Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts HistorySauer, Anne
Ivy Book, 1902-1971
The Ivy Book was published by the Ivy Society, which was the sophmore honor society and designated keeper of campus traditions. It appeared each academic year from 1902 to 1970, encompassing all academic years through 1971, with the exception of 1943-44 and 1944-45 when the number of students was diminished due to World War II. Its purpose was to serve as the official guide for all aspects of student life, act as a source of general campus knowledge, while providing a directory of people and places on campus.
The book's format in 1902 contained the college calendar, college policies, listings of fraternities, sororities, and student organizations, campus cheers and songs, athletics schedules and a listing of campus and freshman traditions. This structure remained in effect, varying only slightly, during the publication's entire existence. Pocket-sized, the Ivy Book was required to be carried by first year Tufts students at all times, ensuring its use as a reference for life on the Hill.
The Ivy Book ceased publication when the Ivy Society disbanded in 1971.The functions the publication served were partially assumed by the Dean of Students Office with its 1971 publication of the Student Handbook, the precursor to the Pachyderm.
Source: IB, 1902-03; IB, 1945-46; IB, 1970-71
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