established to develop and promote the growth, study, and exchange of ideas among people and organizations interested in Irish genealogical and historical research and education. Our collaboration with TIARA formally began in 2011, driven by a unique collection, the records of the Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters (MCOF).


This article appeared in the September/October 2014 issue of Archival Outlook, published by the Society of American Archivists. For the full issue, visit

Article based on a poster presentation at ARCHIVESRECORDS: Ensuring Access, the joint annual meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and the Society of American Archivists (Washington D.C., August 10-16, 2014). View the poster:

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series.


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