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School of Dental Medicine Records

Call Number: UA020

Scope and Contents

This collection includes artifacts, brochures, correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, videos, student papers and theses, and subject files. Significant topics addressed in this collection include the history of the Tufts School of Dental Medicine, as well as the activities of its administrative officials, faculty members, and students.


  • 1868 -- 2020



This collection is open for research. 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.


This collection is organized into six series: Subject files; Minutes; Photographs, artifacts, and videos; Student theses, dissertations, papers; additional accessions; and 2020 accessions.


32.32 Linear Feet (31 boxes and 5 oversize folders.)

23 Volumes

44 Digital Object(s)

Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine was established in 1868 as Boston Dental College. It was incorporated into Tufts College in 1899. Although founded as a school to educate students from New England, today Tufts is renowned throughout the United States and the world as a center for academic and clinical excellence. Tufts boasts over 6,900 alumni composed of individuals from all fifty states and thirty-nine countries. The majority of the alumni outside of the USA have completed an Advanced Education Certificate program. Students receive a comprehensive education emphasizing the importance of didactic coursework, clinical experience, and practice management that prepares them to enter the work force as confident, proficient clinicians.

Custodial History

Originally the collection contained material gathered by Russell Miller in preparation for writing his two volume history of Tufts, Light on the Hill. It includes subject files from or about the Dental School, Senior Dental Essays (Peridontia Papers) and Junior Dental Essays (Operative Dental Essays). This material was arranged by subject and no attempt has been made to recreate original order. Material relating to administering the collection was removed to the documentation files of the collection in the archives.

New additions were made recently.

Processing status

This collection is partially processed.

Processing Information

2020 accessions were processed by Records and Accessioning Archivist Jane Kelly. 2022 class photo accessions were processed by Maddie Tennant under the supervision of Collections Management Archivist Adrienne Pruitt and Digital Collections Project Manager Sari Mauro. Items were unframed where safe and practical to do so, and were housed in archival boxes.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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