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University Advancement Division Records

Call Number: UA043

Scope and Contents

This collection contains administrative and marketing records from the Department of University Advancement. Materials include promotional documents, development and fundraising plans, reports, and publications, as well as audiovisual materials and microfilm. Material in this collection ranges from 1857-2017, with the majority of material dating from 1980-2014.


  • Creation: 1857 -- 2017
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980 -- 2014


Language of Materials



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.

Biographical / Historical

The division of University Advancement oversees fundraising, alumni relations, and donor relations for Tufts University (Tufts University Fact Book 2017-2018). University Advancement has its roots in the mid-1970s expansion of the Resources division, when the division began to focus on managing funds and campaigns. Previously, external relations and fundraising had been overseen by different departments in a more ad hoc manner. By 1976, a Director of Fundraising had been hired under the Vice-President of Resources (Tufts University Fact Book 1976-1977). In 1978, the Development division was created, which oversaw alumni, community, and government relations and included a budget officer (Tufts University Fact Book 1978-1979). The following year, in 1979, the department was renamed University Development and continued to grow with the creation of new positions and reorganizations of department hierarchies (Tufts University Fact Book 1979-1980). In 2003, the division changed its name to University Advancement (Tufts University Fact Book 2003-2004).


18 Linear Feet (11 record cartons, 6 letter size document boxes, 5 half letter size document boxes, 1 legal size document box )

30 Digital Object(s)


This collection documents the Division of University Advancement's fundraising activities. Materials include promotional documents, development and fundraising plans, reports, publications, and audiovisual materials.


This collection is organized in seven series: Administrative records; Communications and marketing materials; Development research; Funded projects; Fundraising materials; Special events records; and Audiovisual materials.; and Born-digital materials.

Custodial History

Collection formerly called "Office of Development"

Processing status

This collection is processed. The Administrative records, Communications and marketing materials, Development research, Funded projects, Fundraising materials, Special events records, and Audiovisual materials records series were processed by Archives and Reference Assistant Allison Maier in Summer 2019 under the supervision of Adrienne Pruitt, Collections Management Archivist. Materials were foldered, labeled, and in some cases rehoused in archival boxes. The subseries-level description, series-level description, and finding aid were updated at the time of processing. The digital materials were processed by Digital Archivist Margaret Peachy in Fall 2019.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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