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Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Economic Development collection

Identifier: MC -196

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of reports and revitalization plans created for Fall River, New Bedford, and, to a lesser extent, other towns in Southeastern Massachusetts. While it was once a current reference collection on this topic, it is now an historical snapshot of revitalization plans during the 1970s and 1980s. There is a card index file listing contents of the collection. The remainder of the collection was cataloged and moved to the general collection. Phone books and directories were discarded.


  • 1940 - 1987
  • Majority of material found within 1972 - 1985


Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted. Publications are public documents.

Biographical / Historical

The Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Economic Development collection grew out of a project proposed in 1983 by Professor Toby Huff in response to a Regional Economic Development conference held at SMU on January 20, 1983. At that conference, Governor Michael Dukakis gave a speech outlining the current state of economic development in Southeastern Massachusetts, and the educational role SMU could play in the region’s revitalization. One initiative was to create a center for public policy analysis; and on December 15, 1983 the Center for Policy Analysis (CFPA) was founded, with Toby Huff as the Center’s first Director. The Center later became the Center for Policy Analysis, which is currently the Public Policy Center (see also URC 90), a unit within the College of Arts and Sciences. The second goal of the project was to enhance the education and training of workers in the region through computer literacy, high technology, and education, which led to the development of new and interdisciplinary programs at SMU, including the program in Crime and Justice Studies, Public Administration, and computer science. The library component of this project, in addition to adding to the resources held in business, led to the creation of a collection of reports and other current literature on economic development and jobs in the region. Alfred Kagan served as the Economic Development Bibliographer and was responsible for creating this collection, referred to as the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Economic Development collection, which was housed from 1983 to 1996 in the library’s reference area. According to the Business library liaison, after 1985 the collection was no longer being updated.


3.3 Linear Feet (8 manuscript boxes, one card box, one flat file box)

Language of Materials


Processing Information

Processed by Judy Farrar and Mitchell Stevens, November 2016. Updated by Karen Stubblefield January 2017.

Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Economic Development collection
Mitchell Stevens, Judy Farrar, Karen Stubblefield
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Revised January 2017 and December 2018. Additions incorporated July 2022.

Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA