Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts HistorySauer, Anne
All-Around Club, 1898-ca.1970
In 1898 the seventy-five women of Tufts College banded together to elect officers for a new social, literary, and 'democratic' club. The All-Around Club would last for over seventy years, serving the social and intellectual needs of Tufts and Jackson women.
Male students in 1898 were upset about the growing presence of women on campus. Their insecurity came through when, partly in response to the formation of the All-Around Club, they protested: "the time is not far distant when the matter of coeducation at Tufts will come to a crisis." Despite this opposition, in its first year the All-Around Club organized a faculty tea, a music night, and several receptions. Those successes opened a long, energetic history filled with operettas, an annual spring dance, music lectures, annual dinners, orientation breakfasts, sight-seeing tours, a fashion show in Packard Hall, and many more.
Mundane issues came under the jurisdiction of the All-Around Club in 1903, after the Tufts College Association of Women Self-Government joined with the All-Around Club and an organization for women's athletics to form a larger club. Though this loose association soon disbanded, the All-Around Club would continue to engage in serious endeavors, publishing Jackson College directories and guides, organizing food drives, and providing a representative for the Student Council. From 1903 on, every woman enrolled at the school was included as a member of the club.
The 1909 constitution of the club proclaimed as its goal "to promote unity and loyalty in the college; to further the social, intellectual, and athletic interests of the student body; and to encourage the personal responsibilities of its members."The goal remained unchanged until the club's disappearance.
The All-Around Club last receives mention in an Observer article in 1969.The late 1960s and early 1970s saw the demise of many long-standing organizations as changing student attitudes brought about a new era of student activities.
Sources:AO; JB; TCG; TW; JCOE; OBS
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