Scope and Contents
The magazine featured a diverse array of items that would be of interest to Tufts' undergraduates, including descriptions of student organizations and sketches of faculty. An attempt to turn "The Tuftonian" in a more literary direction failed in 1865, after a call for creative works, including a college ode, went unanswered. In response, the editor concluded "the students of Tufts College are not eminently a Literary class."
"The Tuftonian" was published in tabloid form from 1864-1870, and thereafter in pamphlet form until 1872. This collection contains the tabloid issues, from 1864-1870, comprising one bound volume.
- 1864 -- 1870
Language of Materials
Biographical / Historical
A yearbook-like publication called the "Tuftonian" was produced by the Zeta Psi Fraternity and the "Secret Society" between 1864 and 1877. In 1878, the name "Tuftonian" was taken by the literary magazine originally called the "Tufts Collegian." Zeta Psi continued to produce a yearbook publication and called it the "Brown and Blue" in reference to the College colors. By 1888 the Brown and Blue had developed into a modern yearbook and was published by the junior class. The "Brown and Blue" was published intermittently into the early part of the twentieth century. In 1917, the first "Jumbo" yearbook was published, this time by the senior class, reviving the yearbook at Tufts.
There is no editorial relationship between the "Tuftonian" in this series and the later literary magazine of the same name.