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I have been going through my memorabilia. And I have A LOT OF IT. When I came across my yearbooks, I wondered what should I do with them. What condition should they be in to donate them? Today, I am going to share with you what I found. I hope this post gives you options on what to do with your old yearbooks.
- What condition should the yearbooks be in before donating them?
- 8 Things You Can Do with Your Old Yearbooks
- Bring the Old yearbooks back to your high school.
- Sell the Old Yearbooks
- Donate the Old Yearbooks to your local library or Ancestry.
- Give to the Historical Society
- Give to a Classmate
- Donate to Your Alumni Association
- Make a DIY Craft project with some of the old yearbooks.
- Scan some old yearbook pages to keep them digital.
- If you are looking for other places to donate things, check out our other posts below.
What condition should the yearbooks be in before donating them?
The old yearbooks should be in well-maintained condition. No ripped pages. The pages should not be written on. No personal information should be written inside or outside the yearbook to protect your privacy. The spine of the yearbook should be in good condition, as well as no issue with the cover.
8 Things You Can Do with Your Old Yearbooks
Now that you have examined the yearbooks, let's talk about what you can do with them to pass them on to others who would use and enjoy them.
Bring the Old yearbooks back to your high school.
The first option is for those who live near their high school. Contact them and see if they want a copy. Some school libraries may have a few that are getting a little shabby.
Sell the Old Yearbooks
Places like HalfPriceBooks.com will buy yearbooks on their website. Visit their site to get more information.
Donate the Old Yearbooks to your local library or Ancestry.
Some local libraries will accept yearbooks. Find one in your community by visiting World Cat to find a local library nearby.
You can also donate your yearbooks at Ancestry. Yearbook submission forms and donations should be mailed to this address:
Ancestry Yearbooks Submission
1300 W. Traverse Parkway
Lehi, UT 84043
Ancestry accepts donations of yearbooks through 1999 only. Read more information on Ancestry website.
Give to the Historical Society
Give them to the Historical Society in the area. Visit the Preservation Directory to find one year you.
Give to a Classmate
There may be someone who didn't get a yearbook when they were in school with you. Just give them your copy.
Donate to Your Alumni Association
Some high school and college alumni associations may want to keep yearbook copies of each year for reunions. So people who attend the reunions can check out all the people attending and what they looked like when they went to school together.
Make a DIY Craft project with some of the old yearbooks.
Create a scrapbook page or frame a few of the pages. If two pages you want to keep are back-to-back, photocopy one of the pages.
Scan some old yearbook pages to keep them digital.
If you want to keep some of the pages, scan them or use an app like Google PhotoScan and store it on a digital external drive in a folder. You can label the folder "19___ Yearbook for _______name of person". Also, write a description of the page you scanned will help others understand the image. Share some of the pages with other classmates online and in your school's group.
I hope these options give you some idea of what to do with your old yearbooks. Feel free to share it with others to help them reduce the stuff in their memorabilia.
If you are looking for other places to donate things, check out our other posts below.
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