This particular title comes from the Harvard alumni association and like elections to the European Parliament, it us updated every five years.
According to a story by James Atlas in The New York Times, “The book includes everyone who has ever graduated from the college, and keeps on arriving for as long as they live, whether they want it or not…” and “includes the biographical basics — address, e-mail, occupation, spouse, children — and an account of their lives, often true, over the last half-decade.”
Atlas goes on to point out that “The Red Book is an old tradition — and I mean old. Loitering in the reading room of the New York Public Library one day, I spied on a shelf a collection of reddish-spined books that had a familiar look about them. Further investigation revealed them to be “Sibley’s Harvard Graduates” — class reports going back to the college’s very beginning. (The first notes, on a commencement class of nine, were published in 1642.)”
The book grows in size with each graduating class (the 25th edition reportedly came in at 1,305 pages) and contributors aren’t limited to word count. Unfortunately you’ll have to know an alumnus to get your hands on one. Unlike almost everything else these days, the book is not sold on Amazon.