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Tufts Archival Research Center Records

Call Number: UA069

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the office records of the Tufts Archival Research Center (formerly Digital Collections and Archives). The records document the administration and activities of the department and its projects, including the “Fedora and the Preservation of University Records” project and the Tufts Accessioning Program for Electronic Records (TAPER). Included are annual reports, accession logs, description and policy documents, correspondence, publication material by and about DCA, administrative planning documents, and material relating to grants and grant-funded projects. The majority of digital objects in this collection are materials digitized by DCA. The bulk of the material dates from 2001-2012.


  • Majority of material found within 2001 -- 2012
  • 1662 -- 2016



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. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by DCA, 2008-2018. 2018 accession: UA-2018-061.


This collection is organized into six series: Collection documentation; Administrative files; Publications; Grants and project records; Digital objects; and Exhibit related materials.


15.55 Linear Feet (15 boxes and 1 oversize folder.)

561 Digital Object(s) (Of the 581 digital objects in the collection, 1 represents a zip file of CIDER comprising 40.7 MB of data.)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the records of the Tufts Archival Research Center (formerly known as Digital Collections and Archives), including administrative records, collection documentation, grant documents, exhibit materials, and publications.

Biographical / Historical

Tufts Archival Research Center is the Tufts University steward for all archival records and materials of significant and historical relevance to the college.

The collection began as the University Archives, which were incorporated in 1965 by the Tufts University Board of Trustees (Annual Reports 1965-1988). Previously, the position of archivist was loosely created in 1959 as a means of processing and acquiring important university and student records for preservation. This role was filled by Tufts history professor and historian Russell L. Miller, who also wrote the Tufts University history "Light on the Hill." The archives were considered a department of the University Library (known as Eaton and then Wessell at that time), overseen by the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

The university's archives were first kept in Eaton Library, but moved to the Wessell Library building in 1965. Originals of some records were sent to vaults in Ballou Hall for storage. In 1991, due to budget issues, the university archivist was laid off. When the office was reopened in 1997, it was as the University Archives and Special Collections, also located as a department within the Tisch Library.

In July 2001, Digital Collections and Archives (DCA) was created when the University Archives was tasked with developing a Tufts Digital Library. The department moved from the College of Arts, Science and Engineering to the Central Administration, directed by the University Provost. The Special Collections department remained under Tisch Library.

In January 2023, DCA was renamed Tufts Archival Research Center (TARC) to better reflect the mission and services offered by the department.

TARC is currently physically housed in the Tisch Library building.

Processing Information

This collection is processed. The Administrative files, Publications, and Grants and other projects records series were processed by Archives and Reference Assistant Allison Maier in Spring 2019 under the supervision of Adrienne Pruitt, Collections Management Archivist. Materials were foldered, labeled, and in some cases rehoused in archival boxes. The subseries-level description, series-level description, and finding aid were updated at the time of processing. CIDER was processed by Leah Edelman in 2018. The zip file was bagged using Bagger and ingested to the Dark Archive. An item-level record was created, and the series-level description and finding aid were updated 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