Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Evening Party Association, ca. 1860 - ca. 1940
The Evening Party Association, one of Tufts' earliest organizations, hosted an annual series of winter formals held in Goddard Gymnasium. Purely a social group, its membership was composed of one senior from each of Tufts' fraternities.
Portraits of the Association reveal dapper young men in white ties and tails. Each year, the members of the organization would appoint a successor from within his fraternity, an important tradition. In 1927, a plaintive request from the Tufts Weekly for the group to arrange the winter dances highlights the valuable role played by The Evening Party Association.
The organization faded away as World War II approached and its last known dance occurred the second week of December, 1940.It was to be a 'gala affair' with music from Ted Marks, a man heralded as "second only to Gene Krupa in the skin-beating industry," - and all that for only $1.50.
Source: TW: UP056/-001/#002, UP056/-018/#001, UP056/-018/#003; CRI UP053/-004