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Office of Community Relations Records
Scope and Contents
- Majority of material found within 1970 -- 2016
- 1921 -- 2018
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
20.28 Linear Feet (18 record cartons, 3 letter size document boxes, 1 12" LP box, and 2 oversize folders)
Biographical / Historical
The reorganization of the Development administration arose under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Murnane, appointed in 1979 to the position of Vice President of University Development. In 1979, Murnane made a point of expanding and restructuring every area of the University Development Division, such that 66% of Development staff started that year. Murnane had been appointed to fulfill the long-term goals of improving relations with the local Medford and Somerville community, as well as increasing capital raised for the university. Relations had been rocky with the communities since the 1960’s, due to an expansion in Tufts’ enrollment that resulted in a wealthier, more selective student body. Additionally, over-enrollment with the class of 1981 resulted in a university deficit, creating a need for capital to be raised.
During its formative years, the Office of Community Relations made an effort to improve access to Tufts resources for the Medford and Somerville Community. Starting in 1977, Tufts participated in the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act, which provided summer employment to local Somerville and Medford high school students. In the early 1980’s, Tufts also began a program for Medford and Somerville public high school teachers and students to take classes at Tufts; students could audit classes for high school credit for no cost, and teachers could take summer classes at a half-tuition discount.
The department also volunteered Tufts University in 2004 as a partnering agency with the Medford Public Schools in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program. Though Tufts assumed no financial liability in the signing, it pledged to use grant money to provide its resources to the Medford community. Per this agreement, Tufts recruited students to staff various programs, operated after school sites for the Tufts Literary Corps, and provided the Kids to College program to Medford sixth graders.
Folder-level inventorying of the collection was completed by Archives Assistant Diana Hernandez under the supervision of Collections Management Archivist Adrienne Pruitt in February 2020.
- Under Revision