This collection contains research notes and materials compiled and used by Charles Trantanella to write "Brown and Blue and Greek: A history of fraternities, sororities, and early student organizations at Tufts University." Material includes handwritten and typed notes as well as photocopied archival material and photographs, and is largely arranged by Greek organization and year, beginning in the 1850s and dating through 2015. Original folder titles were maintained. The collection also contains a copy of the published book, as well as reference copies made from archival material related to Tufts fraternal organizations at other institutions, such as the American Jewish Historical Society and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Biographical / Historical
Charles Joseph Trantanella (1967- ) earned his bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering at Tufts University in 1989. He is the author of Brown and Blue and Greek: A history of fraternities, sororities, and early student organizations at Tufts University (2017).
Charles Joseph Trantanella was born in Massachussetts in 1967 to Sheilagh Trantanella and the late Charles Trantanella, Jr. He attended Tufts University, where he was a part of the Sigma Nu fraternity as well as the Men’s Cross-Country team, and where he met his wife, Valerie Ruth Hodgkin. After graduating Tufts in 1989, he received a M.S. and PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Arizona.
In August 2010, Trantanella started writing a book that would look at the history of the fifty-five fraternity and sorority organizations that have existed at Tufts University since the school’s founding. He was inspired by newly digitized school records, specifically old photographs, on the Tufts website. Trantanella wanted to focus on student life, an area he felt was neglected in existing histories of Tufts. For his book, he interviewed over 150 Tufts alumni and professors, spoke to 50 other national organizations, and did archival research in Digital Collections and Archives at Tufts University. Brown and Blue and Greek: A history of fraternities, sororities, and early student organizations at Tufts University was published in August 2017.
Trantanella lives in Westford, MA with his wife and two children. He is an electrical engineer in Chelmsford, MA.