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Administrative History:

The Massachusetts Readers Association, or the MRA, is a professional non-profit organization of individuals whose primary purpose is to improve the quality and level of literacy in the state of Massachusetts. The MRA is an affiliate of the International Reading Association, a worldwide literacy organization with a network of 300,000 educators in 99 countries. The MRA promotes literacy for all learners through professional development, research, publications, and advocacy for the literacy community. Some of the ways advocacy is met is through an annual state conference; disseminating best literacy practices to educators and parents; advocating for literacy issues through legislation, and through collaboration with other organizations with similar goals.

The MRA was officially chartered in 1969. The organization consists of a Board of Directors and elected officials. The organization’s main publication, the Massachusetts Primer, is published twice yearly and is aimed at promoting and advocating literacy.

Scope and Content Note:

This is an open collection that will periodically be added to. The collection is broken down into six different series based on subject. Due to being an open collection, the box numbers for each series begin with box 1. As of 2016 there were 12 boxes of records in the collection.



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