Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Russell E. Miller History Prize,
|The Russell E. Miller History Prize is awarded to an undergraduate of exceptional ability whose participation in advanced history courses has demonstrated an eagerness to explore problems of historical analysis and interpretation.
Russell Elliott Miller 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, 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 year. In 1952 he received a Ph. D. 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.
Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Engineering]; 100H