Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

Sauer, Anne

Branco, Jessica

Bennett, John

Crowley, Zachary


Tufts Weekly, 1895-1968


The Tufts Weekly, first published on October 8, 1895, served as a source for news, sports, and student affairs. It was transformed into the Observer in January, 1969.

Prior to first issue of the Weekly, the monthly Tuftonian was the closest Tufts had to a campus newspaper. In early 1895, students in the Zeta Psi and Theta Delta Chi fraternities, feeling that the campus needed a weekly publication, decided to replace the Tuftonian with the Tufts Weekly. Originally, the Weekly was to include campus news and sports, and also contain literary works by students. The fraternities disagreed on the exact content of the paper, however, and it was decided that the Tuftonian should continue publication, acting as a literary magazine, whereas the Weekly would serve as a purely informational publication.

Published first by the Tufts-operated Publishing Association, the first issues of the Weekly carried sports (always on the front page), news, and alumni affairs. Students were encouraged to subscribe to the Weekly at an annual cost of $1.50, or $2.00 if they also wanted to receive the Tuftonian. Many students signed up, but, unfortunately, few paid the subscription price. Over the next fifteen years, the Weekly slowly went into debt, mainly with the Somerville Journal Company, who had inherited printing duties from the Publishing Association. After finishing Volume 16 on June 21, 1911, the Weekly was forced to stop publishing due to lack of funds.

Publication resumed on November 12, 1913, after students successfully petitioned the Trustees to subsidize the Weekly for two years. Trustees and students then solved the problem of unpaid subscription costs by including the cost of student publications as part of the College charges to enrolled students. This subsidy allowed the Weekly to continue publication without worry of debt problems with the Tufts Publishing Corporation, who now handled printing.

The Weekly continued as the newspaper of record for Tufts students. In January of 1969, the name was changed to the Observer, to reflect the new bi-weekly publishing schedule.

Source: LOH, OBS, TW

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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
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
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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