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Nuclear Age History and Humanities Center Records

Call Number: UA027

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, proposals, drafts, Dr. Martin Sherwin's personal correspondence and research notes relating to the founding of the NAHHC, and various programs the center organized and participated in. The bulk of the material in the collection is from 1986 - 1992. Documentation relating to the GCP includes transcripts, course outlines, slides, photographs, and video tapes, as well as records from student trips to Moscow and the US from 1988 to 1992, and a video tape of the Moscow student trip in 1988.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1986 -- 1992
  • Creation: 1970 -- 1993


Language of Materials

The bulk of the documents are in English; some are in Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.


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 Nuclear Age History and Humanities Center (NAHHC) was established at Tufts University in October 1986. It was the first academic center in the nation dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the nuclear era. It sponsored research projects and offered programs discussing nuclear conflicts and their peaceful resolutions leading to nuclear disarmament. The NAHHC also helped organize different University Presidents Conferences. At these conferences international university presidents discussed nuclear issues. NAHHC is best known for its Global Classroom Project (GCP), also called the "Space Bridge" or "Tufts - Moscow Space Bridge." GCP was a course jointly taught between Moscow State University, and Tufts University via television and satellite technology. From 1988 to 1992, NAHHC produced eleven GCPs that allowed direct, frank discussions between students and Russian and American panelists from various national and international institutions. Martin Sherwin, founding director of the NAHHC, established the GCP in 1987. A professor of History at Tufts, Sherwin and Evgeny P. Velikhov of the USSR Academy of Science, jointly taught the course, offered regularly at both universities, using one syllabus and meeting four times a semester via satellite. The NAHHC received national and international acclaim for its innovative curriculum.


7.2 Linear Feet (6 boxes)


This collection is organized in seven series: NAHHC Subject Files (R); Global Classroom Project Publicity Files (B); Martin Sherwin Subject Files (W); Fundraising Subject Files (G); Moscow Travel (Y); Daily Logs; and Unprocessed accessions.

Custodial History

DCA received the bulk of these records in December 2006. A small portion were subsequently transferred to DCA in 2007.

Processing Information

Folder titles in brackets indicate titles created by archivist. Originally, most folders were filed according to a color coded system. While maintaining the original order, the color tabs are indicated in parenthesis after original folder titles: (R)=red, (B)=Blue, (W)=White, (G)=Green, and (Y)=yellow. Loose material was rehoused. Rehoused material as well as folders not filed according to the original color coding system were interfiled into each series. Interfiled folders do not have color codes in parenthesis. Duplicate documents and Tufts publications were weeded. Thermal fax paper was photocopied and weeded. All VHS tapes and a box of slides from GCP #11 are stored separately but remain intellectually in their particular series. Surrogate folders function as place holders. Processed by Holly Smith, 2007, supervised by Susanne Belovari.

Processing status

This collection is partially processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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