The 75th Anniversary of Riga Polytechnic Institute took place in the Hall of the University of Latvia on 16 May 1936. This anniversary was unusual and special. First of all, the university with such a name has not existed since 1919, on its basis the University of Latvia was established, which included the former faculties of engineering. Secondly, the anniversary was celebrated on the basis of the approval of the statutes of the university on 16 May 1861 (not the beginning of the activity, which took place a year later – in 1862).
The teaching staff of the engineering faculties of the University of Latvia, most of whom came from Riga Polytechnic Institute, proposed to publish the «Album Academicum» with information about those students who studied after 1912, when the previous – the second – «Album Academicum» was published. Information was also collected and supplemented on the proportion of students who studied at RPI before 1912. The mentioned biographical summary was published in 1938 with the financial support of the University of Latvia.