Archive for the ‘E-Yearbook’ Category

California University Yearbooks Brought Online by and

Friday, October 17th, 2008

This week’s major collection comes from E-Yearbook, one of’s premier partners. The collection contains two yearbooks from California: Stanford’s University Quad, and the University of Southern California’s El Rodeo.

Stanford University’s Quad is funded entirely by purchase, advertisement, and dedicatory sales. Originally started in 1895, the Stanford senior class is highlighted while including information from various undergraduate activities. The Quad on contains 17,026 records from 1898-1959. “There are an estimated 180,358 living Stanford degree holders, including 72,284 undergraduate alumni, 90,157 graduate alumni, and 17,917 dual-degree holders.”

The University of Southern California’s El Rodeo, was named in honor of fundraising activities by yearbook staff. Originally named the Sybil at the yearbook’s start in 1889, the change to El Rodeo occurred in 1899. El Rodeo on boasts 17,200 records from 1898-1960. A few notable alumni include George Lucas, Neil Armstrong, John Wayne, and Frank Gehry. An extensive list of distinguished alumni can be found at the USC Alumni Wikipedia site.

Stanford Facts: Alumni,” Stanford University webpage. [Accessed 14 Oct 2008.]

Military Yearbooks Honor Heroes of Wars, Education, and Invention

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

The major collection for this week at is a compilation of yearbooks from the United States Military Academy West Point -Howitzer , (1921 – 1935, 1937 – 1960); United States Coast Guard Academy – Tide Rips Yearbook (1925, 1930, 1932 – 1933, 1935 – 1940, 1943 – 1956); United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point – Midships Yearbook (1945 – 1947, 1949 – 1950, 1952 – 1954, 1959); and the United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs – Polaris Yearbook (1959 – 1960).

Due to partnership agreements, these books will not be free for the first ten days. These yearbooks join others in our collection including the United States Naval Academy’s Lucky Bag Yearbook brought to you by our partnership with

This article focuses on distinguished alumni and the makings of the Howitzer. The other schools to join the collection also have distinguished alumni who pursued interesting and varied professions. We are honored to showcase this collection of distinguished individuals who began their careers with educational pursuits within the military’s academies.

How the Howitzer began:

Class photograph albums were first published during the Civil War. Class annuals were first published in 1884. Class yearbooks were first published in 1896. There was no issue in 1899 due to the Spanish American War. There were no issues in 1901, 1902, and 1903 due to a hazing scandal. However, photograph albums and pictures have been found for some of those missing years. Official yearbooks were re-introduced in 1904. There was no issue in 1918 (combined issue with 1917). There were two issues for the Classes of 1920, original (actually published in 1927) and redesignated. There were two issues for the Classes of 1921, original and redesignated. -John Greiman’s USMA Class of 1981 website

Distinguished alumni from years covered (1921-1935, 1936-1960) by the Howitzer’s collected on include the following (listed by class year):

* Information for the alumni list was compiled from West Point Distinguished Alumni page on

30 Years of Naval Academy Records Online at

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The major collection of the week has arrived just in time for Memorial Day and includes more than 30 years of Naval Academy content from This content will be free to access at for ten days (until June 4, 2008). Click here to access the Naval Academy database.

The United States Naval Academy is a national institution established on October 10, 1845 to provide education for undergraduate students who are training to be naval officers. The Academy is located in Annapolis, Maryland, and is often referred to as “Annapolis,” “The Academy,” “The Boat School,” or “Canoe U.”

The official yearbook of the Naval Academy is called The Lucky Bag Yearbook. The content found in this yearbook can be found online at under the Naval Academy – Lucky Bag Yearbook database. Although some of the collection is currently online, plans to have the entire pre-1960 collection online by July 4, 2008. Each yearbook contains hundreds of pages consisting of thousands of midshipmens’ pictures with names.

“This is the first of several large military yearbook collections we will digitize in the coming months, which will eventually grow to include more than a million pictures with names. The Lucky Bag Yearbook collection provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of the midshipmen and the military leaders who have shaped the history of this country,” said Bryan Michael, President, “Browsing through this collection brings a unique historical perspective to one of the most revered institutions of our Armed Forces.”

The term Lucky Bag refers to the “lost and found” bag which sailors were able to search through when they returned from deployment. If they found personal articles they had lost, they were considered to be lucky.

The Navel Academy database is unique for a variety of reasons. First, it contains a complete list of all of the midshipmen who attended the academy. The database also provides interesting details about the midshipmen, such as their personalities, likes, dislikes, nicknames, what they were known for, as well as historical information. Many famous admirals, successful businessmen and politicians graduated from the Naval Academy and can be found in this database.

The Naval Academy collection is just one of several large service academy collections (U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, etc.) will be scanning over the next few months. Each individual database will be announced when it comes online at