Light on the hill: A history of Tufts College, 1852-1952

Miller, Russell
1986

THE COLLEGE CONSISTS OF alumni, Faculty, students, and Trustees. These are not separate bodies with divergent interests, but one body bound together by interest in a common cause and engaged in a common endeavor." These words of President Hamilton, written in 1908, were not very startling or profound in themselves, and they said nothing that was not already known. Yet they needed to be placed in the record, for it often was - and is - all too easy for one group to forget that the other three existed. Whatever Tufts has been, is, and will continue to be, both to itself and to the world outside, involves an inextricable intermingling of all of these components. Bricks and stones, laboratories and libraries, and all of the other physical accouterments of a college, are not very useful or meaningful outside the human context. Students and alumni are as indispensable as faculty, staff, governing bodies, and curriculum. They are, of course, the raison d'etre of an academic institution.

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THE COLLEGE CONSISTS OF alumni, Faculty, students, and Trustees. These are not separate bodies with divergent interests, but one body bound together by interest in a common cause and engaged in a common endeavor." These words of President Hamilton, written in 1908, were not very startling or profound in themselves, and they said nothing that was not already known. Yet they needed to be placed in the record, for it often was - and is - all too easy for one group to forget that the other three existed. Whatever Tufts has been, is, and will continue to be, both to itself and to the world outside, involves an inextricable intermingling of all of these components. Bricks and stones, laboratories and libraries, and all of the other physical accouterments of a college, are not very useful or meaningful outside the human context. Students and alumni are as indispensable as faculty, staff, governing bodies, and curriculum. They are, of course, the raison d'etre of an academic institution.

 

Light on the Hill, the history of Tufts College, was published to coincide with the centennial of the institution in 1952. A second volume was published in 1986. This edition was created from the 1966 edition of Light on the Hill, Volume I.

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