Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

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Eaton Hall, 1908


Eaton Hall was originally constructed in 1908 to serve as the college library, and then consisted only of the east wing of the building as it now stands. It was built with a gift of $100,000 from the Carnegie library foundation, and was one of the first of the college libraries to be built with Carnegie funds. Henry Davis Whitfield and Beverly Sedgwick King were the architects of the building.

The Carnegie gift, made to Tufts in the winter of 1904, was obtained largely through the influence, beginning in 1901, of Rev. Frank Oliver Hall, and alumnus of the Tufts Divinity School (1884), a member of its faculty (1898-1940), and recipient of an honorary Tufts D.D. in 1905.He was a Universalist clergyman.

Less than one third of the so-called "Carnegie Libraries," including the one at Tufts, ever bore his name. The Tufts building was designated as "Eaton Memorial Library" at the request of Carnegie's wife, Louise Whitfield Carnegie, in memory of Charles Henry Eaton, her pastor in the largest Universialist church in New York City. Eaton was a Tufts alumnus A1874, a graduate of the Tufts Divinity School (1877), and a recipient of an honorary Tufts D.D. in 1887.He officiated at Mrs. Carnegie's wedding in New York City in 1887.Eaton was also a lecturer in the Tufts Divinity School (1886-1888) and an Overseer of the Corporation (1899-1902).

In 1950, the War Memorial Library wing was added to form the western wing of Eaton Hall. Designed by Arland A. Dirlam, it nearly doubled the size of Eaton Library with a large reading room, and two lounges. The building was dedicated on December 7, 1950, Pearl Harbor Day, in memory of Tufts alumni who served in the armed forces in wartime.

With the completion of Wessell Library, Eaton ceased in its role as college library.

As of 1999, Eaton Hall houses the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, Classics, Political Science, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. The reading room is used as a computer lab, and most of the main floor rooms are used as classrooms.

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Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
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De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
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Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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