Liberal Arts Records, 1857 -- 1993


Title: Liberal Arts Records
Dates: 1857 -- 1993
Creator: Miller, Russell E.
Call Number: UA019
Size: 8.54 Cubic Feet, 15 boxes
Language(s): English  
Permanent URL:
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This collection documents the activities of a number of departments in the College of Liberal Arts and includes correspondence, course materials, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, publications, photographs, reports, and scrapbooks.


This collection is organized in one series: Liberal Arts.


Russell Elliott Miller was a Professor of History, University Historian and Archivist of Tufts University, and author of "Light on the Hill, A History of Tufts College from 1852 to 1952" and the second volume "Light on the Hill, A History of Tufts University since 1952." He was born in Bloomington, Minnesota, on April 25, 1916, to one of the last pioneer families in the Minnesota prairie. His mother spoke Dakota Sioux, which she had learned as a child. He received a B.A. in Education in 1937 and an M.A. in political science in 1939, both from the University of Florida at Gainesville. From 1942 to 1946, he served in the Army Air Corps as an enlisted man, rising to the rank of technical sergeant. Initially with personnel and classification, he was finally assigned to the historical section (intelligence) at the headquarters of the troop carrier command. In 1948 he earned a Master of Arts in history from Princeton University and came to Tufts that same year.

In 1952 he received a PhD from Princeton, and in 1964 Tufts appointed him Professor of History and University Historian and archivist. He taught courses ranging from the history of western civilization to the history of the American frontier. In 1966, he published "Light on the Hill, A History of Tufts College from 1852 to 1952." That year he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Tufts Alumni Association and became an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1975 he became the Walter S. Dickson Professor of English and American History and chaired the Department of History from then until 1980. He was voted Emeritus Professor of English and American History in 1981 and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 1983. In 1986, he completed the second volume of Tufts history, "Light on the Hill II, A History of Tufts University since 1952."

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. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Collection History

Processing Notes

This collection is processed.

Custodial History

This collection, organized by subject, was created by Russell Miller while preparing his history of Tufts University, Light on the Hill.

All material accessioned prior to 1997 was originally arranged by subject, and no attempt was made to recreate original order. Material relating to administering the collection was removed to the documentation files of the collection in the archives. Most of the newsclippings, photographs, press releases, and correspondence have been separated from the subject files. These types of materials are present however, throughout the subject files as well.

Series Description

  1. Liberal Arts, 1857 -- 1993

    This series was created by Russell Miller while preparing his history of Tufts University, Light on the Hill. Includes material on a number of departments in the College of Liberal Arts, especially the drama and classics departments, including course material, playbills, and scrapbooks of Tufts productions. The following departments are represented in this series: Afro-American Studies, Astronomy, Biology, American studies, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, Fine Arts, French, Geology, German and Russian, History, Mathematics, Music, Peace and Social Justice, Philosophy, Physical Education/Dance, Physics, Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental, Psychology, Religion, Romance Languages, Sociology, Women's Studies, and the Drama department.