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Peace and Justice Studies Records

Call Number: UA086

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of the Peace and Justice Studies program at Tufts University. The collection includes materials on curriculum development, professional development, summer institutes, program development, student work, publications, and administrative files. The collection also contains the files of Dale Bryan, former director of the Peace and Justice Studies (PJS) program, including curriculum development, program and event files, board minutes and grant files, and personal writings.


  • 1980 -- 2015



This collection contains some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by Peace and Justice Studies, 2011-2017.


This collection is organized into nine series: Institute in Social Movements and Strategic Nonviolence [The Summer Institute]; Curricula; Professional Development; Co-curricular; Internal Administration; Event Files; Student Work; Publications and Publicity; and 2017 accessions.


26.4 Linear Feet (22 record cartons)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the records of the Peace and Justice Studies program.

Biographical / Historical

Peace and Justice Studies and Communications and Media Studies were established in the Experimental College as satellite programs sometime after 1979. In 1990 the faculty approved independent status for Peace and Justice Studies, and it became a major in the School of Arts and Sciences.

The Peace and Justice Studies Program (PJS) was founded to provide students an academic means to integrate an understanding of the many crises facing the world and to encourage involvement in nonviolent attempts to build a world of peace and justice. Education, particularly higher education, offers a valuable setting for creating peace and justice through study and active involvement in social change processes. PJS is dedicated to working to provide a university-wide forum for the discussion of these issues. PJS sponsors or co-sponsors numerous educational events and community activities to enrich and expand classroom work.

PJS is administered by an Executive Board that includes faculty, staff, and students. This Board sets overall policy, helps shape the curricula and activities of the Program, and often organizes co-curricular events for the entire campus. The goal is to encourage different types of interaction to help create and sustain an engaged learning community.

In 1991 a summer program known as the Institute in Social Movements and Strategic Nonviolence was founded. It is also referred to as the Summer Institute. In 2000, an additional distinction is made between the Peace Institute and the River Institute. Students performed summer internships with the New England Peace Studies Association and Educators for Peace. 2000 marked the tenth anniversary of the Institute in Social Movements and Strategic Nonviolence Program.

Processing Information

Processing of 2017 accessions completed by Liz Francis and Leah Edelman in 2017. Materials were placed in archival boxes and loose materials were placed in folders where needed. Received order was maintained. A box-level inventory and series-level description were created and the finding aid was updated at the time of processing. 

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States