Albert Henry Imlah Papers, 1903 -- 2005


Title: Albert Henry Imlah Papers
Dates: 1903 -- 2005
Bulk Dates: 1932 -- 1985
Creator: Imlah, Albert Henry
Call Number: MS176
Size: 2.3 Cubic Feet, 2 document boxes, 1 record carton, 1 oversize folder
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This collection contains materials by and related to Albert H. Imlah, Tufts University professor of economics. Materials date from 1903 – 2005. The collection has photographs of Tufts campus, Tufts faculty, and the Imlah family. It also includes a number of books written by Albert H. Imlah and Ann G. Imlah, his daughter. The collection also contains a body of correspondence chiefly relating to his research and appointment at Tufts University. Additionally, there are a number of subject files. These are largely related to his research into nineteenth century trade in Great Britain. They also include articles and book reviews written by Albert H. Imlah; essays written by Miriam B. Imlah, his wife; personal information regarding Albert and Miriam Imlah; and research conducted for the American Association of University Professors.


This collection was physically kept in received order. Intellectual arrangement was imposed by the archivist at the time of processing. There are four series: 1. Books and photographs, 2. Correspondence, 3. Research and Subject Files, and 4. 2016 accessions.


Biographical / Historical

James Albert Henry Imlah was born in 1901 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. He became an Instructor in History at Tufts University in 1927. In 1929, he attained the rank of Assistant Professor, and in 1935 he was made a full professor, a position he held until 1956. Imlah held the posts of Professor of Diplomatic History at the Fletcher School and Walter S. Dickson Professor of English and American History, 1958-1970. Upon retiring in 1970, he was granted the status of Professor Emeritus. Imlah died on July 8, 1989.

In his honor, the Albert H. Imlah European History Prize is given for either distinguished work in the History of Western Civilization course or to promote reading in the honors program, or in comparable programs in history. The Albert H. Imlah Excellence in History Prize is awarded to a senior for excellence in history.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see "Reproductions and Use" on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Collection History

Processing Notes

Some stabilization of fragile paper done at accession; additional stabilization may be needed. Additional processing occurred in June 2017 by Stefana Breitwieser under the supervision of Adrienne Pruitt. Materials in deteriorating folders were rehoused. Original folder titles were kept where possible, and were only derived or augmented by the archivist as necessary. Processing of 2016 accessions was completed by Leah Edelman in 2018. Materials were placed in archival boxes and loose materials were placed in folders where needed. Received order was maintained. A folder-level inventory and series-level description were created and the finding aid was updated at the time of processing.

Custodial History

Accession 2011.054 received via the Office of Alumni Relations. Later accessions received from Ann Imlah Schneider, Albert Imlah's daughter. Ms. Schneider did select which items to send - see accession information (2011.064) for more detailed description.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Books and photographs, 1903 -- 1967

    This series contains books, photographs, and related documentation. The photographs, dated between 1903 and 1954, are of the Imlah family, Tufts faculty and their families, and Tufts scenes. The books in this series include: Economic Elements in the Pax Brittanica: Studies in British Foreign Trade in the Nineteenth Century (1958); Lord Ellenborough: A Biography of Edward Law, Earl of Ellenborough, Governor-General of India (1937); and The Earl of Ellenborough, 1790 -- 1871: A Political Biography (1931). These were all written by Albert H. Imlah, the last of which appears to be his PhD dissertation for Harvard. Additionally, there is a book titled Britain and Switzerland (1966), written by Ann G. Imlah, his daughter. There were additional materials interfiled in each of the books, which were separated into folders. These materials date from 1937 to 1967 and include newspaper clippings, book reviews, and notes.

  2. Correspondence, 1927 -- 1985

    This series contains correspondence to and from Albert H. Imlah from 1927 to 1985. While the correspondence varies in subject, it chiefly relates to his research and appointment at Tufts University. Notably, there is also a body of correspondence related to salary research that Imlah completed for the American Association of University Professors.

  3. Research and subject files, 1923 -- 2005

    This series contains research and subject files dating from 1923 to 2005. They chiefly consist of research into nineteenth-century trade in Great Britain conducted by Albert H. Imlah in approximately the 1950s. Other major subjects covered by this series include salary research for the American Association of University Professors; personal, financial, and memorial service information for Albert H. Imlah and Miriam B. Imlah, his wife; essays written by Miriam B. Imlah; and book reviews and journal articles written by Albert H. Imlah.

  4. 2016 accessions, 1922 -- 1981

    This series includes Imlah's University of British Columbia yearbook from 1922, his Tufts University honorary doctorate diploma from 1981, and photographs of 19 Sawyer Avenue and the Class of 1922 reunion.