Monday, October 20, 2008

Yearbooks free thru October 30

An example yearbook page from has announced that access to their yearbooks is free through October 30 as part of a promotion highlighting the doubling of the size of their yearbook collection to 6 million names. (The card catalog shows a size of 2,909,046. Is that the number of pages?) Click here to start searching. You will need a free account, so don't be surprised if you are asked for your name and e-mail address. However, you won't need a credit card number. If you've already got an account, you can access the yearbooks with or without a current subscription. has decided to build their yearbook collection as large as possible. Its value thus far has been limited by the sparse coverage it provides in any generation or locale. So they've started a program to digitize any yearbooks not under copyright that you're willing to donate. If you have a collection of 25 or more, they'll accept a loan rather than a donation.

The following yearbooks are eligible:

  • Yearbooks printed before 1963. These are now in the public domain unless copyrighted in the name of an individual author.
  • Yearbooks printed between 1963 and 1977 without a copyright notice. During this period, a notice was required to create copyright protection; without the notice, the yearbook is in the public domain.
  • Other yearbooks have copyright protection and are not eligible without signed permission from the copyright holder. These are yearbooks printed after 1977 of with a copyright notice after 1963 or before 1963 with a copyright notice in the name of an individual.

Click here for more information.


  1. Donate? For TGN, Inc. / to charge others to see? No lifetime free subscription to's site for the donors?

    This is the old story of the Trees posted on sites, which the site owners both copyright and sell on CDs.

    Great deal for the site owners.

  2. better check their sources.

    While there is a Roosevelt High School, Honolulu, Hawaii, this ain't it.

    I was immediately suspicous because all the students look caucasion; while the Honolulu population consists of many races.

    The advertising seems to place the school at Washington, D.C. rather than Honolulu.


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