Tufts University

Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives has shared materials from nineteen research collections pertinent to Project Stand, including:

Activities and Organizations records, 1857-2014- This collection was created by Russell Miller in the process of preparing his history of Tufts University, “Light on the Hill.” This collection contains correspondence, directories, photographs, newspaper clippings, publications, minutes, budget documents, and membership lists of various Tufts student organizations.

Africana Center Records- Founded in 1969, the Africana Center was developed in recognition of the realities of the needs and concerns of the students of African descent on a predominately white campus. This collection consists of records from the Africana Center. It contains artifacts; photographs; publications; and subject files collected and created by the Africana Center from 1969 to 2012. Materials within the subject files date from 1939-2011. The majority of the collection dates from 1970 – 2005. The material was created or used in the day to day functions of the Africana Center and mainly consists of paper records in the form of subject files.

Asian American Center Records- The Asian American Center, one of the six official identity centers at Tufts, supports Tufts Asian/Asian American communities and seeks to create a positive environment for their academic and personal development. This collection contains Asian American Center brochures, correspondence, clippings, photographs, posters, publications, and peer leader programs. In addition, there are web crawls documenting its web presence.

Gerald R. Gill Papers- Gerald R. Gill was a professor of American history at Tufts University from 1980 until his death in 2007. His research interests included African-American history, the history of the civil rights movement, pacifism, and the black student experience at Tufts. His papers document his teaching, research, university service, and scholarly activities, and include correspondence, subject files, teaching materials, and writings. There are also biographical materials, audiovisual materials, and photographs.

History 193: Tufts in American History Student Papers- This collection contains final papers and presentations of students enrolled in HIS193: Tufts in American History. Students in the course used the Digital Collections and Archives as a laboratory for researching and writing on topics related to campus life at Tufts from the 19th to 21st centuries century.

International Center Records- Since the 1950s, the International Center has facilitated college-wide intercultural exchange. The Center staff works to raise intercultural awareness, to increase the knowledge of immigration laws affecting the Tufts international community, and to advocate a campus climate that respects cultural differences. This collection contains records generated by the Tufts University International Center including correspondence, brochures, annual reports, and statistics.

Jackson College for Women Records- Jackson College was founded in 1910 as a coordinate college to Tufts. An alternative to both women’s colleges and fully coeducational schools, coordinate colleges provided women with a separate, and supposedly equal, education at a women’s college that existed in conjunction with a men’s school. This collection is sharply focused on student activities specific to Jackson College including records of the student government and social groups and activities.

Latinx Center Records- The Latinx Center was founded in 1993 as the Hispanic American Center to provide emotional and structural support to the Latinx, Caribbean, and Latin American students at Tufts. This collection contains materials documenting people and events related to the Latinx Center, including crawls of the Latinx Center website, photographs, scrapbooks, newsletters and clippings, administrative material, and video recordings.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center Records- The collection is composed of office records, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, slides, event posters, publications, reports, web crawls, digital media, and promotional materials, including buttons, magnets, pins, stickers, t-shirts, a blanket, and graduation tassels, related to the history and activities of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center at Tufts University. The bulk of the material dates from 1989 to 2007. The materials reflect the organization’s efforts to promote LGBT rights, to raise awareness about issues facing this community, and to provide a safe space for LGBT people at Tufts. Photographs in the collection are restricted for 75 years to protect the privacy of individuals depicted in the photos.

Metcalf Hall Protest Posters and Resident Life Records- This collection contains protest posters addressing a variety of topics such as the Vietnam War, nuclear weapons, capitalism, and workers’ rights; three checkout binders for residence halls at Tufts University; and a silkscreen for an original student musical that was found with the posters.

Office of Student Activities Records- This collection contains student handbooks on planning events, materials related to student activities from the 1940s-1960s.

Students Against Transphobia Records- Students Against Transphobia is a student group formed in response to transphobic comments made by Keith Ablow, then an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Tufts School of Medicine. The collection documents the response to this incident.

Student Body Collection- The “Student Body” collection was created by Russell Miller, possibly while preparing “Light on the Hill,” his history of Tufts College. The collection contains information about the student body, activism, alcohol, drugs, and foreign students on campus. Materials include newspaper clippings, pictures, correspondence, reports, statistics, and academic and student papers.

Tufts Collective for Men Against Violence Records- Tufts Collective for Men Against Violence (TCMAV) was a student-run organization operating from spring 1997 through spring 2002. Up until spring 2001, the organization was called Tufts Men Against Violence. The group published six newsletters, held regular meetings, and participated in several events on campus, including the White Ribbon Campaign, an effort aimed at educating men and boys to end violence against women.

Tufts Dining Action Coalition Records- This collection contains records of the Tufts Dining Action Coalition (TDAC) and includes buttons, fliers, news articles, notes, and an organizing notebook. The records date from 2018 to 2019. Tufts Dining Action Coalition is a student organization founded in response to Tufts dining workers’ efforts to unionize. Tufts Dining Action Coalition supported the dining workers by organizing events in support of unionization and contract negotiation efforts and educating other Tufts students about the dining workers’ campaign.

Tufts Food Rescue Collaborative Records- This collection contains administrative records including the group constitution, minutes, and logo; infographics and data about food collection; photographs; and related newspaper articles.

Tufts Hillel Records- This collection contains event and program flyers, physical photographs of Hillel events and programs, publications, media, and digital photographs and video recordings of events sponsored or attended by Tufts Hillel. This collection also contains subject and office files created or collected by Rabbi Summit during the course of his work as Jewish Chaplain and Director of Tufts Hillel, including administrative material, information on Judaic Studies courses, program reports and grant records, correspondence, and material related to the Granoff Family Hillel Center.

Tufts Student Activism Collection- This collection consists of materials documenting Tufts student activism, including fliers, stickers, and photographs, on topics including climate activism, sex crimes, and Antisemitism. Additionally, it contains web crawls completed by DCA staff to capture the web presence for activist groups on campus.

Women’s Center Records- This collection contains the records of the Tufts University Women’s Center, including correspondence, office files, log books, newsletters, and slides and photographs. There are also programming materials, presentations, event posters, and videotapes of events and speakers at the Women’s Center, as well as the web crawls documenting the Women’s Center’s presence on the web. The collection also contains non-Tufts publications concerning the women’s movement and women’s issues more generally.

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