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The oldest existing publication at Lehigh, the Epitome was first published in 1875 and continues to today. The earliest Epitomes were about 50 pages and contained class histories collected and written by a class historian, as well as lists of fraternities, clubs and class teams. There were no photographs, only rough sketches. As the popularity of the publication increased, the board of editors, originally three students, was expanded to five and eventually the project was deemed too important for the sophomore class. It was subsequently handed over to the junior class. From then, the Epitome took on a more literary spin, including stories and humorous anecdotes from students. Slowly, photographs of the sports teams and clubs were included, but it wasn't until 1914 that photos of graduating seniors were included in a separate section.

In 2003, the Epitome moved into Coppee Hall along with the entire journalism department. After an extensive multi-million dollar renovation, one of Lehigh’s oldest buildings now features some of the most advanced computing and technology resources available on campus. Once produced mainly by hand, all aspects of the yearbook from page layout and design to photography are now done 100 percent digitally.

At a time when many universities are discontinuing production of yearbooks because of lack of funds and interest, the Epitome stands strong, capturing the memories and history of Lehigh through a new century.