Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

Sauer, Anne

Branco, Jessica

Bennett, John

Crowley, Zachary


Tufts Administration Building, 1988


In 1988, Tufts purchased the Somerville Western Junior High School building for $1.65 million, planning on converting it into office space to make room for academics on the Tufts campus. Located on Holland Street in Somerville, about three blocks from the main campus, the Tufts Administration Building, as it was renamed, houses computer services, human resources, personnel, finance, and community relations offices. It also houses day care facilities for children of Tufts employees.

After purchasing the building from the City of Somerville, Tufts began a series of renovations that totaled about seven million dollars. Somerville kept a presence in the completed building, however, setting up human services and services for the elderly offices among others.

Generally a quiet building because of its separation from campus, TAB, as it came to be known, did experience one of the larger campus protests of the late eighties. On September 26, 1988, during the grand opening ceremonies for the building, about forty Tufts students marched through the front door, protesting the recent switching of some Buildings and Grounds workers to a night shift. Calling the switch unfair to the workers, the student protestors disrupted the festivities and confronted President Jean Mayer. The protest remained peaceful, and after talking with Mayer and other Tufts officials, the students left the building.

As of 2000, the Tufts Administration Building continues to serve as home to many important Tufts facilities, including the server from which all Tufts campus computers gain internet access.

Source: TD, TJ, OBS

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Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
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Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
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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
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