6 boxes (4 linear feet).
The materials in this collection are arranged in their original order.
This collection includes material from Owens' work on the Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee; legislative research, testimony, and public hearings on various issues related to social services; testimony and legislation related to the Department of Public Welfare; materials documenting Emergency Service Assistance; legislation to help prevent drug abuse by pregnant women; testimony and legislation dealing with the elderly (including materials related to Medicaid, nursing homes, and respite care); and materials related to aid for refugees and immigrants and housing assistance for the homeless. There is also material regarding legislation for lesbian and gay rights. This collection also documents the creation of Roxbury Community College.
Senator William Owens was born in Demopolis, Alabama, July 6, 1937. He received his education at Boston English High School, Boston University, Harvard University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A Democrat, Owens was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1973 to 1974; he was later elected to the Massachusetts Senate from 1975 to 1982 and again from 1989 to 1992. He was the first Senator to serve in the Massachusetts Senate from the newly-formed 2nd Suffolk District of Boston. This district includes parts of the Back Bay, the Fenway, the South End, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. Owens was a member of several legislative committees, serving as Chairman of the Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee and Vice Chairman of the Committees on Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Election Laws. He also served as a member of the Committees on Education, Public Safety, Counties, Banks and Banking, and Federal Financial Assistance. Owens' legislative initiatives included the issues of affordable housing, health care, economic development, education, job creation, public safety, and reinvestment in inner-city neighborhoods. His achievements include the creation of the State Office of Minority Business Assistance, creation of the Summer Youth Jobs Program, securement of the appropriation for construction of Roxbury Community College, and passage of the Assault Weapons Ban.
This collection is open for research during the Special Collections Department's regular hours.
Folder Title, Box Number. Bill Owens Papers. State Library of Massachusetts Special Collections.
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