Today is my last day at Tufts DCA, and I keep dwelling on all the things I love about this place. There’s what I I love about Tufts University; today on my way into work, as I walked past the straw bales they put against trees so local kids sledding down the hill won’t hurt themselves, I thought about how one of the things that drew me to Tufts in the first place was how it is a member of the surrounding community. There’s also DCA, and everything I will miss here. Of course there’s the people and the work and everything that we’ve accomplished in the time I’ve been here, but let’s face it, it’s easier to blog about my favorite elements from our collections. Therefore I present for you:
Deborah’s list of five treasures she’s enjoyed finding in our collections, in no particular order:
- “Outerbridge Horsey“. I know this record doesn’t look like much but I am so fond of Mr. Horsey. He’s my favorite name in the entire A New Nation Votes project. One thing I love about the Outerbridge Horsey family is that they understand how truly wonderful the name is: Outerbridge Horsey VII is alive and a practicing architect in Georgetown.
- “Dog with sign protesting new dorms“, 1978. How can anyone not love this beautiful dog, who is very adamant that there should be no dorms.
- “The Ginger-Beer Man“, 1890. This gregarious fellow has been my go to image for testing search for years.
- “Marine Technology Transfer and the Law of the Sea“, 1984. This is a doctoral dissertation, submitted to the faculty of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, by the current dean of the Fletcher School. In between that dissertation and his current position as Dean, he was NATO Supreme Commander Europe. I am always so fascinated by the non-academia experience of the Fletcher faculty.
- I don’t have any particular favorites from the This I Believe collection, but I like the collection so much not just because I’m proud of how much work we put in to making this audio + transcript interface have lovely usability and accessibility, but because the content in general makes the 1950s real to me. Here’s a nice sampling: Annie Fisher, 1954, Nazrat Farooki, 1954, Vita Sackville-West, 1953, Yaroslav Chyz, 1952, Louis Brandeis, 1952, Violet Bonham Carter, 1952. What I love about This I Believe is how it blends famous people and regular Joes so seamlessly, without any presumption by either the show or the speakers that the two classes of speakers are any different from one another.
Diane Pilson, November 1979
Okay, so it’s actually the World Peace Foundation (WPF) that is returning to Tufts, to the Fletcher School to be precise. But the WPF has a long history with Tufts, and DCA has the records to prove it!
For one thing, the WPF–which was originally called the International School of Peace–was founded by Edwin Ginn, Tufts graduate of 1862. After college, Ginn opened a small book agency in Boston which grew into a textbook publishing house Ginn and Company. Ginn was know for his philanthropies and worked to address housing issues for the poor in Boston, but his most enduring legacy is the World Peace Foundation and his calls for peace, disarmament, and international arbitration.
There is so much going on in the world right now it’s hard for me to even process. It feels a little bit like back when the Berlin Wall fell, doesn’t it? People in the streets, peacefully demanding their rights. Tufts students have a history of being willing to come out to support causes they care about, and so do Medford residents.
Some of my favorite images from our collection:
- Protest placards, 1969.
- Students console each other at rally, 1999. Looking at the Tufts Daily from that same day, it looks like this image consists of members of the Tufts Transgendered, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Collective in the wake of a violent crime on campus. The rally was organized by Carl Sciortino, who after graduating from Tufts, was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
- Tufts demonstrations at Gore rally, fans, 2000. It looks like that’s actually Albert Gore there shaking hands, although I can’t be sure, and the caption doesn’t make it clear.
- Students protesting Apartheid, 1978.
- Student rally against racism, 1987. It looks like this rally was in response to a violent hate crime on campus reported in the Tufts Daily.
- Dog with sign protesting new dorms, 1978. I will never get sick of this dog. Those dorms were also protested by human Medfordites, such as the adults and children pictured in Protest over new dorms, 1978.
- Protest at Jiong speech, 2000. I can’t find a record of the speech this is protesting; do any of you know?
- Fletcher Dean Edmund Gullion’s office bombs to protest University’s military ties to Vietnam War, 1971. Watching people stand up for their rights and responsibilities is always inspiring, but bombing the Fletcher school is quite obviously indefensible. No one was hurt.
Student protests and rallies are often about standing in support of others. Many of the protesters around the world today are risking lives or livelihoods to stand up for what they believe in. Our hearts are with you, wherever you are.
Some of the photographs are included with descriptions after the jump.