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Richard M. Freeland papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Z09-031

Content Description

The collection consists of personal and family papers of Richard M. Freeland, the sixth president of Northeastern University (1996-2006). Included are personal correspondence, financial records, yearbooks, and professional material from Freeland's time as an administrator at University of Massachusetts, Boston and the City University of New York. Also included are photographs and scrapbooks of several of Freeland's family members. The collection is unprocessed. Richard M. Freeland served as the sixth president of Northeastern University from 1996-2006. Born and raised in Mountain Lakes, N.J., Freeland received a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Amherst College in 1963 and a doctorate in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. As assistant to the president of the University of Massachusetts in 1970, he focused on the development of a new campus in Boston. For the next 22 years, Freeland was associated with University of Massachusetts, Boston, serving consecutively as assistant to the chancellor, director of the Office of Educational Planning, founding dean of the College of Professional Studies, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1992, Freeland became vice chancellor for academic affairs at the City University of New York, before moving to Northeastern University in 1996. Under Freeland's leadership, Northeastern focused on achieving excellence as a national research university that is student-centered, practice-oriented, and urban. President Freeland emphasized Northeastern's leadership in practice-oriented education by enhancing the university's flagship program of cooperative education and strengthening links between co-op and classroom in both professional fields and the arts and sciences. As of 2014, Freeland is a lecturer in History at Northeastern. Accessioned 2009 Jan 14. This collection can be quickly processed because the donor put it in order. Should be rehoused in archival boxes. 56/1, 57/2-3

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

Boxes 1-98, 101 are open with permission of Richard Freeland until his death, at which time they are fully open. Boxes 99-100 are restricted until 1 Jan 2050.

Use Restrictions

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.


  • Creation: ca. 1959-2001


35.35 cubic feet (35.35 cubic feet in 101 manuscript boxes.)