When the Tech Bible was first published in 1897, it served as a student handbook for freshmen. Along with WPI history and rules for the freshmen, it offered details about life on campus and in the Worcester community. The Tech Bible served this invaluable purpose for seventy years.
The Bible's use was diminished once the Student Handbook and the Freshman New Student Orientation program were introduced in the 1970s. In the 1980s, the Student Alumni Society and some other organizations tried to revive the Tech Bible tradition, publishing sporadically, but in the early 1990s, SAS issued it with a new purpose: to include not only WPI history, but its traditions, and the growth and flourishing of the institution. A more recent edition was published in 2003.
In 2005 students involved in SAS have revised and printed it again. It is their hope that it may serve as a primer for all students about WPI's heritage, filling its readers with a sense of pride and renewed knowledge of the unique and rich history of WPI.
The Tech Bible is given to all incoming freshmen at the Bridge Crossing, along with their Beanies.