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Phil Primack Papers

Call Number: MS241

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains negatives, photographs, and slides of people and events on campus from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as Primack's ID cards, bills, and notes. This series also contains a tribute to Tufts graduate David Burke and a signed autobiography by Bobbi Gibb.


  • Majority of material found within circa 1960 -- 1979
  • circa 1960 -- 2008


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 not been transferred to Tufts University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Phil Primack, 2018 -- 2019, accessions MS-2018-041 and MS-2019-064.


This collection is arranged in one series.


0.275 Linear Feet

1 Digital Object(s)

Language of Materials



This collection contains material created or collected by Phil Primack, Tufts alumus, including visual materials documenting life on campus during the 1960s and 1970s, memorabilia, and media.

Biographical / Historical

Phil Primack (born 1948) earned his bachelor's degree at Tufts University in 1970, where he also served as the Tufts Observer Editor-in-chief in 1969. He was an Experimental Professor of media law and ethics at Tufts from 2008-2014.

Philip N. Primack was born on May 1, 1948 to Celia (Piltch) Primack and Joe Primack. He graduated from Haverhill High School in 1966 and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University in 1970. Primack was appointed Editor-in-chief of the Tufts Observer in 1969. His tenure there coincided with the November 6, 1969, Tufts student protest, which addressed alleged discriminatory practices conducted by the construction company building Lewis Hall.

Primack worked as a reporter at the Mountain Eagle (Whitesburg, KY) from 1970-1974. He published a book, New England Country Fair!, in 1982, and was a reporter for the North Shore: Sunday newspaper from 1983-1985. He then pursued his master’s degree in public administration at Harvard University, graduating in 1987.

During his career as a journalist Primack covered public policy, politics, and the economy for numerous news outlets, including The New York Times, the Boston Globe, Commonwealth, Boston, and Columbia Journalism Review. He served as a policy aide to former U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II (1997); as a researcher and writer for the New Hampshire Gaming Study Commission (2010); and as a Special Assistant for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (appointed 2015). He has also worked as a consultant for the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Barr Foundation, and Primack Consulting.

In 2008 Primack returned to Tufts to join the faculty as an Experimental College Professor of media law and ethics, where he remained until 2014.

Processing Information

Processing was completed by Leah Edelman in 2018. Materials were placed in archival folders and boxes; received order was maintained. Digital files were stabilized, bagged through Bagger, and ingested to the TDL. A file-level inventory, series-level description, and finding aid were created at the time of processing. Accession MS-2019-064 was processed by Jane Kelly in 2021. Materials were placed in archival folders and boxes; received order was maintained. A file-level inventory was created and series and collection descriptionwere updated at the time of processing.

Repository Details

Part of the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University Repository

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