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J. D. Sloan Photographs

Call Number: MS247

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographic prints, negatives, and digital photographs taken by J. D. Sloan, documenting university events and campus life between approximately 1978 and 2013. Highlights include speakers and distinguished guests visiting Tufts, annual events such as Commencement and reunions, openings of buildings and facilities on all campuses, portraits of Tufts staff and presidents, Tisch Library author talks, parents and family weekend events, award ceremonies across the University, and other social and academic events. Events at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine are particularly well represented in the digital photographs, including award ceremonies, Commencement, faculty recognition luncheons, graduate hooding and whitecoat ceremonies, reunions, the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), and the Student National Dental Association (SNDA).


  • circa 1978 -- 2013



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproduction 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of J. D. Sloan, and transferred by the Office of the Board of Trustees, 2018, accession MS-2019-004.


This collection is arranged in two chronological series by format: Photographic prints and negatives; and Born-digital photographs.


8.4 Linear Feet

68.16 Gigabytes

261 Digital Object(s) (261 digital objects comprising 39,912 files.)

Language of Materials



This collection contains photographic prints, negatives, and CDs of digital photographs taken by J. D. Sloan, documenting university events and campus life between approximately 1978 and 2013.

Biographical / Historical

J. D. Sloan is an American photographer born in 1946 in Springfield, Massachusetts. From the late 1970s through the mid 2010s, Sloan took photographs documenting university events and campus life at Tufts University.

Sloan’s work is held in the collections of the Reva and David Logan Foundation in Chicago, IL; the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA; and the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TX, among others. He is the owner of JD Sloan Photographs.

Custodial History

This collection was sent to the Office of the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2017, and was transferred to DCA in July of 2018.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Leah Edelman in 2018. Materials were placed in archival boxes if the original housing was damaged, and loose materials were placed in folders where needed. Received rough chronological order was maintained. Data from initial cataloging provided by the Office of the Board of the Trustees was repurposed to create detailed file level records for photographic prints, negatives, and CDs. Series-level description as well as a finding aid were also created at the time of processing.

Series 2 was more fully processed in fall 2021 by Records and Accessioning Archivist, Jane Kelly. CDs were stabilized using Bagger by Archives and Research Assistant Cassandra Anderson in 2020 -- 2021. The CDs were originally in three binders, Binder A, Binder B, and Binder C. Digital files were copied to Box for access. A file-level inventory was created, and series and collection-level description 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