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Office of the Dean, Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Records

Call Number: UA171

Scope and Contents

This collection includes student records kept by the Office of the Dean for students admitted to and enrolled in the programs of Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (formerly known as the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences), as well as grade sheets submitted to the Office of the Dean. This collection also includes annual reports, program catalogs and handbooks, meeting minutes and agendas, and a scrapbook.


  • 1962 -- 2015


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Biographical / Historical

The Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was first established as the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences in 1980, and it appointed its first dean, Dr. Louis Lasagna, in 1985. Prior to his career at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Lasagna revised the Hippocratic Oath and contributed greatly to the methodology of controlled clinical trials and the understanding of the placebo effect. During his tenure at Tufts, the size of the faculty tripled and the number of students in the School grew from 40 to 250. He also oversaw the formation of the School’s two divisions, the Basic Science Division and Clinical Research Division, in 1999. Dr. Lasagna stepped down from the position in 2001. He was succeeded by biochemistry professor Dr. David Stollar, who served as Interim Dean from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Naomi Rosenberg was then appointed as the Dean in 2004. She first joined the faculty at Tufts Medical School in 1977 and was one of the first faculty at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, where her research focused on the mechanisms of leukemia development. Dr. Rosenberg was the recipient of the National Institute of Health MERIT Award (1983) and the Tufts Zucker Award for Excellence in Research (1994). During her time as Dean, she focused on providing student access to federal training grants, ensuring students had adequate career preparation, and creating a diversity program. Dr. Rosenberg retired in 2017. In December 2019, the name of the School was changed from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences to the Tufts Graduate of Biomedical Sciences due to role of the Sackler family and their company, Purdue Pharma, in the opioid epidemic.


35.3 Linear Feet (25 boxes)

19 Digital Object(s)

1 Volumes

14.3 Megabytes

Language of Materials



This collection is organized into five series: Student records; Grade reports; Catalogs and handbooks; 2017 accessions; and Unprocessed accessions.

Custodial History

Eight boxes were transferred from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Due to an accident en route to the DCA, one box was delivered with papers and folders askew. No files were missing. See collection documentation for incidence description. Loose documents in that box were placed into their proper folders during processing. These folders are: Berg, Allison; Andrews, Helene; Andersen, Jessica.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, 2009-2017.

Processing Information

For pre-2017 accessions, records were rehoused; pertinent original folder information was preserved. Any printed labels that had fallen off, or were beginning to fall off, were stapled on to the folders. In some cases, original labels were lost. However, the folders were labeled, in pencil with student name, underneath the missing printed label. Processing of 2017 accessions was completed by Leah Edelman in 2017. Materials were placed in archival boxes if the orignal housing was damaged, and received order was maintained. Digital objects were stabilized and ingested. A box-level inventory and series-level description were created, and the finding aid was updated at the time of processing.  The catalogs and handbooks series was processed by Margaret Peachy, Digital Archivist, in July 2020, with help from Cassandra Anderson, Archives Assistant.

Processing status

This collection is partially processed.
Under Revision
Language of description
Script of description

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