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Mary Ellen Welch papers

 Collection
Identifier: M198

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents Mary Ellen Welch's involvement with East Boston planning and activism regarding the Massachusetts Port Authority's Logan International Airport expansion, pollution, and noise. In addition, there are limited materials documenting her participation with the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing and the East Boston Greenway. Materials include correspondence, flyers, newspaper clippings, notes, and reports. Of special interest are the materials on State Representative Mimie Pitaro. Monsignor Mimie Pitaro was an East Boston activist and pastor of the Holy Redeemer Church from 1964-1973 and served as State Representative from 1971-1972. He was a leader in the fight against Logan International Airport's expansion.

Dates

  • 1948, 1966-2012 (bulk 1971-2012)

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Historical Note

Mary Ellen Welch is a community activist and former teacher at Hugh R. O'Donnell Elementary School in East Boston, Massachusetts. Welch currently serves on the board of directors of the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH). NOAH supports East Boston residents and communities with affordable housing strategies, environmental justice, community planning, leadership development, and economic development opportunities. She is also former head of the Friends of the East Boston Greenway and founding member of the group's predecessor the East Boston Greenway Council. In addition, Welch has worked with Airport Impact Relief, the East Boston Neighborhood Council, and the East Boston Area Planning Action Council. Since the 1960s, she has been an advocate for East Boston residents on issues surrounding waterfront development, affordable housing, public schools, and the expansion of the Massachusetts Port Authority's Logan International Airport. Her interests include civil rights, education, environmental issues, open space creation and preservation, social justice, and transportation issues. In 2000, she was awarded the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Merit Award.

Extent

1.35 cubic feet (2 containers, 1 flat file folder)

Overview

Mary Ellen Welch is a community activist and former teacher at Hugh R. O'Donnell Elementary School in East Boston, Massachusetts. Since the 1960s, she has been an advocate for East Boston residents on issues surrounding waterfront development, affordable housing, public schools, and the expansion of Logan International Airport.

Overview

The collection documents Mary Ellen Welch's involvement with East Boston planning and activism regarding the Massachusetts Port Authority's Logan International Airport expansion, pollution, and noise. Materials include correspondence, flyers, newspaper clippings, notes, and reports.

System of Arrangement:

Arranged into one series: Series 1. Subject Files.

Physical Location

37/3, FF5/D6

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Received from Mary Ellen Welch on September 28, 2013.

Bibliography

  • Neighborhood of Affordable Housing. “NOAH - Board of Directors.” Accessed May 22, 2014. http://noahcdc.org/sites/oldsite/about/board.html.
Title
Finding aid for the Mary Ellen Welch Papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by Daniel J. Lavoie II and Kieran McGhee
Date
August 21, 2014, December 17, 2015
Language of description
Description is in English.
Sponsor
The processing of this collection was funded by Nancy Caruso.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US