Collections at Tufts
Tufts University has been accumulating books, documents, artwork, and historic furniture ever since it was first founded in the mid-19th century. These objects have not always been well documented throughout the university’s history, but today most objects are managed by one of three entities: Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives (Tufts University Libraries), which manages archival materials and digital collections; the Tufts University Permanent Collection, which manages artwork, antique furnishings, and decorative arts; and Tufts University Facilities Services Department, which manages buildings.
Tufts Digital Collections and Archives
Many of the university photographs and documents featured in this exhibit were provided by the Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives (Tufts DCA), part of the Tufts University Libraries. Tufts DCA is located in the Tisch Library on the Medford-Somerville campus and is a repository for Tufts-related physical records as well as digital materials.
Tufts University Permanent Collection
This exhibit features a number of artworks from the Tufts University Permanent Collection, which is a collection of around 2,000 objects ranging from paintings and photographs to sculptures and busts. The busts of John Brown and George L. Stearns belong to the Permanent Collection.
Tufts also possesses a number of historic furniture pieces that serve both decorative and practical functions. The two pieces seen in this exhibit were originally located in the Stearns Estate mansion and were willed to the university by Mary E. Stearns. Both objects are located in Ballou Hall.
Tufts University Facilities Services Department
Not to be forgotten are the university’s buildings on the Medford-Somerville campus. These buildings have their own rich histories and many play a part in the stories exhibited here: Ballou Hall, the university's first building; Cousens Gymnasium, which was built on the former Stearns Estate; Goddard Chapel, where the Edwin H. Chapin plaque is located; and Tisch Library, where the busts of John Brown and George L. Stearns are currently displayed.