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Russell Carpenter Papers

Call Number: MS041
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the correspondence and collected papers of Russell Carpenter. Over the course of his almost seventy year association with Tufts, Carpenter created and collected photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia from his student days (1920-1924); correspondence, photographs, lantern and 35mm slides, and films of the Class of 1924 from their time at Tufts and eleven reunions (1924-1984); documents relating to his alumni activities outside of the Class of 1924; and any and all things related to Jumbo, the elephant, and P. T. Barnum (1938-1975), along with materials related to campus life during the first three-quarters of the 20th century.

Materials related to his position on the Department of Biology's faculty (1938-1969) include course materials, correspondence with members of the Tufts and scientific communities, conference and committee papers, reviews of biology textbooks, and documents that record his interest in ophthalmology, and his lectures on campus and at the Harvard Medical School. A small amount of personal correspondence, records of interests and scrapbook files are also included in the collection.

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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. Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have/have not been transferred to Tufts University.


This collection is organized into five series: Alumni activities at Tufts, 1926-1984; Barnum Museum curatorship and Jumbo talks; Professional papers; Personal papers; Photographs, audio, and visual materials.

Related Materials

AC, Artifact Collection, DCA

MS002, Phineas Taylor Barnum, papers, DCA

UA039 Classes, DCA

UA050, Self-study reports, DCA

UP004, Tufts Alumni Review, DCA

Creation: Majority of material found within 1929 -- 1991
Creation: 1833 -- 2012
14.88 Linear Feet (10 oversize boxes, 6 letter size document boxes, 3 legal size document boxes, and 1 half letter size document box)
1 Volumes
5 Audiovisual Object(s)
1 Digital Object(s)
Related Names
Carpenter, Russell LeGrand
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