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Munro, Melville S.



  • Existence: 1881 -- 1945

Melville S. Munro worked as professor of the Electrical Engineering Department at Tufts College, and as the college's official photographer from 1905 until 1941.

Melville S. Munro (1881-1945), a faculty member for more than three decades, made his most notable contributions to Tufts through his camera's lens. Munro was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, on July 7, 1881. He graduated from Tufts College with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1904. Following graduation, Munro was appointed as an assistant to the electrical engineering department. He became an instructor in the department in 1905 and was made a professor in 1913. During his thirty-seven years on the faculty, Munro worked as the college's official photographer, recording an almost complete pictorial history of campus and student life up until 1941.

Munro retired in 1941 and died at his summer home in Maine on June 1, 1945. His wife, Ruth Harmon, W1903, predeceased him in 1941. Both of their children, Lawrence, E1930, and Ella, J1935, attended Tufts.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Melville S. Munro Papers

Call Number: MS036
Scope and Contents: This collection primarily consists of photographs of Tufts College and students taken by Melville Munro between 1930 and 1945. Munro arranged most images into albums by theme or topic. There are also some albums of clippings and publications on topics of interest to Munro in his teaching, including weather formations and electricity. Many of Munro's photographs have been cataloged separately at the item level.
Dates: bulk 1930 -- 1945, 1858 -- 1959