May 25, 2022

Northeastern University Receives $200,000 Mellon Foundation Grant To Launch New Center For Study of Boston (Boston Research Center)

UPDATED Post MAY 2, 2018

Launching the Boston Research Center (by Dan Cohen, Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration at Northeastern, Northeastern University)


From Northeastern University:

Northeastern University has received a $200,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funder of the humanities in the United States, to launch a new center dedicated to the study of Boston, enabling researchers from around the world to shed light on the city’s past, present, and future.


Based in the Northeastern University library, the center will leverage Northeastern’s expertise at the cross-section of data-driven disciplines, including journalism, network science, and the digital humanities, and will draw on unique archival resources and data sets.


Northeastern’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, the university’s center for digital humanities and computational social science, and the Boston Area Research Initiative, a program aimed at spurring advanced research in the Greater Boston area that both advances scholarship and improves public policy, will also be part of the ongoing work of the center.

The solutions developed by the center will have global implications, as 54 percent of the world’s population currently lives in an urban environment.


Northeastern has a growing collection of valuable archives, including the collection of Boston-based resources, such as the complete archives of The Boston Phoenix, the Gay Community News, and the East Boston Community News. Housed in Northeastern’s library system, these resources solidify Northeastern’s position as the primary hub for researching the people, places, and institutions that have shaped Boston into one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

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