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The Yale Record is the campus humor magazine of Yale University. Founded in 1872, it is the oldest college humor magazine in America.


The Record began as a weekly newspaper, with its first issue appearing on September 11, 1872. Almost immediately, it became a home to funny writing (often in verse form), and later, when printing technology made it practical, humorous illustrations. The Record thrived immediately, and by the turn of the century had a wide circulation outside of New Haven — at prep schools, other college towns, and even New York City. As Yale became one of the bellwethers of collegiate taste and fashion (especially for the younger universities looking East), so too The Record became a model — even being mentioned in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels as one of the harbingers of the new, looser morality of collegians of that time.

Early 20th century

Along with the Princeton Tiger Magazine, the Stanford Chaparral, and the Harvard Lampoon, among many college humor magazines, The Record created a wide-ranging, absurdist style of comedy which mixed high-culture references...
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