Office of the Dean, Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Records, 1962 -- 2015


Title: Office of the Dean, Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Records
Dates: 1962 -- 2015
Creator: Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Call Number: UA171
Size: 35.3 Linear Feet, 25 boxes, 19 Digital Object(s), 1 Volumes, 14.3 Megabytes
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    Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University


This collection includes student records kept by the Office of the Dean for students admitted to and enrolled in the programs of Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (formerly known as the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences), as well as grade sheets submitted to the Office of the Dean. This collection also includes annual reports, program catalogs and handbooks, meeting minutes and agendas, and a scrapbook.


This collection is organized into five series: Student records; Grade reports; Catalogs and handbooks; 2017 accessions; and Unprocessed accessions.


Biographical / Historical

The Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was first established as the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences in 1980, and it appointed its first dean, Dr. Louis Lasagna, in 1985. Prior to his career at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Lasagna revised the Hippocratic Oath and contributed greatly to the methodology of controlled clinical trials and the understanding of the placebo effect. During his tenure at Tufts, the size of the faculty tripled and the number of students in the School grew from 40 to 250. He also oversaw the formation of the School's two divisions, the Basic Science Division and Clinical Research Division, in 1999. Dr. Lasagna stepped down from the position in 2001. He was succeeded by biochemistry professor Dr. David Stollar, who served as Interim Dean from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Naomi Rosenberg was then appointed as the Dean in 2004. She first joined the faculty at Tufts Medical School in 1977 and was one of the first faculty at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, where her research focused on the mechanisms of leukemia development. Dr. Rosenberg was the recipient of the National Institute of Health MERIT Award (1983) and the Tufts Zucker Award for Excellence in Research (1994). During her time as Dean, she focused on providing student access to federal training grants, ensuring students had adequate career preparation, and creating a diversity program. Dr. Rosenberg retired in 2017. In December 2019, the name of the School was changed from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences to the Tufts Graduate of Biomedical Sciences due to role of the Sackler family and their company, Purdue Pharma, in the opioid epidemic.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection contains some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

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.

Preferred Citation

Office of the Dean, Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Records, 1972-2015. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Collection History

Processing Notes

For pre-2017 accessions, records were rehoused; pertinent original folder information was preserved. Any printed labels that had fallen off, or were beginning to fall off, were stapled on to the folders. In some cases, original labels were lost. However, the folders were labeled, in pencil with student name, underneath the missing printed label. Processing of 2017 accessions was completed by Leah Edelman in 2017. Materials were placed in archival boxes if the orignal housing was damaged, and received order was maintained. Digital objects were stabilized and ingested. A box-level inventory and series-level description were created, and the finding aid was updated at the time of processing.  The catalogs and handbooks series was processed by Margaret Peachy, Digital Archivist, in July 2020, with help from Cassandra Anderson, Archives Assistant.

This collection is partially processed.


Transferred by the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, 2009-2017.

Custodial History

Eight boxes were transferred from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Due to an accident en route to the DCA, one box was delivered with papers and folders askew. No files were missing. See collection documentation for incidence description. Loose documents in that box were placed into their proper folders during processing. These folders are: Berg, Allison; Andrews, Helene; Andersen, Jessica.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Grade Reports, 1978 -- 2002

    Grade sheets submitted to the Office of the Dean, Sackler School. Grade sheets were used to record the final grades for all students in a course.

  2. Catalogs and handbooks, 1999 -- 2015

    This series contains student handbooks and catalogs for the Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences beginning in the 1999-2000 academic year.

  3. 2017 accessions, circa 1980 -- 2013

    This series contains student files for graduates and withdrawals between 2010 and 2012; an MD-PhD handbook for the school year of 1981-1982; an MD-PhD Executive Council meeting agenda from 9/28/1994; the MD/PhD Executive Committee meeting minutes from 2/13/1991; a binder of MD-PhD rotation placements and grades for students between 1995 and 2002; and one large format scrapbook with articles and photographs from the 1980's.

  4. Pre-2017 accessions, 1962 -- 2015

    This series contains publications, student records, photographs, and historical material pertaining to the Sackler Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Publications include catalogs, handbooks, course listings, and reports by or about the school, including self-study, accreditation, and annual reports. Student records include grade reports, grade books, grade sheets, and accepted applications for the Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program, a ten week mentored research experience for students interested in pursuing degrees at the Sackler Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Photographs include class photographs and building photographs. Historical materials include the founding documents of the Sackler Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences from 1980, reports from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and Tufts University, and documents from the first two deans of the school, Sidney Leskowitz, MD (acting dean) and Louis Lasagna, MD, including commencement speeches and correspondence.

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