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Digital Collections and Archives

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 2001-07-01

Digital Collections and Archives is the Tufts University steward for all archival records and materials of significant and historical relevance to the college.

Digital Collections and Archives is the Tufts University steward for all archival records and materials of significant and historical relevance to the college.

The collection began as the University Archives, which were incorporated in 1965 by the Tufts University Board of Trustees (Annual Reports 1965-1988). Previously, the position of archivist was loosely created in 1959 as a means of processing and acquiring important university and student records for preservation. This role was filled by Tufts history professor and historian Russell L. Miller, who also wrote the Tufts University history "Light on the Hill." The archives were considered a department of the University Library (known as Eaton and then Wessell at that time), overseen by the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

The university's archives were first kept in Eaton Library, but moved to the Wessell Library building in 1965. Originals of some records were sent to vaults in Ballou Hall for storage. In 1991, due to budget issues, the university archivist was laid off. When the office was reopened in 1997, it was as the University Archives and Special Collections, also located as a department within the Tisch Library.

In July 2001, Digital Collections and Archives was created when the University Archives was tasked with developing a Tufts Digital Library. The department moved from the College of Arts, Science and Engineering to the Central Administration, directed by the University Provost. The Special Collections department remained under Tisch Library.

DCA is currently physically housed in Tisch Library building.

List of directors:
  • Greg Colati, 1997-2001, Digital Collections Archives and University Archivist; 2001-2004, Digital Collections and Archives Director
  • Anne Sauer, 2005-2014, Interim Director, 2005; Director and University Archivist, 2005-2014,
  • Eliot Wilczek, 2014, Interim Director
  • Dan Santamaria, 2014-present

    Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

    Artifact Collection

     Collection
    Call Number: AC
    Overview: The Artifact Collection is an artificial collection created in 2001, which consists of materials relating to Tufts University and people associated with Tufts University; artifacts from ancient cultures and modern; and manuscripts, prints, and other texts, all dating circa 2150 BCE – 2007 CE. Materials included in this collection are coins; cuneiform tablets and cones; illuminated manuscripts; leaves from early printed books; maps; paintings; prints; sculptures; textiles; and other artifacts.
    Dates: circa 2150 BCE -- 2007 CE

    Boston Streets Collection

     Collection
    Call Number: MS102
    Scope and Contents: This collection contains the digital content collected and created for use in the Boston Streets project. Boston Streets: Mapping Directory data was developed by the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University, with support from a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support was provided by Docema, The Bostonian Society, and other anonymous gifts. The Bostonian Society provided more than 3000 images to the project and was also a major...
    Dates: bulk 1848 -- 1960, 1762 -- 1980

    Digital Collections and Archives Records

     Collection
    Call Number: UA069
    Overview: This collection contains the records of the Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives, including administrative records, collection documentation, grant documents, exhibit materials, and publications.
    Dates: bulk 2001 -- 2012, 1662 -- 2016

    Friends, A Newsletter for the Friends of Tufts Libraries

     Collection
    Call Number: UP161
    Scope and Contents: This collection contains the newsletter from the Friends of Tufts Libraries announcing news, sponsors, calendar of events, and other information. It is published twice a year. Libraries covered by the publication include the Tisch Library, Digital Collections and Archives, Edwin Ginn Library, Hirsh Health Sciences Library, and Webster Veterinary Library.
    Dates: 1999 -- 2016

    Jester Hairston exhibit [1 of 6], 2013

     Part of Collection — Box: 9
    Call Number: UA069.007.009.00001
    Scope and Contents: Exhibit boards and labels created for the exhibit, "Jester Hairston, A29: He and His Talents Prevailed." The exhibit was curated and installed by Tim Walsh, graduate assistant, in August 2013 and taken down by Leah Edelman, graduate assistant, on January 7, 2014. Materials include reproductions of photographs and correspondence from DCA's collections.
    Dates: 2013

    Jester Hairston exhibit [2 of 6], 2013

     Part of Collection — Box: 9
    Call Number: UA069.007.009.00002
    Scope and Contents: Exhibit boards and labels created for the exhibit, "Jester Hairston, A29: He and His Talents Prevailed." The exhibit was curated and installed by Tim Walsh, graduate assistant, in August 2013 and taken down by Leah Edelman, graduate assistant, on January 7, 2014. Materials include reproductions of photographs and correspondence from DCA's collections.
    Dates: 2013

    Jester Hairston exhibit [3 of 6], 2013

     Part of Collection — Box: 9
    Call Number: UA069.007.009.00003
    Scope and Contents: Exhibit boards and labels created for the exhibit, "Jester Hairston, A29: He and His Talents Prevailed." The exhibit was curated and installed by Tim Walsh, graduate assistant, in August 2013 and taken down by Leah Edelman, graduate assistant, on January 7, 2014. Materials include reproductions of photographs and correspondence from DCA's collections.
    Dates: 2013

    Jester Hairston exhibit [4 of 6], 2013

     Part of Collection — Box: 9
    Call Number: UA069.007.009.00004
    Scope and Contents: Exhibit boards and labels created for the exhibit, "Jester Hairston, A29: He and His Talents Prevailed." The exhibit was curated and installed by Tim Walsh, graduate assistant, in August 2013 and taken down by Leah Edelman, graduate assistant, on January 7, 2014. Materials include reproductions of photographs and correspondence from DCA's collections.
    Dates: 2013

    Jester Hairston exhibit [5 of 6], 2013

     Part of Collection — Box: 9
    Call Number: UA069.007.009.00005
    Scope and Contents: Exhibit boards and labels created for the exhibit, "Jester Hairston, A29: He and His Talents Prevailed." The exhibit was curated and installed by Tim Walsh, graduate assistant, in August 2013 and taken down by Leah Edelman, graduate assistant, on January 7, 2014. Materials include reproductions of photographs and correspondence from DCA's collections.
    Dates: 2013

    Jester Hairston exhibit [6 of 6], 2013

     Part of Collection — Box: 9
    Call Number: UA069.007.009.00006
    Scope and Contents: Exhibit boards and labels created for the exhibit, "Jester Hairston, A29: He and His Talents Prevailed." The exhibit was curated and installed by Tim Walsh, graduate assistant, in August 2013 and taken down by Leah Edelman, graduate assistant, on January 7, 2014. Materials include reproductions of photographs and correspondence from DCA's collections.
    Dates: 2013