The Liber Brunensis Team is an entirely student-run organization that produces the annual yearbook for Brown University. Each year, in order to preserve and celebrate the memories of our seniors, Liber members compile, design and distribute the book, honoring a history that has traversed many generations of the Brown Community.
The first ever published edition of Liber Brunensis came out in 1870, a pamphlet of fifty-eight pages which printed membership lists of the various organizations and included class lists.
The 1890 volume included group photographs of publication boards, musical clubs and athletic teams. Individual photographs of seniors first appeared in the 1896 Liber. Since 1857 seniors had been accustomed to purchase large leather-bound class albums into which they inserted photographs of individual classmates as well as campus views and group photographs. Even when the Liber began to include photographs, the class albums continued their existence until 1907.
In 1895 the Liber included lists of women students in a section headed “Co-Education.” The next year there were pictures of individual women graduates, and in 1897 lists of sorority members. From 1902 until 1907 the Liber contained class lists of women students and pages devoted to the sororities and other women’s organizations and teams. In 1908 the women’s pages disappeared, and in 1909 the Women’s College started its own annual, Brun Mael, which was published until 1970, after which the Liber Brunensis became the yearbook of the coeducational institution brought about by the merger of Brown and Pembroke.
The Liber has continued to be published annually, except when prevented by wartime conditions in 1944. A combined 1944-1945 book was issued the following year.
The 2023 Edition, currently in production, will be our 163rd edition.