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James Gould Papers

Call Number: MS243

Scope and Contents

This series contains files kept by James Gould, secretary of the Fletcher class of 1947, on many of his classmates. These files include correspondence, biographical and career information, and newsclippings.


  • Creation: circa 1939 -- 2016


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

James Gould was born on May 14, 1924 in Boulder, Colorado. He graduated with a Master of Arts from the Fletcher School in 1947, and with a Ph.D. in 1955. In between earning these degrees, Gould served for five years as a foreign service officer in Indonesia and Hong Kong. Gould then taught at Claremont Men’s College as an Associate Professor, as well as at Scripps College, where he became Professor Emeritus in 1989.

A decorated veteran of World War II, Gould would become a lifelong pacifist. At Scripps College, he taught several courses in peace studies which had a strong emphasis on women peacemakers. Gould developed a calendar of birthdates and other significant dates relating to these women, which would later become the Women in Peace website, a database of women peacemakers. Gould was acknowledged for this with several honors, including the International Courage of Conscience Award by the Peace Abbey Foundation. Additionally, he was awarded several positions as a lecturer, including acting as a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Munich, a Danforth Faculty Fellow, and a Paul Delp Peace Lecturer at Chapman College.

Gould was elected as the class historian of Fletcher’s Class of 1947 in the late 1990’s. This entailed connecting the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and his classmates, and relaying information to Fletcher alumni publications.

James Gould died March 13, 2021, in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 96.  


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Language of Materials



This collection contains files kept by James Gould, secretary of Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy class of 1947, relating to his classmates.


This collection is arranged in one series: James Gould papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James Gould, 2018, accession number MS-2018-053.

Processing Information

Processing was completed by Leah Edelman in 2018. Materials were placed in archival boxes, and loose materials were placed in folders where needed. Received alphabetical order was maintained. A box-level inventory and series-level description were created as part of the finding aid created at the time of processing.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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