From 1977 to 2018, the University of Missouri School of Law published Transcript magazine, which was sent to alumni and friends of Mizzou Law across the country and throughout the world.
The magazine reflects the history of Mizzou Law and the world around it during the forty years Transcript was published. At the beginning of its run, Transcript was published four times a year; soon, it became a biannual publication released every spring and fall. In an age prior to email and internet connectivity, the magazine was the Law School's primary means to communicate with alumni about what was happening at Hulston Hall. Issues of Transcript included faculty- and student-written articles on a vast variety of topics, as well as letters from the Dean, details of new hires, retirements, and faculty publications, alumni spotlights, information about upcoming events, and photographs from past events.
Of particular interest to Transcript's readership were the Alumni Notes, typically included towards the back of the magazine. Here, life updates that had been mailed in by alumni were published. Alumni were eager to share employment-related news, such as the firms they had been hired by, the establishment of their own law offices, their promotion to partner, and so on. But alumni were equally eager to share life updates of a different type. During Transcript's run, the Alumni Notes announced hundreds of marriages, births, adoptions, reunions, and retirements. Photographs of couples, babies, children, friends, and families were often printed alongside these announcements. Prior to the advent of social media, Transcript allowed alumni to stay connected and to share and celebrate in the success and joy of their classmates and community.
The precursor to Transcript was the Law School News, a once-yearly newsletter published by Mizzou Law from 1957 to 1977. It has been made available alongside the volumes of Transcript.
The Scholarship Repository regrets that a few volumes of both Transcript and Law School News remain unavailable, but looks forward to making them available in the future.