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The tradition of a yearbook at Penn began with the Class of 1865. As sophomores, they published the first editions of the undergraduate yearbook in 1863 and then as seniors in 1865. The 1863 edition had only 4 pages! Since 1867, The Record has appeared annually. The earliest yearbooks consisted of extensive histories written about the graduating class, beginning in their freshman year and recounting stories all the way to senior year. Hand drawn illustrations adorned several pages. Members of fraternities and organizations such as the Glee Club were listed along with the names of their professors.
The 1900s brought about great changes at the university, such as women being admitted as degree candidate students. The Penn women were not included in The Record, so the women from the class of 1913 prepared a short manuscript completely by hand. They included a poem, a prophecy, autographs, and photographs that were individually pasted. The first women's Record was published in 1915. After many years of producing separate books, the men and women joined forces to create the 101st Record in 1953. The book proudly proclaimed that it was "published by the coeducational undergraduates of the University of Pennsylvania." In recent years, the yearbook has been known as the Poor Richard's Record. This year, however, we are returning to our roots and honoring the original name, The Record.
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