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The Observer Records

Call Number: UA062

Scope and Contents

The Observer collection contains photographs, negatives, and newspaper clippings from 1969-1988. It also contains research files of the Observer staff such as bulletins, brochures, correspondence, interviews, legal documents (e.g., findings of fact, depositions), memorandum, newsletters, pamphlets, planning documents, and reports. The collection represents the activities of student journalistic research, photography, and publication. The Observer staff organized material by subject headings.

Content Warning

This finding aid contains language that may be offensive or outdated. Because such language is in existing titles or direct transcription of materials, it has not been changed. Keeping this language intact provides the most accurate depiction of the creators’ intent, and can potentially tell us important things about bigotry and bias on the part of the creators, or in a particular historical context. It can also preserve terms formerly applied by a group to self-identify that have since fallen out of common usage. For more information on DCA's content warning policy please visit our website.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1975 -- 1984
  • Creation: 1907 -- 1989


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research.

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.


13.2 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

64 Digital Object(s)


The Observer collection contains photographs, negatives, and newspaper clippings from 1969-1988. The collection documents student journalistic research, photography, and publication.


This collection is organized into four series: Photographs; Article files; Research files; and Negatives.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Phillips, supervised by Susanne Belovari. In the original acquisition, there was a box of miscellaneous publications, which presumably were part of the Observer reference files. When these were duplicates of publications found in other collections, we disposed of them. These included: fundraising publications and pamphlets for the Campaign for Tufts; 2 commencement bulletins; a "Traditions at Tufts" pamphlet; the "Diversity report on women" (1972); an Annual report (1981); a "Section 504 Self-evaluation" (1979).

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Processing Information

In Winter 2020 this finding aid was reviewed for offensive description by Collections Management Archivist Adrienne Pruitt.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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