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Explore Our Holdings

These documents provide an overview of our physical archival holdings. Where noted, the links point to our digitized holdings.

Alumni Newsletters digital collection
The New England College of Optometry alumni newsletter collection contains issues of various Alumni Association publications from 1960 onward.

College Catalogs digital collection
From the very first catalog for the 1895-1896 academic year, the catalogs have included a list of instructors, the school’s mission, programs of study, academic calendar, and tuition fees. Later versions also include requirements for admission, information on school facilities (including labs, clinics, and the library), and course descriptions.

Commencement and Awards Ceremony Programs digital collection
This collection contains programs from annual Commencement ceremonies and various awards ceremonies held throughout the academic year, from 1924 onward.

Corporation and Board of Trustees Minutes
This collection contains meeting minutes and supporting materials documenting The New England College of Optometry Corporation and Board of Trustees. Please note: inspection of this collection is RESTRICTED for 75 years from the date of creation of the minutes, except in cases where access is requested in the normal course of business by College legal counsel, College independent auditors, or College-related regulating or accreditation agencies. In any event, the president, secretary and CFO will have access at all times.

Hyman Kamens Collection
This collection contains the course notes (both as student and professor), personal correspondence and thesis of Dr. Hyman R. Kamens, an optometrist, faculty member, and former dean of the then Massachusetts College of Optometry, now the New England College of Optometry. It also includes information about Dr. Kamens, including dedications, tributes, and scholarship essays.

Master’s Theses digital collection
Theses presented to the graduate faculty of New England College of Optometry in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science, 2005-present.

Photographs
Our collection of photographs, including people, events, buildings, and clinics from 1900 up to the present.

President’s Office Collection
This collection contains files kept by successive presidents of The New England College of Optometry, beginning with F. Dow Smith and ending with Alan Laird Lewis. Please note: inspection of this collection is RESTRICTED for 75 years from the date of creation of the minutes, except in cases where access is requested in the normal course of business by College legal counsel, College independent auditors, or College-related regulating or accreditation agencies. In any event, the president, secretary and CFO will have access at all times.

Publications
Various publications that have been issued by the College throughout its history, including catalogs, handbooks, newsletters, event programs, self-studies, and more.

Public Health Posters digital collection
A repository of posters created by New England College of Optometry OD1 students for the PC12402 Vision Health Care course, 2003-present.

Ralph Green Papers
From 1930 to ca. 1950. This collection contains the notebooks and correspondence of Ralph Green, an optometrist as well as alumnus, faculty member, and dean of the Massachusetts College of Optometry, now the New England College of Optometry.

Richard Baker Collection
From 1928 to 1954. This collection contains the school papers of Richard W. Baker, ‘32, as well as various optometry bulletins and optometry publications that he gathered during his career.

The Scope digital collection
The Scope was a publication written by students from 1929 to 1963. It contained articles related to the field of optometry, news about the College and community, photographs, editorials, alumni news, and advertisements. Occasionally, it served as the yearbook.

Yearbooks
A yearbook has been published annually for students of the New England College of Optometry (formerly known as the Massachusetts School of Optometry and the Massachusetts College of Optometry, respectively) beginning in 1933. Research indicates that yearbooks were not published in 1940, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1991, and 1993. The yearbooks are often titled Reflections, though earlier editions were occasionally academic year-end issues of The Scope. If you have an issue of the yearbook that the archives does not currently own, and you wish to donate your copy, please contact Heather Edmonds.

Special Collections
Housed in the Library’s Soltes Room, the Special Collections include rare books, theses, and other noteworthy monographs pertaining to the study of optometry. If you are seeking a specific title, please search the Library’s online catalog. If you wish to peruse the Special Collections, please contact the Library at library@neco.edu or 617-587-5589.