University Chaplaincy Records, circa 1865 -- 2021


Title: University Chaplaincy Records
Dates: circa 1865 -- 2021
Creator: University Chaplaincy
Call Number: UA116
Size: 2.75 Linear Feet, 1 Web sites, 5.6 Gigabytes, 32 Digital Object(s)
Permanent URL:
    Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University


This collection contains materials created by or associated with the University Chaplaincy. Materials include correspondence, publications, fliers, newsletters, photographs and slides, VHS and cassette tapes, born digital audio, video, and photographic materials, as well as web crawls of the Tufts University Chaplaincy website. The collection documents Chaplaincy programming and events and Chaplaincy participation in University events, the work of specific chaplains and chaplaincies, the history of Goddard Chapel, the history of religion at Tufts, and the Chaplaincy's outreach efforts.


This collection consists of six series: Web crawls; 2018 accessions; Unprocessed accessions; Born digital materials; 2020 accessions; and 2021 accessions.


Biographical / Historical

Edwin Courtlandt Bolles was made the first chaplain of the university in 1905. Today, the Tufts Chaplaincy is committed to modeling interreligious harmony and well-being at Tufts. Each chaplain serves those who are in his or her tradition through regular worship and other programs. Valuing pluralism and multiculturalism, it educate tomorrows leaders for global citizenship by actively encouraging dialogue and cooperation among the wide variety of religious traditions on the campuses.

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

University Chaplaincy Records, 1865 -- 2021. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA

Collection History

Processing Notes

This collection is partially processed. 2018 accessions and born digital materials were processed by Leah Edelman and Margaret Peachy in 2018-2019. Physical materials were placed in archival boxes if the original housing was damaged, and loose materials were placed in folders where needed; received order was maintained. Born digitial materials were stabilizied and bagged using Bagger; open materials were uploaded to and made available via Box, and closed materials were ingested to the Dark Archive. File-level inventories and series-level descriptions were created, and the finding aid was updated at the time of processing. Web sites were crawled by Archive-It and web crawl information is updated in the finding aid annually.

The 2020 and 2021 accessions were processed by Records and Accessioning Archivist Jane Kelly in 2021. Materials were bagged using Bagger and ingested to the Tufts Digital Library. Received order was maintained. A file-level inventory was created, and series and collection-level description were updated at the time of processing.


Transferred by the University Chaplaincy, 2018, accession UA-2019-002; 2020, accession UA-2021-019; 2021, accession UA-2021-034.

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Series Description

  1. Web crawls, 2015 -- 2020

    Quarterly web crawls of the Tufts University Chaplaincy website crawled by DCA, as part of the Student Organizations web collection, to document the presesence of Tufts University student organizations on the web.

  2. 2018 accessions, circa 1865 -- 2018

    This series contains fliers and other material documenting Chaplaincy programming, including concerts, speakers, and participation in university and other events, as well as correspondence, fliers, and other materials documenting specific chaplains and chaplaincies. This series also contains publications, photographs, slides of Goddard Chapel, VHS tapes, and cassettes. VHS tapes document a memorial service for Allan Cormack; the 2002 University Baccalaureate Service; and the lecture "Sources of Hope for a Global Future" by Desmond Tutu. Cassette tapes document the Goddard Chapel Forum; the 1995 Interfaith Forum; the 1999 Book Forum; Dean David Maxwell in 1986;, and Jane Redmont in 1993.

  3. Additional accessions, 1910 -- 2015
  4. Born digital materials, 2002 -- 2013

    This series contains video, audio, and photographic documentation of events held or attended by the Chaplaincy including the Goddard Chapel Forum, the Baccalaureate Service, and the Russell Lecture. This series also contains excel spreadsheets and word documents related to the Chaplaincy budget.

  5. 2020 accessions, 2015 -- 2020

    This series contains annual newsletters from the Buddhist, Catholic, Humanist, Muslim, and Protestant chaplaincies from 2015 through the 2020/2021 academic year, as well as a video recording of the Fall 2020 Illumination Ceremony.

  6. 2021 accessions, 2021

    This series contains a flyer, event program, and recording from A Time to Grieve, Hope, and Act: Marking a Year Since Tufts' Campus Closure vigil. The multifaith, inter-generational event was co-sponsored by the Tufts University Chaplaincy and Tufts Hillel.

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