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Alpha Omicron Pi Records
Posted on February 19, 2019 by Leah Edelman | Categories: features | | |

We are very pleased to announce that the Alpha Omicron Pi Records are available for research at Digital Collections and Archives. The Alpha Omicron Pi Records are a wonderful resource for those interested in the history of the Delta chapter at Tufts, the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, and Greek life at Tufts. The records also document the experiences of cis and transgender women involved with sororities, and provide a lens through which to view many social issues of the day and student responses to them.

Alpha Omicron Pi is a national sorority founded in 1897 at Barnard College. The Delta chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi was established at Tufts University in 1908. The Delta chapter grew out of Alpha Delta Sigma, a local Greek letter society organized by six women at Tufts (including founder Mary Grace Fickett, J’1896) in 1895. After association with other local societies in the New England area, Alpha Delta Sigma was formally initiated as the Delta chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi on April 14, 1908. Except for an eighteen-year period between 1969 and 1987, the Deltas were an official chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi and participated in Greek life at Tufts from 1908 through 2017.

Between 1969 and 1987, the Delta chapter’s charter was held in trust. According to a former sorority president, this was due to members’ refusal to participate in recruitment activities to protest the discriminatory recruitment rules of the Tufts Panhellenic Council. Perhaps summoning the inclusive spirit of their sisters, after a transgender student rushed the Delta chapter and Alpha Omicron Pi International— which oversees recruitment activities of all chapters— delayed an affirmation of the bid, more than half of Delta’s members left the sorority in October of 2016. The remaining members discussed leaving the national organization, but instead decided to push for a change in its policy on transgender students, resulting in a change to the bylaws in 2017 that opened membership to “women and those who identify as women.”

On December 11, 2017, the national Executive Board of Alpha Omicron Pi withdrew the Delta chapter’s charter, citing “the chapter’s inability to ‘build their membership to sustain a viable AOII membership experience.’” In May of 2018, remaining residents moved out of the Delta chapter’s sorority house at 25 Whitfield Road in Somerville, and donated their records to DCA. The Alpha Omicron Pi Records provide a glimpse into the activities of the national sorority, as well as a picture (actually, lots of pictures, in many scrapbooks!) of what life was like for a member of the Delta chapter at Tufts.

Neatly preserved at the Delta’s most recent residence were 57 years’ worth of issues of To Dragma (translated as “the sheaf”), the official magazine of Alpha Omicron Pi. Often over 100 pages, these issues include interesting features such as a roll of active and alumni chapters, articles about and photographs of chapters across the country, alumnae notes by chapter, and directories of officers and committees for the national organization.

Housed with these bound copies of the magazine in the Alpha Omicron Pi Records is a binder of photocopied articles from the magazine, 1910-1994, highlighting the Delta chapter or written by members of the Delta chapter. Of special interest are a series of short articles from the November 1910 issue, including “History of Tufts College,” “History of Delta Chapter,” and “Customs and Traditions at Tufts;” the articles surrounding the 1949 Alpha Omicron Pi Convention, which was held just outside Boston in Swampscott, Massachusetts and staffed largely by Delta members; and an article from the Spring 1956 issue with a photo of Delta Audrey Hallberg dressed as Annie Oakley during her campaign for the Mayor of Tufts. Hallberg was the first woman to hold this “campus spirit” leadership position. Also of interest is the article in the Fall 1987 issue detailing the reestablishment of the Delta chapter at Tufts.

Records in this collection for the Delta chapter itself are richer after the chapter’s reestablishment in 1987, and include scrapbooks, videos of events attended or held by the Delta chapter, and administrative materials including a President’s notebook, a PR notebook with clippings from the Tufts Daily, and new member materials. The scrapbooks date from 1988 through 2015, and showcase events and programs including recruitment and bid parties, philanthropy events, new member retreats, formal dances, and Big Sister Hunts. The photographs and themes of events also reflect what was popular with college students at the time…

…from big hair at the Greek Olympics…

…and Little Mermaid inspired pledge songs in the 1980s…

… to turtlenecks and oversized flannel in the 90’s…

… to whatever is going on in this mid-2000’s photo!

Many of the scrapbooks also have decorative…

…and creative covers!

The Delta chapter participated in wider events and programming for Greek organizations at Tufts, and was recognized for effective leadership and commitment to social justice with the Tufts Mount Olympus Award—the award for Greek Chapter of the Year—numerous times between 1990 and 2017. The Delta chapter additionally received awards from Alpha Omicron Pi, including the Academic Development Cup, the McCausland Cup, the Sheaf Performance Award, and awards for outstanding public relations and outstanding reporting. These awards, in paper and plaque form, are part of the collection.

For more information about this collection, please see the finding aid. For more information on accessing this collection, please contact Tufts Digital Collections and Archives.

The Crisis Magazine
Posted on February 11, 2019 by apruit01 | Categories: features | | |

By Uella Rodriguez

Tufts Digital Collections and Archives is excited to announce the availability of a new collection of The Crisis Magazine. The collection was donated in September of 2018 and includes a large selection of issues from The Crisis Magazine, dating from December 1929 to May/June 2002. The Crisis is a publication focused on African American civil rights, history, politics, and culture, and whose mission has been to pursue “the world-old dream of human brotherhood” by bearing witness to “the danger of race prejudice” and reporting on “the great problem of inter-racial relations.”[1]

The Crisis was founded in 1910 by W.E.B. Du Bois as the official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) one year after the organization’s founding. The magazine was able to amass national appeal, establishing a monthly circulation of 100,000 copies by 1919. With its newfound success and popularity, the magazine set itself up as arguably the most widely read and influential periodical about race and social injustice in U.S. history.[2] As a platform for the NAACP’s views and agenda, the magazine acted as a corrective force in the publishing field when it came to African American representation in the media. Therefore, much of the published content depicts both uplifting accounts of achievements by African Americans and uncensored reports of racial discrimination and violence.

The early 1920s marked the pinnacle of popularity for The Crisis, and they covered almost every part of life for African Americans, addressing such topics as women’s suffrage, education, children, labor, homes, vacations, and the war.[3] The magazine’s advertisements are just as interesting, as they promoted opportunities for education, real estate, and jobs for the African American community.[4] The Crisis took a prominent role in advocating African Americans in the arts as well. With the help of The Crisis’ literary editor Jessie Redmon Fauset, whose influence became the driving force behind the magazine’s success, The Crisis supported writers of the Harlem Renaissance and facilitated the starts of several black authors’ careers, including Arna Bontemps, Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and Countee Cullen, just to name a few.[5]

The Crisis remained a publishing force in the African American community for the rest of the century, and as of 2019 continues to publish. Our collection includes 359 issues of The Crisis that contain numerous editorials pertaining to the African American experience, ranging chronologically from the Great Depression all the way to the beginning of the 21st century. Notable issues in the collection include pieces about African American soldiers in World War II, and extensive coverage of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. The collection also contains other fascinating materials from the NAACP such as the NAACP Criminal Justice Manual, Annual Conference materials, documents from the Daughters of the Eastern Star, and more. For more information about this collection, please see the finding aid. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at archives@tufts.edu or 617-627-3737.

[Many issues are available digitally here.]


[1] Benjamin L. Hooks, “Publisher’s Foreward,” The Crisis 92, no. 10 (1985): 6; Brown University and The University of Tulsa. “The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races,” The Modernist Journals Project: “Modernism Began in the Magazines”. http://www.modjourn.org/render.php?view=mjp_object&id=crisiscollection.

[2]Brown University and The University of Tulsa. “The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races,” The Modernist Journals Project: “Modernism Began in the Magazines”. http://www.modjourn.org/render.php?view=mjp_object&id=crisiscollection.

[3]Ibid.

[4] “The Crisis – NAACP Magazine (1910 – 1923),” Paperless Archives, http://www.paperlessarchives.com/the_crisis.html

[5]  Encyclopedia Britannica. “The Crisis: American Magazine.” https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Crisis-American-magazine.

“Take a Look in This Box: The Collections Survey at DCA”
Posted on February 4, 2019 by apruit01 | Categories: features | | |

Archives and Special Collections are sometimes described as mysterious or even “hidden.” In DCA we’ve been working to make information about our collections known and accessible through our outreach efforts, exhibits, and work with faculty and students in classes. Our collections management team has also been working to gather information about the material in our care through a multi-year collection assessment survey that addressed every manuscript and university archives collection at DCA.

The term “collections assessment” is used to refer to the systematic, purposeful gathering of information about archival collections. It often includes collection surveys, and the creation of data to support appraisal, processing and digitization priorities, conservation decision-making, and overall collection management.  In DCA we also used the survey to enhance public descriptions of our material, and ensure that every collection was discoverable online. The project, led by Collections Management Archivist Adrienne Pruitt, involved numerous DCA staff and graduate student assistants and is a major step forward in archival practice and stewardship at Tufts.

DCA has recently been analyzing the results of this survey, which was carried out between January 2016 and June 2018. The survey ran in two stages, from February 2016 to September 2017 and October 2017 to July 2018. Altogether, 439 collections were surveyed, encompassing 8,004 cubic feet. The survey helped us to improve our publicly available description and bring it all in line with recognized the archival standard DACS, provided a snapshot of the physical condition of our collections, and improved our collection management capabilities. For the first time, all of our holdings, including new and minimally processed accessions, are visible and can be requested via the Tufts Digital Library. The survey revealed damage that was prioritized for conservation, gave us a more accurate measurement of the size of our holdings, and allowed us to reconsider housing and space needs.

We rated all of the collections on documentation quality, research interest, and quality of existing description, and assigned collecting areas to the manuscript collections. Analysis of these categories has helped us to better understand our collecting strengths, prioritize processing and digitization projects, and see areas for acquisitions that might support our existing holdings. For example, our manuscript collections with the greatest research value are concentrated in university history (25%) – not surprising. But our second highest rated subject area is social justice (19%), a result that substantiates something that we had felt intuitively to be true but had not previously measured.

When collection size is also taken into consideration, social justice collections account for almost 36% by volume of our collections with the highest research values.

Leaving research value aside and simply considering the prevalence of certain subjects in our manuscript holdings, we can see that while we have a strong concentration in university history and teaching and learning, we have many fewer collections that document student life or student activism. Our recent initiatives to actively acquire student organizational records will, we hope, help to fill in some of these gaps in the historical record for future researchers.

Analyzing the current processing and description levels of our materials revealed 126 collections that would benefit from further work. The processing of these collections has been prioritized based on research value and actual use and has been scheduled through 2023, allowing us to plan our work in a reasonable and flexible way that will help us meet overall departmental goals. Digitization of high value collections is also being analyzed and prioritized to make materials increasingly available to researchers all over the globe. This period of analyzing and reporting will, along with the improved and standardized collection descriptions already online, help us make more of our collections widely available to more patrons.

New Display in Tisch Library (Level G) – the Berger Exhibit Case
Posted on October 15, 2018 by Helen Frances Stec | Categories: features | | |

Digital Collections and Archives has a new display in the entrance to Tisch Library’s ground floor: the Berger Exhibit Case. Dr. Samuel Harry Berger (1948-2009) graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1973 before beginning an accomplished career as a pediatrician. Because of the strong connection he developed with Tufts during his years in medical school, he began collecting Tufts memorabilia related to all of Tufts’ schools and colleges and became well-versed in the history of the university. Dr. Berger passed away on January 19, 2009, and his wife, Marlene Berger, generously donated her husband’s collection of Tufts memorabilia to Tufts Digital Collections and Archives in 2013.

This exhibit showcases highlights from the Samuel Berger Tufts Memorabilia Collection (MS159), which is particularly rich in sports memorabilia, representations of Jumbo, and images of Tufts buildings. Items currently on display include: a 1960 Tufts pennant featuring a walking Jumbo; several photographs of Jackson College students ca. 1860-1920; tickets from Tufts College’s 1905 Class Day and a 1912 sporting event; various Tufts patches and pins from between 1910 and 1980; a 1934 Jumbo charm bracelet; and a Goddard Chapel teacup and saucer set (ca. 1910-1960).

Support for this exhibit was provided by the Berger family. To see the display and learn more about the Samuel Berger Tufts Memorabilia Collection, please visit Digital Collections and Archives on level G of Tisch Library. Additional Berger Collection material is also on display near Tisch Library’s main entrance.

New Exhibits in Tisch Library – Student Protest Poster Collection
Posted on May 24, 2018 by Pamela Hopkins | Categories: features | | |

Digital Collections and Archives is pleased to announce a new exhibit in the lobby of Tisch Library here on the Medford Campus, drawn from our newly accessioned student protest posters collection.

Recent Archival Find

In April 2018, Digital Collections and Archives (DCA) was contacted by two residents of Metcalf Hall, Tufts students Vikram Krishnamachari (E19 Mechanical Engineering) and Chloe Amouyal (A20 International Relations). They had recently discovered that a long-sealed room in Metcalf contained what they called a “cool find” – protest posters, assorted residential life papers, and clothing from the early 1970s. They asked our staff to come and check out their find as soon as possible, as Metcalf is scheduled for renovation this summer and they wanted to be sure that this material was preserved.

Our archivists are pleased to report that Vikram and Chloe’s find is indeed cool and provides valuable evidence of student life at Tufts. These posters (only a small selection currently on display here) document Tufts students’ rich history of protest during the late 1960s to early 1970s, specifically around the war in Vietnam.

The posters are available for viewing in the DCA Reading Room, though processing of the collection will not be complete until Summer 2018. We will also be working on scanning all of the posters and making them available in the Tufts Digital Library (https://dl.tufts.edu).

 

Student Protest Poster referencing Kent State

Student Protest at Tufts (1967-1972)

Tufts has a long history of student activism, but one of the most acute periods of activism ran from 1967 to 1972. Opposition to the Vietnam War was the greatest catalyst for student protest, but students also protested U.S. involvement in South Africa during apartheid, for increased representation of and support for African-Americans on campus, and for greater student involvement in the Tufts administration. Opposition to the Vietnam War also prompted student protests against military recruitment and against the presence of the ROTC on campus.

In the fall of 1969, students organized a one-day boycott of classes in opposition to the Vietnam War, and staged a work stoppage, organized by the Afro-American Society, to protest discriminatory hiring practices by Volpe Construction, the contractors building Lewis Hall. During the 1970-1971 academic year there were a number of demonstrations by students and student groups. At the Fletcher School, the office of Dean Edmund Gullion was firebombed in March 1971 in an apparent act of opposition to his open support for the war and the School’s close ties to the military, which had both been a frequent source of criticism from Tufts activists. Student protest began to decline after the 1971-1972 academic year, as U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War drew to a close.

 

New Online Exhibit: Tufts Black Freedom Trail, a walking tour
Posted on February 26, 2018 by Sari Mauro | Categories: exhibits, features | |  Tagged:  |

We are excited and pleased to announce the availability of a new online exhibit from DCA and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy!

Screenshot of the Tufts Black Freedom Trail walking tour online exhibit

Screenshot of the Tufts Black Freedom Trail walking tour online exhibit

This exhibit, built on the work of the late Professor Gerald R. Gill, documents and connects many of the places and moments in African American history at Tufts. The Tufts Black Freedom trail includes sites specific to the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus. For more information on the African American Freedom Trail Project at Tufts, which includes sites beyond the Tufts campus, please contact the Center for Race and the Study of Democracy.

The Tufts Black Freedom Trail was conceived of by the Professor Gerald Gill (1948-2007), a faculty member in the History department at Tufts University who taught African American history and worked to document Black history at the University. Material related to Professor Gill’s research can be found in the Gerald R. Gill Papers, held by Tufts Digital Collections and Archives. This exhibit is one of several based on Professor Gill’s work, including Another Light on the Hill: Black Students at Tufts.

The tour can be walked in any order, or visited virtually through the exhibit. As currently laid out, the sites start at the Stearns Estate Marker on College Avenue and move through campus towards Somerville and Powder House Square. We invite you to explore the Medford/Somerville campus, on foot or virtually, from your computer or from your phone, through this online exhibit enhanced with historic images from DCA’s archival collections!

Students: Donate your records to the Archives!
Posted on April 20, 2017 by Daniel Santamaria | Categories: features | | |

 

As the campus office charged with collecting and preserving Tufts history, Tufts Digital Collections and Archives is seeking to partner with student groups to document their activities. We accept records in about as many formats as you can imagine, including digital materials. We are especially interested in documenting the campus reaction to the 2016 election and its aftermath.

By placing your group’s records with us, you’ll ensure that your time at Tufts will be preserved for future generations of the Tufts community—including future generations of your group’s members.

Even if your organization existed for only a semester or around a single cause or event, documenting your organization with the University Archives means that its contributions to campus life will live on.

For more information please see our brochure on donating student organization records.

Archives staff will have a table at the Community Fair during Jumbo Days (April 20th and April 21st) and are always available to answer your questions at archives@tufts.edu or 617-627-3737.

 

Another Light on the Hill: Black students at Tufts – a new online exhibit
Posted on April 18, 2017 by Sari Mauro | Categories: exhibits, features | | |

“Although individual black alumni of Tufts have been duly recognized for their on-campus accomplishments, the overall experiences of black students, past and present, have largely remained unrecorded. This exhibit seeks to highlight the experiences of black students at Tufts over the course of the twentieth century.”

– Gerald Gill, Another Light on the Hill

Since the Gerald Gill Papers arrived here at Digital Collections and Archives last fall, we’ve been working to process and describe the collection. As we wrote earlier, we’ve also participated in the Center for Study of Race and Democracy symposium “The African American Freedom Trail Symposium at Tufts: The Past, Present, and Future of Black Boston” and developed a physical exhibit which can now be viewed in Tisch Library.  We’ve also been working to develop a new online exhibit based on Professor Gill’s work entitled Another Light on the Hill.
screen capture of Another Light on the Hill exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Gill’s Another Light on the Hill was a long term project that developed over many years. First exhibited in 1988, the Another Light on the Hill exhibit sought to tell the often-overlooked story of black alumni. The physical exhibit was staged three separate times before 2002 when Professor Gill wrote a version of the Another Light on the Hill manuscript for publication in Tufts Magazine. A portion of the Another Light on the Hill exhibit is on permanent display at the Africana Center at Tufts University.

Most of the resources from the original exhibits were drawn from archival collections held by Digital Collections and Archives (DCA) at Tufts University. In 2007 DCA began a collaboration with Professor Gill to recreate the physical exhibit as a permanent digital exhibit. This work ceased when Professor Gill passed away suddenly in July 2007.

The project undertaken in this online exhibit is significant, both in topic and in extent and will be debuted in multiple iterations. This first iteration contains text written by Professor Gill and applicable images to accompany the text. We have purposefully and specifically maintained the voice and stylistic choices of Professor Gill’s manuscript.

Ultimately, DCA intends for this exhibit to stand as an introductory resource for all who are interested in the history of black faculty, staff, and students at Tufts University, with a descriptive timeline of events as well as associated biographical and topical pages. As such, updates will be made to exhibit items, text, structure, and content on a rolling basis.

Tufts students, alumni, and faculty interested in participating in expanding this exhibit are encouraged to contact Tufts Digital Collections and Archives.

Another Light on the Hill is one of the first of DCA’s digital exhibits to premiere in Tufts’ new exhibit format on exhibits.tufts.edu. This new software makes it easier to build and maintain exhibits and creates a more uniform and user-friendly browser experience. Most importantly, in the spirit of Another Light on the Hill, we hope to use this technology to help bring other overlooked stories to light.

 

Celebrating the Gerald R. Gill Papers
Posted on April 10, 2017 by Pamela Hopkins | Categories: features | | |

Our staff at Digital Collections and Archives was very pleased to participate in the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy’s symposium “The Past Present and Future of Black and Native Boston,” which took place March 31st in Breed Memorial Hall. DCA staff provided support for students constructing an archival exhibit on display in Breed Hall that included images from the Tufts University Archives, as well as documents and photographs from the Gerald R. Gill Papers. The symposium included a celebration of the Gill Papers, with remarks from President Tony Monaco, Dr. Bernard Harleston, Professors Kendra Field, Kerri Greenidge, Pearl Robinson, and Jeanne Penvenne, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Jim Glaser, and DCA Director Dan Santamaria. Several speakers on the panel also offered moving remarks about Gerald Gill and the African American Freedom Trail project, and about their work on community-based public history programs around Boston. Seth Markle, Professor of History and International Studies at Trinity College, spoke movingly about his time as a student of Professor Gill, and quoted from Professor Gill’s book Meanness Mania, which was especially resonant in 2017.

In conjunction with the event Tufts DCA developed a new exhibit, “Selections from the Gerald R. Gill Papers,” in the Dranetz Tower Corridor, Tisch Library, which will be on display throughout the Spring semester. Curated by our Archives and Research Assistants, Stefana Breitwieser, Steven Gentry, and Sony Prosper, and our Archives Assistant, Fatima Niazy, this exhibit focuses on four broad areas of Professor Gerald R. Gill’s life as documented in his collection – Biography, Teaching, Scholarship, and Community.

Professor Gill’s papers reveal a deeply intersectional life focused on teaching and dedication to his students. The collection includes many photographs of current and former students, some documenting a vibrant slice of student life on the hill, others featuring Professor Gill in full academic regalia, beaming beside his students on their graduation day, as well as correspondence testifying to deep and lasting relationships as former students become fellow professionals, colleagues, and friends.

Highlights of the exhibit include Professor Gill’s teaching awards (he was selected as Professor of the Year in Massachusetts twice!); excerpts from three chapters of his unfinished book on African American protest in Boston titled Struggling Yet in Freedom’ s Birthplace: Black Protest Activities in Boston, 1930-1972; selections from his collection of political buttons; his groundbreaking article on black students at Tufts, “Another Light on the Hill,” which inspired him to create an exhibit of the same name; and fliers and invitations to events such as the planting of a tree in honor of African American alumni at Tufts.

Professor Gill also collected material created by Tufts students, alumni, and faculty of color. The flyers, photographs, and documents on display demonstrate the powerful connections formed between Gill and the Tufts community.

We hope you’ll come by to visit the exhibit and that you’ll leave with a deeper understanding of Professor Gill’s lasting – and ongoing – contributions to the Tufts community and how his work helped community members “understand Tufts and its history in ways that many had not appreciated before,” as a statement from President Lawrence Bacow put it after Professor Gill passed away.

For more information on the Gerald R. Gill papers, please see the finding aid in the Tufts Digital Library, or contact us at archives@tufts.edu.

 

The Gerald R. Gill Papers at Digital Collections and Archives
Posted on March 26, 2017 by Daniel Santamaria | Categories: events, exhibits, features, news | | |

Gerald R. Gill was a beloved faculty member in the History Department of Tufts University from 1980 to 2007. In those twenty-seven years he had a profound and lasting impact on the lives of his students and the Tufts community as a whole. This past fall Digital Collections and Archives accessioned nearly 150 boxes of material documenting Professor Gill’s life and work. The collection of papers, photographs, and digital files documents Gill’s teaching, research, and the lives and work of black faculty, staff, and students at Tufts.

Gerald R. Gill

Gerald R. Gill

Professor Gill was well known for his mentorship of his students, and for developing relationships that often extended beyond the students’ years at Tufts. He won numerous awards for teaching at Tufts and was twice named Massachusetts Professor of the year. Professor Gill was heavily involved with community service, working with students and student groups at Tufts and serving as a frequent commentator on events and topics involving Boston’s African American community on radio, television, and at community events. Professor Gill’s papers include hundreds of letters and photographs from students who thanked him for his mentorship or just provided updates about their lives. Gill also collected material on Tufts students, alumni, and faculty of color. The flyers, photographs, and documents in the collection demonstrate the powerful connections formed between Gill and the Tufts community.

Students on the Tufts Campus. Photograph from the Gerald R. Gill Papers.

Students on the Tufts Campus. Photograph from the Gerald R. Gill Papers.

Professor Gill’s scholarship focused on African American protest movements. His dissertation, Dissent, Discontent and Disinterest: Afro-American Opposition to the United States’ Wars of the Twentieth Century, evolved into published articles and a book project. At the time of his death, he was working on a history of African American protest in Boston, Struggling Yet in Freedom’ s Birthplace: Black Protest Activities in Boston, 1930-1972. Professor Gill’s work researching the African American community at Tufts resulted in “Another Light on the Hill” published in Tufts Magazine’s sesquicentennial issue, the first major history of African American undergraduates at Tufts. As President Bacow wrote in a message to the Tufts community after Professor Gill’s death, “helped us understand Tufts and its history in ways that many had not appreciated before.”

Beyond the Barricades Forum Materials, 1990

Beyond the Barricades Forum Materials, 1990

Professor Gill passed away suddenly in August 2007. In September 2016 his daughter, Ayanna Gill, donated nearly 150 boxes of records documenting his life and work to Tufts Digital Collection and Archives (DCA). Archives staff are currently working to process and describe the collection but an initial finding aid is available and the papers are open by appointment in the DCA reading room.

Beginning March 31st selections from the Gill Papers will be on exhibit in the Tisch Library lobby and a celebration of the Gerald Gill and Gill Papers will take place as part of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy’s symposium “The Past Present and Future of Black and Native Boston,” also on March 31st in Breed Memorial Hall. Digital Collections and Archives is also planning a long-term project to create an online exhibit based on Gerald Gill’s Another Light on the Hill, the first iteration of which will be available the week of March 27th. For more information on Gill Papers, please consult the finding aid or send us an email at archives@tufts.edu.

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