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The Transcript was first published in 1917 by the classes of Chicago-Kent College of Law. The first edition notes that the idea for “a year book and chronicle of the College” was conceived in the fall of 1916 by the senior class, upon which a committee of members from each class were appointed to undertake the project. Editions followed for each year except 1921 until 1929, when the final edition of The Transcript was published.

Issues of The Transcript contain faculty photos and background information, photos of senior, junior, and freshman classes, lists of post-graduate class members, an Organizations section describing the activities and participants of the Law School’s several fraternities (including Phi Delta Phi, Delta Chi, Phi Alpha Delta, and Phi Kappa Phi) and the first legal sorority in the country, Kappa Beta Pi, as well as the activities of sports teams, the Burke Debating Society, the Book and Gavel Society, and others. Other sections include alumni news, illustrations, humor, poetry, prose, and articles by Chicago-Kent students, and advertisements. Of particular interest are “Military” sections included in the years 1918 and 1919 which includes photos and descriptions of life in World War I for drafted Chicago-Kent students. The 1918 edition includes baby and childhood photos of the senior class, as well as candid photos of students in and around the Chicago area. The 1917 edition includes a back-dated list of graduating classes of 1915 and 1916, including students who graduated before publication.

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