I’ll be upfront (no pun intended) and I don’t have any good photos in either my high school or college yearbooks! That said though, the trip down nostalgia lane that those yearbooks bring is “priceless!”
Fortunately, unlike in the past, we are not limited by our collection of hard-copy yearbooks (if you are like me, maybe you only purchased one senior year and it happens to be in a bookcase behind the Christmas tree? Or, maybe you never purchased one!), as there are many sources where we can catch the yearbook nostalgia train.
I’d like to suggest that over the holiday period (Hanukah happening now, Christmas and Kwanzee happening soon, etc) your family take some time and explore yearbooks. What a great way for the “older generations” to connect with those currently in high or college and vice versa. I always liked looking through my kids yearbooks since I could ask them about those who wrote comments or showed up in pictures with them. And, if I wanted to get a laugh, trust me, bringing out mine from the 1970s and 1980s is always good for some fun – just think of the hair styles and clothing choices for that time period!
Here are a few yearbook collections that I came across online! Does your high school or college have its yearbooks digitized? If so, post a comment so we can all share and do feel free to point yourself out!
· DigitalNC has a collection of yearbooks that encompasses many schools in NC (NC state archives of the agromeck are found here)
· Internet Archive collection of yearbooks
· Check for your own university – for example, Carthage has an online collection covering 1911-2009, as does William & Mary, the Colonial Echo
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12 December 2012
College Yearbooks -- Fun to check out over the holidays for some humorous moments!
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I'd like to encourage genealogists and others to avoid using companies like E-yearbook without first making sure that the yearbooks you're looking for are not available elsewhere for free.ReplyDelete
Many college and university libraries (and some high schools) have worked hard to make their yearbooks freely available through the Internet Archive and other sites. A handful of commercial companies have grabbed these and are trying to sell access to them. In most cases, this is not illegal since the works are in the public domain or at least have an uncertain copyright status, but it's definitely misleading and unethical.
Libraries all over the country are working every day to make resources like these freely available to genealogists and others. There are some rare instances where colleges have chosen to publish their yearbooks only on for-pay services, but it's always smart to check elsewhere -- especially on the school library's site -- before paying for access.