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Hortense Clapp Pollard Papers

Call Number: MS237

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Pollard's student records, Tufts memorabilia, publications, and Pollard's diploma from Jackson College. Student records include course registration and admissions material, syllabi, grade sheets, and tuition material. Tufts memorabilia includes souvenirs from dances and other events, school songs, a Freshman Rules poster, and materials from Pollard's 1932 graduation and 1957 reunion. Publications include issues of the Tufts Weekly, the Medford High School Mustang, Alumnae Bulletins, and other material.


  • Creation: circa 1928 -- 1967



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. Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have been transferred to Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

Hortense Pollard (1908-2002) was a 1932 Jackson College graduate.

Born to Alvin Winthrop Clapp and Mabel Delphine (Williams) Clapp in Northampton, Massachusetts, on August 11, 1908, Hortense (Clapp) Pollard studied at Hawley Elementary School and Northhampton High School before entering Jackson College. She received a BS in English (cum laude) from Jackson College in 1932 and an MA from Radcliffe College in 1935.

Ms. Pollard was a member of several institutions, including the First Churches of Northampton; the South Side Club, where she served as president; and the Betty Allen Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Northampton Historical Society awarded Pollard a Preservation Award of Merit in 2000 for renovations that she did to her childhood home.

Pollard wed Ralph Augustus Pollard, her sister’s widower, on April 26, 1969. She died in Northampton on August 7, 2002


.7 Linear Feet (1 document box, 1 oversize flat file)

Language of Materials



This collection contains Tufts memorabilia, publications, and student records compiled by Hortense Clapp Pollard (J1932).


This collection is arranged in received order.

Custodial History

In 2003, Pollard left her house and the family papers within to Historic Northampton. In 2015, Historic Northampton contacted DCA with an offer to donate Pollard's Tufts-related papers. Dan Santamaria, Director, received the papers on 2016-08-18.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Historic Northampton, 2016, accession UA-2017-021.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Leah Edelman and Stefana Breitweiser in 2017. Materials were placed in archival boxes and loose materials were placed in folders. Received order was maintained. Publications held in other collections at DCA (including the Tufts Weekly, the Tuftonian, Tufts Bulletins, and a Tufts yearbook) were removed to those collections. A box-level inventory, series-level description, and finding aid were created 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