Lost Theatres of Somerville Papers, 2002 -- 2003


Title: Lost Theatres of Somerville Papers
Dates: 2002 -- 2003
Creator: Guss, David
Call Number: MS124
Size: 3.6 Cubic Feet, 5 boxes, 1 Digital Object(s)
Language(s): English  
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10427/48218
    Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University


This collection contains oral history tapes and transcripts from David Guss's Lost Theatres of Somerville project, documenting the history of movie theaters in Somerville, MA, as well as oversize maps, and CDs, floppy disks, mini-tapes, and DAT tapes. The collection is based on a year-long exhibition curated by David Guss, a Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, and hosted by the Somerville Museum from March 2003-April 2004 entitled "Lost Theatres of Somerville." This collection, like the exhibit, documents the history of Somerville's fourteen movie theatres and the role of these cultural institutions in defining a sense of place and neighborhood.


This collection is in received order.


Biographical / Historical

David Guss is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Tufts University. His areas of expertise include urban and aesthetic anthropology; placemaking; theory; cultural performance; myth and ritual; popular culture; and Latin America. Guss received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles

Guss curated the exhibit "Lost Theaters of Somerville." A Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, Guss has compiled what is perhaps the largest collection of the neighborhood movie-going experience in the United States.

Collection History

Processing Notes

This collection is minimally processed.

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Related Material
  • http://www.losttheatres.org/

Series Description

  1. Minimally processed accessions