The Bear was the annual publication of the senior class of the Evanston Academy. It appeared regularly from 1907 through 1917. The Bear contains portraits and brief biographies of senior class members as well as photographs of underclassmen; class officers; faculty; athletic, literary and social groups; and a variety of campus scenes. Typically The Bear includes sketches or histories of literary societies and other student organizations; essays and poems; songs; athletic records; and summaries of debate and declamation contests. The Bear sometimes includes calendars of the past year's campus events as well as humorous characterizations of students and faculty and class prophesies.
The Bear provides a record of student life at the Academy. In addition to detailing notable events and extracurricular activities, it serves as a chronologically-organized profile of the student body. It may be used as a point of access or a supplement to the Evanston Academy Student Records (Series 38/3). The Student Records include registration and transcript forms and often provide biographical information for individual students.