Dayton Metro Library’s Special Collections Division has scanned and uploaded more than 150 high school yearbooks for viewing on the Library’s website. Yearbooks currently available range in years from Steele High School in 1909 to Centerville High School, 2007. More than 200 additional yearbooks from Dayton-area schools will be uploaded in the coming months.
“Yearbooks are fun because we like to look at photos of our friends and family when they were younger, but they are also very important and useful for genealogical research,” said Jamie McQuinn, Special Collections Manager. “These books will continue to assist researchers for generations to come.”
The Special Collections Division includes historical collections such as newspapers, photographs, postcards, rare books, maps and manuscripts. Many of these items, as well as the Yearbook Collection, have been digitally preserved and are available for viewing online at Dayton Remembers: http://content.daytonmetrolibrary.org/cdm/.
“The Library’s yearbook collection has many gaps,” said McQuinn. “We depend on donations from schools or individuals to fill those gaps. Yearbook donations are always gratefully accepted.”
Yearbooks currently available online include (note that no all years within the listed date ranges are available):
Centerville H.S. 1944-2007
Chaminade H.S. 1940-1968
Dunbar H.S. 1962-63, 1975-78
Fairmont H.S. 1931-31, 1954-60
Fairmont East H.S. 1978-1983
Fairmont West H.S. 1965-1967
Fairview H.S. 1923-26
Jefferson H.S. 1947-54, 1983-2005
Oakwood H.S. 1923-1940, 1955-71
Steele H.S. 1909-1926
Stivers H.S. 1915-1926, 1963-1966
West Carrollton H.S. 1960-73
Wilbur Wright H.S. 1971-74
Soon to be added:
Colonel White H.S. 1977-78
Meadowdale H.S. 1962-76
Miami Valley School 1980-90
Northmont H.S. 1957-71
Northridge H.S. 1980-2008
Patterson H.S. 1954-1976
The Special Collections Division is temporarily housed at the Genealogy Center, 359 Maryland Avenue, while the Main Library is under construction. Yearbooks can be viewed at: http://content.daytonmetrolibrary.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16669coll3.
For more information, call the Dayton Metro Library at (937) 463-BOOK.