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Margaret Henderson Floyd Records

Call Number: UA047

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records created and used by Professor Margaret Henderson Floyd during her years at Tufts University. Records include architectural blue prints and drawings, photographs and negatives (with contact sheets) of campus buildings, committee minutes and reports, correspondence, memos and notes relating to her position at Tufts University.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1983 -- 1989
  • Creation: 1982 -- 1998


Language of Materials



This collection contains some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list.

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

Margaret Henderson Floyd (1932-1997) was a professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Tufts University from 1977 until 1997.

Born in New York City, Floyd graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Art History in 1953. She went on to receive a master's degree in Art History from the University of New Mexico in 1957, and earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University in 1974.

At Tufts, Floyd taught courses on architectural history and American art. One of her most popular courses focused on Boston and Cambridge architecture. In 1981, Floyd was appointed to the Campus Planning and Development Committee by Dean Frank Colcord. In 1983, she began work on an architectural inventory of university buildings for the committee. She also served as chair of the Fine Arts Department from 1983 to 1987, when she was involved in establishing Tufts University Art Gallery.

Floyd gave frequent walking tours of Boston, and an annual architectural tour of Newport, R.I. mansions. She was active in local historic preservation projects and involved with the Boston Architectural Center. Her published works include Harvard: An Architectural History (co-authored with Bainbridge Bunting, 1985); Architectural Education and Boston (1989); Architecture after Richardson: Regionalism before Modernism--Longfellow, Alden, and Harlow in Boston and Pittsburgh (1994); and Henry Hobson Richardson: A Genius for Architecture (1997).

Margaret Henderson Floyd died of cancer on October 18, 1997. The Department of Art and Art History established the Margaret Henderson Floyd Memorial Lecture (1999) and the Architectural Studies Prize (2006) in her honor.


1.83 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 5 oversized folders)


This collection is organized in four series: Architectural Inventory Research Files; Architectural Inventory of Tufts Buildings; Subject Files; and Plans and Drawings.

Custodial History

DCA received 1 box of architectural drawings, correspondence, and committee records on 2002-09-20.

Processing Information

Processed by Ashley Solod, Spring 2007.

The collection did not have any apparent original order. After determining series, folders were arranged alphabetically within each series. Orphan items were rehoused in folders and appropriate labels were created; [ ] indicating created title. Newspaper clippings and duplicates were weeded, including a copy of the Walking Tour of Goddard Chapel (located in UA021/001 folder 007). All sticky notes were photocopied and removed. Several tattered folders were replaced.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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