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Sol Gittleman Papers

Call Number: MS232

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Sol Gittleman's 51 year career at Tufts University as faculty member, Provost and Senior Vice President, and University Professor. Gittleman's papers include teaching materials, correspondence, reference materials, publications and speeches, photographs, memorabilia, and digital media.


  • Creation: circa 1966 -- 2015



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 been transferred to Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

Sol Gittleman was born in 1934 in Hoboken, New Jersey. After earning degrees from Drew University (BA, 1955), Columbia University (MA, 1956), and the University of Michigan (PhD, 1961), Gittleman began teaching in the German Department at Tufts University in 1964. In 1966, Gittleman received tenure and was named Chairman of the Departments of German and Russian, and maintained that post until 1981.

Gittleman then served as Provost and Academic Vice President from 1981 through 1985, and Provost and Senior Vice President from 1985 through 2002, teaching continuously during this time. As Provost, Gittleman increased the focus on faculty scholarship and research, and drafted a policy prohibiting sexual relationships between faculty and students.

From 2002 through his retirement in 2015, Gittleman was the Alice and Nathan Gantcher University Professor of Judaic Studies and professor of German, teaching classes ranging from Yiddish literature to German Expressionism to the history of baseball. Gittleman remains involved with University Advancement and the Office of Alumni Relations at Tufts.


1.7 Linear Feet (1 record carton and 1 document box)

1.25 Gigabytes (4 Digital Objects)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the papers of Sol Gittleman, Tufts University faculty member (1964-2015), Provost and Senior Vice President (1985-2002), and University Professor (2002-2015).


This collection is organized in three series by format: Student work, course materials, correspondence, photographs; Digital files; and Awards.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sol Gittleman, 2017, accession number MS-2017-036.

Related Materials

UA002: Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President records

Processing Information

Processing performed by Leah Edelman, March 2017. Materials were placed in archival boxes, and loose materials were placed in folders where needed. Original order was maintained at folder level where discernible. Digital files stabilized and processed by Leah Edelman and Margaret Peachy, March 2017. A box-level inventory and series-level description were created and a finding aid was created. Material relating to Gittleman's tenure as Provost and Senior Vice President removed and added to UA002: Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President Records.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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