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Upward Bound Records

Call Number: UA172

Scope and Contents

This collection contains applications, memoranda, correspondence, and reports relating to the Upward Bound program.


  • Creation: 1966 -- 1970


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research.

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

Russell Elliott Miller was a Professor of History, University Historian and Archivist of Tufts University, and author of "Light on the Hill, A History of Tufts College from 1852 to 1952" and the second volume "Light on the Hill, A History of Tufts University since 1952." He was born in Bloomington, Minnesota, on April 25, 1916, to one of the last pioneer families in the Minnesota prairie. His mother spoke Dakota Sioux, which she had learned as a child. He received a B.A. in Education in 1937 and an M.A. in political science in 1939, both from the University of Florida at Gainesville. From 1942 to 1946, he served in the Army Air Corps as an enlisted man, rising to the rank of technical sergeant. Initially with personnel and classification, he was finally assigned to the historical section (intelligence) at the headquarters of the troop carrier command. In 1948 he earned a Master of Arts in history from Princeton University and came to Tufts that same year.

In 1952 he received a PhD from Princeton, and in 1964 Tufts appointed him Professor of History and University Historian and archivist. He taught courses ranging from the history of western civilization to the history of the American frontier. In 1966, he published "Light on the Hill, A History of Tufts College from 1852 to 1952." That year he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Tufts Alumni Association and became an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1975 he became the Walter S. Dickson Professor of English and American History and chaired the Department of History from then until 1980. He was voted Emeritus Professor of English and American History in 1981 and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 1983. In 1986, he completed the second volume of Tufts history, "Light on the Hill II, A History of Tufts University since 1952."

Biographical / Historical

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program designed to support first-generation and low-income high school students during their precollege years. The goal of the program is to increase the high school graduation rate and college enrollment rate of participants in the program. In the program, students are taught in the areas of math, science, literature, and foreign languages. They also receive special support in preparing for college entrance exams, and in the process of applying for college. Individual institutions of higher learning, community centers, or non-profits apply for grants to host a program at their organization, often combining a residential summer program with year-round contact with its participants.

In 1965, Tufts applied to sponsor the program on campus during its summer, pulling in high school students from Mississippi as well as from the greater Boston area. It ran for three summers, between 1965 and 1967, in which several high school students from the first cohort matriculated to Tufts. Students attended the program at no cost and were housed on campus for six-weeks. Programming focused on both academic and cultural enrichment. Students took classes which improved their language and mathematics skills; they also went on trips to various museums and attractions around the Boston area.

The program was viewed successfully, both by Tufts administration, and by those who attended it; instructors reported that students strengthened their academic backgrounds and gained a strong desire to apply and attend a good college. However, in 1968, Tufts withdrew its involvement in the program due to an administrative impasse with the local Upward Bound administration. Both groups struggled to communicate with each other leading up to the deadline for the application for the 1968 summer program, resulting in Tufts withdrawing the submitted application in March of the same year, ending funding for the program.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)


This collection is organized into one series.

Custodial History

This collection compiled by Russell Miller.

Processing Information

This material was originally collected by Russell Miller as part of his subject files on Tufts history, and no attempt has been made to rearrange the material.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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