The first NYU yearbook was the Lyre of 1887, which was published by members of the secret fraternities of the University. The editors wrote, “For some years the students of the University have ardently desired an Annual, but as yet no work of the kind has obtained more than a shadowy existence in the minds of its originators…with ‘characteristic gall’ 87 took hold of the matter and we take great pleasure in laying before you the result of the undertaking.” This first attempt at a yearbook was basically a roster of fraternities and their members, not a complete listing of undergraduates. The next yearbook did not appear for three years. The first annual yearbook was the 1891 Violet, published in 1890 by the junior class.
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