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December 4, 2008

Tufts Alum Chosen to Join the Obama Cabinet

Congratulations to Bill Richardson on his nomination for Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Cabinet. Richardson graduated from Tufts in 1970 and received a degree from the Fletcher School in 1971. He received an honorary degree in 1997. richardson%20yearbook%20photo%201970.jpg As a Tufts undergraduate, Richardson played shortstop on the Tufts baseball team.This picture is from a team trip to Mexico in 1969. Tufts%20baseball%20team%20in%20Mexico%201969.jpg

November 20, 2008

Good food, good company

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, the DCA celebrates dinners and dining. What better defense against cold weather is there than getting together with friends and family to enjoy a nice meal? Think festive clothes, fine food and fabulous cocktails.


View more images of Tufts events revolving around dinner and dining, such as the Junior Dinner Dance pictured above. Not only has Tufts hosted formal dinners and commemorative banquets, but there was also a tradition in the Fletcher School of a "Faculty Waits on You" dinner. Sound fun?

November 10, 2008

Veteran's Day Tribute: Jay Samuels

We were saddened to learn this weekend of the loss of a good friend, Jason Samuels, E1945.
Jay served throughout the Pacific during World War II, and was a staunch advocate for ROTC at Tufts. I got to know Jay working with him on two projects near and dear to his heart: the V-12/NROTC exhibits in the Tisch Library (and online) and subsequently, the many hours he volunteered to help us develop exhibits for each year's reunion. Jay's visits to the archives were a treat and we could count on lively conversation, sharing memories, and planning new activities.

Jay was a fierce patriot, a passionate Jumbo, and a dear friend. We will miss him very much.

November 6, 2008

Tufts Football Tradition

The last game of the 2008 season is this upcoming Saturday at Middlebury. But did you know that football has well over 100 years of history here at Tufts? Not sure who played what sport when? DCA also has a huge collection of athletic rosters available on the Tufts Digital Library.

Here are a few of the DCA staff's favorite images of Tufts football past. Frederick%20aka%20Fish%20Elllis.jpg
Frederick "Fish" Ellis, 1926 John%20Baronian.jpg
John Baronian, approximately 1949

October 30, 2008


Tufts students with Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns, circa 1990
Tufts students with Halloween jack-o'-lanterns, circa 1990

I knew we had an eclectic collection, but searching for Halloweeny materials in the Tufts Digital Library showed me just how eclectic. For example, Walks in London, vol. 1 is a text in Tufts' Edwin C. Bolles collection on the history of London, and chapter 9, "In the Heart of the City" describes the Church of All Hallows, baptismal site of John Milton.

20th-century poet and Tufts English professor John Holmes reminisces in his poem "My old schools" about seeing his wife "waiting at that bus-stop / For me one rainy Halloween".

And of course, Tufts students have their own say about Halloween, as in this 1996 Halloween edition of the Tufts Daily that complains about the inadequate spookiness of Spooky World. Tufts students have Halloween traditions, as well; the Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History lets us know that the Tufts Mountain Club puts pumpkins on top of Goddard Chapel every Halloween.

(If you aren't interested in Halloween, just wait a few more days and it will be time for Guy Fawkes Day and the commemoration of the gunpowder plot!)

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