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Albert Henry Imlah Papers

Call Number: MS176

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials by and related to Albert H. Imlah, Tufts University professor of economics. Materials date from 1903 – 2005. The collection has photographs of the Tufts campus, Tufts faculty, and the Imlah family. It also includes a number of books written by Albert H. Imlah and Ann G. Imlah, his daughter. The collection also contains correspondence relating to his research and appointment at Tufts University, as well as personal correspondence with his wife, Helen Woodbridge Imlah.

Additionally, there are a number of subject files. These are largely related to his research into nineteenth century trade in Great Britain. They also include articles and book reviews written by Albert H. Imlah; essays written by Miriam B. Imlah, his second wife; personal information regarding Albert and Miriam Imlah; and research conducted for the American Association of University Professors.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1932 -- 1985
  • Creation: 1903 -- 2005



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. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

James Albert Henry Imlah was born in 1901 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. He attended University of British Columbia where he earned his A.B. and went on to earn his M.A. at Clark University and his Ph.D. at Harvard University. He became an Instructor in History at Tufts University in 1927 after teaching at the University of Maine. In 1929, he attained the rank of Assistant Professor, and in 1935 he was made a full professor, a position he held until 1956. Imlah held the posts of Professor of Diplomatic History at the Fletcher School and Walter S. Dickson Professor of English and American History, 1958-1970. Upon retiring in 1970, he was granted the status of Professor Emeritus. He was an active member of the American Association of University Professors, including as a member of the national council from 1946-1949 and chair of the its Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession from 1948–1958. Imlah died on July 8, 1989.

In his honor, the Albert H. Imlah European History Prize is given for either distinguished work in the History of Western Civilization course or to promote reading in the honors program, or in comparable programs in history. The Albert H. Imlah Excellence in History Prize is awarded to a senior for excellence in history.


2.3 Linear Feet (2 document boxes, 1 record carton, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection was physically kept in received order. Intellectual arrangement was imposed by the archivist at the time of processing. There are five series: 1. Books and photographs, 2. Correspondence, 3. Research and Subject Files, and 4. 2016 accessions, and 5. 2021 accessions.

Custodial History

Accession 2011.054 received via the Office of Alumni Relations. Later accessions received from Ann Imlah Schneider, Albert Imlah's daughter. Ms. Schneider did select which items to send - see accession information (2011.064) for more detailed description.

Processing Information

Some stabilization of fragile paper done at accession; additional stabilization may be needed. Additional processing occurred in June 2017 by Stefana Breitwieser under the supervision of Adrienne Pruitt. Materials in deteriorating folders were rehoused. Original folder titles were kept where possible, and were only derived or augmented by the archivist as necessary. Processing of 2016 accessions was completed by Leah Edelman in 2018. Materials were placed in archival boxes and loose materials were placed in folders where needed. Received order was maintained. A folder-level inventory and series-level description were created and the finding aid was updated at the time of processing. 2021 accessions were processed by Records and Accessioning Archivist, Jane Kelly, in October 2021. Received order was maintained. A file-level inventory was created, and series and collection-level description were updated at the time of processing.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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