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Martin Neal Gopen papers

Identifier: M133


Martin Neal Gopen was born August 13, 1934 and died on June 18, 2006, spending the majority of his life in the South End of Boston, MA. During that time he worked as a political activist and advocate for underserved communities. He attended Northeastern University (1950-1952), but earned his undergraduate (1955-1960) and graduate (1960-1961) degrees from Boston University. He served in the US Army from 1951-1953 when he was honorably discharged. He was involved in numerous social justice organization boards that served minorities and women, including the Tent City Corporation and the Institute of Affirmative Action. He also worked with South End community organizations, including United South End Settlements; Urban League; as campaign manager for Mel King; and with the Boston Fair Housing Commission, the Boston Housing Authority, and the Massachusetts Port Authority. He was awarded the 1988 Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Award at the 3rd annual Rainbow Leadership banquet, the 1990 Saco-Vanzetti Award from the Community Church of Boston, and the 1991 Action for Boston Community Development South End Neighborhood Service Center (South End Neighborhood Action Program) Award.


  • Creation: 1933-1994
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1969-1989


Language of Materials

The material is entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

Case files located in box 16 are restricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

To the extent that she owns the copyright, the donor has assigned the copyright to these materials to the Archives; however, copyright in some items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. Consult the Archivist for details.


13.85 cubic feet (16 containers)

System of Arrangement:

Organized alphabetically into two series: 1. Personal, and 2. Professional

Physical Location

37/3, 57/1

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The collection was donated to the Archives by Janice Gopen Weiss and Family on July 31, 2006.


Finding aid for the Martin Neal Gopen Papers
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Marshak; updated by Dominique Medal
August 2007, September 2014
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US