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Boston School Desegregation / Boston Busing Crisis

The events around the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools in the 1970s are a significant part of the history and culture of Boston.  While the roots of the issue stretched back to the 1960s and 1950s, problems of inequalities in education in Boston came to light with the U.S. District Court decision in the case of Morgan v Hennigan (379 F.Supp 410).  This led to a well-known chain of events, ending with oversight of the Boston Public Schools passing into the hands of W. Arthur Garrity, the judge in the case, until the 1980s.  The following is not exhaustive, but represents materials held by the Boston Public Library and some materials available from databases.

Books – Popular Literature

Books – Scholarly Work and Dissertations

Government Information and Related Materials

Other Materials

  • The City of Boston Archives has extensive holdings of materials relating to desegregation.
  • The ERIC database of the United States Department of Education holds many items relating to desegregation in Boston.
  • The Microtext Department holds a 2 reel collection of articles from the Boston Globe entitled Boston Busing, 1969-1975.  These are arranged chronologically.  The call number is LC214.53.B67B38x.

Compiled by John J. Devine of the Government Information Department with the assistance of the entire staff of the Government Information Department and Michael D’Ortenzio, Jr.