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Lost Theatres of Somerville Papers

Call Number: MS124

Scope and Contents

This collection contains oral history tapes and transcripts from David Guss's Lost Theatres of Somerville project, documenting the history of movie theaters in Somerville, MA, as well as oversize maps, and CDs, floppy disks, mini-tapes, and DAT tapes. The collection is based on a year-long exhibition curated by David Guss, a Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, and hosted by the Somerville Museum from March 2003-April 2004 entitled "Lost Theatres of Somerville." This collection, like the exhibit, documents the history of Somerville's fourteen movie theatres and the role of these cultural institutions in defining a sense of place and neighborhood.


  • 2002 -- 2003


Language of Materials



This collection is in received order.

Related Materials


3.6 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

1 Digital Object(s)

Biographical / Historical

David Guss is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Tufts University. His areas of expertise include urban and aesthetic anthropology; placemaking; theory; cultural performance; myth and ritual; popular culture; and Latin America. Guss received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles


Guss curated the exhibit "Lost Theaters of Somerville." A Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, Guss has compiled what is perhaps the largest collection of the neighborhood movie-going experience in the United States.

Processing status

This collection is minimally processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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