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Resumed Education for Adult Learning (R.E.A.L.) Program Records

Call Number: UA109

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of the Resumed Education for Adult Learning (R.E.A.L.) program, formerly the Continuing Education Program for Urban Women. The collection consists of mailing lists and student contact information; student essays and testimonials; transcripts of interviews with R.E.A.L. students; newspaper clippings; photographs of alumni and events; audiovisual materials such as 35mm slides, VHS tapes, and promotional videos; correspondence; publications; program proposals; and annual reports. The collection also contains a card catalog of professor evaluations written by R.E.A.L. students. This collection documents the history and activities of the R.E.A.L. program, the experiences of R.E.A.L. students, and R.E.A.L. anniversary events.


  • Creation: 1970 -- 2010



This collection contains some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed at the folder level.

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 Resumed Education for Adult Learning (R.E.A.L.) program was established in 1970 by Antonia Chayes, former dean of Jackson College. Originally called the Continuing Education Program for Urban Women, the program was designed for women who had not had the opportunity to attend college or had interrupted their education, primarily inner-city women who had taken on leadership roles in community organizations or had otherwise demonstrated aptitude. In 1976 the program began admitting male students but remained focused on providing academic opportunities to those often barred from elite colleges due to economic class. Bobbie Knable, former dean of students for the School of Arts and Sciences, led the program in its early years. Marian Connors and Jean Herbert also served as directors of the program. In contrast to other continuing education programs at the time, the R.E.A.L. program offered financial aid and enrolled its adult students in the University's regular undergraduate program. The Tufts Educational Day Care Center, established in 1971, was founded soon after the R.E.A.L. Program in order to support its members. Today, the R.E.A.L. program is open to adults at least 25 years old who are seeking a Bachelor's degree.


2.4 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

3 Digital Object(s) (3 digital objects comprising 151 files.)

565.8 Megabytes

Language of Materials



This collection contains the records of the Education for Adult Learning (R.E.A.L.) program, a continuing education program at Tufts University established in 1970. Included are student and alumni records, student interviews and questionnaires, organizational files, videos and photographs relating to reunions and promotions, and records of events from 1970-2010.


This collection is arranged into two series: Program files, 1970 -- 2010 and Audiovisual and photographic materials, circa 1970 -- 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by the REAL program, 2013-2018.

Processing Information

Processing of 2018 accessions was completed by Leah Edelman in 2018. Materials were placed in an archival box; received order was maintained. A series-level description were created and the finding aid was updated at the time of preliminary processing. Further processing was completed by Alexandra Bush, Assistant Archivist, in 2023. A file-level inventory and descriptions were created and resource and series-level descriptions were updated. Born-digital materials were transferred and bagged by Digitial Archivist Sally Benny using Bagger and prepared for ingest to Preservica. Duplicative digital objects were deaccessioned.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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