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Frieda Garcia papers

Identifier: Z15-038

Content Description

Frieda Garcia is a Hispanic activist and community leader in Boston. Garcia moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic at eight years old. After earning a Bachelor’s from The New School of Social Research in 1964, she moved to Boston to find work as a social worker. She found work under Hubie Jones as a mentor at the Roxbury Multi-Service Center. A few years later, in 1969, Jones urged her to become a part of new Hispanic-focused organization forming. Garcia became the first director of La Alianza Hispana, an organization dedicated to the needs of lower income Hispanic families. In 1981 Garcia became the director of United South End Settlements. During her twenty year tenure at United South End Settlements she spearheaded programs centered on housing, literacy and job training. She recognized a need and opened the first open-access computer center in the city of Boston. She retired from United South End Settlements in 2001. Outside of her professional work, Garcia has served on seventy boards for organizations such as The Boston Foundation, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation. The collection documents Frieda Garcia's work with a variety of community organizations in Boston, including United South End Settlements, La Alianza Hispania, and Roxbury Multi-Service Center. Records include correspondence, reports, publications, newsletters, and awards. Also included are materials related to Garcia's board membership at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and the Boston Foundation. The collection is unprocessed. Accessioned 2015 May 29. 97/5-6 Documents scanned from the collection were included in the Boston busing desegregation project. Update the DRS records with the location when processed.

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  • ca. 1967-2013


12.45 cubic feet (12.45 cubic feet in 10 record center cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 1 medium drop-front box, and 1 oversize bag.)