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Department of Sociology Records

Call Number: UA125

Scope and Contents

This series contains annual reports, course listings, course files (including the research and course files of Tufts Associate Professor James Ennis), film reels, notes, posters, and syllabi. Sociology and Anthropology course listings include more in-depth course descriptions than those included in the Bulletin. There is also a DVD remembering Sy Bellin, former professor at Tufts.


  • circa 1972 -- 2014



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 Department of Sociology, 2016-2017.


This collection is arranged into two series: 2016 accessions and 2017 accessions.


7.5 Linear Feet

16 Digital Object(s) (16 digital objects containing 225 files. )

Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

The Department of Sociology was officially established in 1945, with Dr. A. Warren Stearns’ appointment as chairman of the new department. To address the problems created by World War II, the Department of Sociology was meant to serve the postwar political atmosphere on a global scale. Its creation, along with the Department of Government in 1946, caused an increase in applications, particularly from veterans. Since its founding, professors in the Department of Sociology have advocated for drug education and warned against underage drinking, among other social problems. Pawan Dhingra became the Chair of the Department of Sociology in 2012. The Department aims to provide students with analytical skills to examine social interactions and developments on a worldwide scale.

Processing Information

Processing of the 2017 accessions was completed by Leah Edelman in 2017-2018. Materials were placed in archival boxes if the original housing was damaged, and loose materials were placed in folders where needed. Received order was maintained. Digital files were virus scanned, bagged through Bagger, and access copies were uploaded to Box. A file-level inventory and series-level description were created and the finding aid was updated at the time of processing.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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