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Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President Records

Call Number: UA002

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of the Provosts of the University as well as files kept by the Office of the Provost that pre-date its existence, including subject files and correspondence from various Provosts, departmental reports to the Provost, and bylaws of Tufts' schools and the Board of Trustees. This collection also contains faculy records, including appointment records, tenure information, and curriculum vitae; information about degree requirements voted on by the Board of Trustees; annual summary reports submitted by the Provost to the University President as well as reports submitted by Deans, Chairs, and ad hoc committees to the Provost; general reports created both within the university and by external consultants rearding long-range planning and feasibility studies; and student films created for the My Tufts Story video contest.

For reports issued by the Office of the Provost to the President, see "Annual Reports." For reports issued by departments to the Office of the Provost, see "Department Records." For reports issued by committees within Tufts to the Office of the Provost, see "Committee files and annual reports."


  • 1918 -- 2021



This collection contains some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list.This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

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 the Office of the Provost, 1998 -- 2021.


This collection is organized in fifteen series: Subject files 1940-1988; Subject files 1946-2013; Department files; Correspondence; General reports; Annual reports; Degrees voted; Faculty records; Committee files and annual reports; Bylaws; Sol Gittleman files; 2016-2018 accessions; David Harris files; Unprocessed accessions; and My Tufts Story video contest.

Subject files, department files and faculty records are arranged alphabetically. Correspondence, general reports, annual reports, degrees voted, committee files and annual reports, and My Tufts Story videos are arranged chronologically. Bylaws are in original order that is neither alphabetical nor chronological. Accessions are in chronological order by accession date.

Related Materials

University Microfilm Collection, 1878 -- 1985. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Sol Gittleman Papers, 1966 -- 2015. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.


128.1 Linear Feet (104 boxes)

1 artifact

64 Digital Object(s)

1 web_sites

Language of Materials



This collection contains the records of the Provosts of the University as well as files kept by the Office of the Provost that pre-date its existence.

Biographical / Historical

The Office of the Provost was created in 1951 after the retirement of George S. Miller from his posts of Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Tufts College.

After Miller's retirement, Tufts President Leonard Carmichael decided to further divide up the responsibilities of the administration to coincide with the expansion of the college. The position of provost was created to assume the academic administrative duties covered by Miller when he was Vice President. The new provost was expected to oversee the academic affairs of the institution, especially faculty appointments and curriculum problems. The provost also serves as chair of the Academic Council.

In 1953, after original provost John P. Tilton was elected Senior Vice President, the position was renamed Senior Vice President and Provost. The change in the title added control over not only the academic and financial affairs of the university, but also made the provost the immediate assistant to and stand in for the president.

Tilton, the first provost, served from 1951 until his untimely death in 1959. A month later, Leonard Mead was named to the post, and served until 1965. Mead was succeeded by Albert Ullman, who held the position until 1973. After Ullman's retirement, Tufts named Kathyrn McCarthy to the position, making her the first female provost. McCarthy resigned in 1979, citing differences with the administration on the direction of the university. After her resignation, the university conducted a nationwide search for a replacement, and in 1981 hired Tufts professor Sol Gittleman, at the time the chair of the Department of German and Russian Languages. After serving in the position for over 21 years - a tenure believed to be the longest in American higher education at the time - Gittleman stepped down from this post in 2002. He continues to teach and pursue research at Tufts as University Professor.

Jamshed Bharucha was appointed Provost and Senior Vice President of Tufts University in August of 2002. As of summer 2006, Provost Bharucha has been active with starting the Summer Scholars program, the Provost's Fellows program and the Graduate Competitiveness Initiative and in increasing faculty recruitment and development, successfully bringing accomplished scholars and leaders as new Deans to Tufts.

Separated Materials

Personal files of Sol Gittleman removed to form MS232 Sol Gittleman Papers.

Processing status

This collection is partially processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University Repository

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