Yearbook Digitization

Cover of the Messenger 1960The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center scans college and high school yearbooks from North Carolina schools to add to the online yearbook collection. Yearbooks must meet the following criteria:

  • Owned by a cultural heritage institution whose collections are open to the public, or an alumni association that meets our criteria OR owned by an individual who has identified a partner cultural heritage institution willing to be listed as the contact for questions regarding that yearbook.
  • The yearbooks must be from a school located within North Carolina at the time the yearbook was published.
  • Only high school yearbooks at least 50 years old will be digitized. College yearbooks may be digitized up through the current year.

How it Works

After talking with us, the contributing institution prepares an inventory listing each volume to be digitized (see below). Each contributing institution is responsible for transporting the yearbooks to Chapel Hill and picking them up once they’ve been completed. If you want to ship the yearbooks, you will be responsible for return shipping costs.

Yearbooks are digitized by Internet Archive staff working at Wilson Special Collections Library. Each volume is published on the Internet Archive, as well as on DigitalNC.org where users can easily browse by county, date, or institution. Once we begin work, yearbooks are generally returned within 2-3 months. You’re encouraged to check in with us at any time regarding progress.

How to Get Started

First, contact us to talk about your yearbooks. We will make sure they fit all criteria and will ask you to provide an inventory listing the following for each volume:

  • Title,
  • Year of publication,
  • Name of the school at the time that the yearbook was published, and
  • Location of the school (city and county) at the time that the yearbook was published.