Law Street Media: Ancestry .com Moves to Dismiss Yearbook Photo Misappropriation Suit

Law Street Media: Ancestry .com Moves to Dismiss Yearbook Photo Misappropriation Suit. “On [January 4] in the Northern District of California, Ancestry.com and related entities and individuals filed a motion to dismiss the putative class action lawsuit against it claiming the company misappropriated their personal information and photographs for advertising and other promotional purposes. Ancestry claimed that this lawsuit is ‘misguided’ and should be dismissed with prejudice.”

Legal Genealogist: Ancestry sued for yearbooks

Legal Genealogist: Ancestry sued for yearbooks. “The case, brought by two California residents against Ancestry, focuses on the yearbook collection — ‘U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1999’ — and charges Ancestry with ‘knowingly misappropriating the photographs, likenesses, names, and identities of Plaintiffs and the class; knowingly using those photographs, likenesses, names, and identities for the commercial purpose of selling access to them in Ancestry products and services; and knowingly using those photographs, likenesses, names, and identities to advertise, sell, and solicit purchases of Ancestry services and products; without obtaining prior consent from Plaintiffs and the class.’”

The Merciad: Mercyhurst yearbooks digitized

The Merciad: Mercyhurst yearbooks digitized. “Although students from each class might have had their own copy, copies were kept in the Hammermill library and these copies of every yearbook are now available to the entire Mercyhurst community for the first time. All the digitized issues of ‘Prae-terita’ and the Mercyhurst ‘Senior Annual’ can be found online… Each copy from 1937 through 2009 is now available as a PDF.”

Digital NC: List of Public North Carolina African American High Schools Enhances Efforts at Preserving Their History

Digital NC: List of Public North Carolina African American High Schools Enhances Efforts at Preserving Their History. “We help cultural heritage institutions scan high school yearbooks. To date we’ve added over 8,200 to DigitalNC. Less than 5% come from African American high schools*…. To highlight the rarity of these yearbooks and to possibly help locate more, we’ve created a list of the names and locations of all of the public African American high schools compiled from the North Carolina Educational Directory around the time that the schools were desegregated.”

Project Update: Razorback Yearbook Digitization (University of Arkansas)

University of Arkansas: Project Update: Razorback Yearbook Digitization. “Last year, the University Libraries raised funds to digitize every University of Arkansas yearbook, from the original Cardinal to the current Razorback. Thanks to project donors, volumes from 1879-1949 are now available online…. At this time, 51 volumes have been digitized into 15,055 single, fully searchable scans. The project will include 119 volumes in 45,000 single scans in total.”

Indigenous Digital Archive: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe Indian School, and Private Collector Share Rare Indian School Yearbooks

Indigenous Digital Archive: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe Indian School, and Private Collector Share Rare Indian School Yearbooks . “They’re so rare that even specialists in yearbooks have been unable to get their hands on them. Today, however, two rare collections of yearbooks and related ephemera from 1914-2017, showing student life at the Santa Fe Indian Industrial School, its successor the Santa Fe Indian School, and the Albuquerque Indian School are shared online with the public for a rare glimpse of the histories of government Indian Schools in New Mexico, and the transition of these schools to tribal community control.”

Richmond Mag: Undergraduate Catalog

Richmond Mag: Undergraduate Catalog . “In February, a group of Richmond activists started a crowdfunding project that raised $7,000 to pay students at historically black colleges and universities $25 an hour to look through Virginia yearbooks and create an archive of offensive images. The effort follows the controversy involving a photo on Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page depicting a person in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan costume. It wasn’t just blackface in the yearbooks, students learned.”

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: 75-plus years of UWO student life chronicled in digitized yearbook collection

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: 75-plus years of UWO student life chronicled in digitized yearbook collection. “Alumni, faculty, staff and students can get a glimpse of days gone by on campus by exploring a new digitized collection of The Quiver, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s yearbook published from 1897 to 1974. The new online collection—completed by Polk Library’s University Archives in partnership with Recollection Wisconsin and hosted by Milwaukee Public Library—includes nearly 15,700 pages.”

VirginiaFirst: Hollins University restores digital yearbook collection, adds “notice on content”

VirginiaFirst: Hollins University restores digital yearbook collection, adds “notice on content” . “Hollins University has restored their digital archive to include all copies of their yearbook. Hollins University’s yearbook, The Spinster, was published between 1898-2013 and in 2016. Some issues contained instances of ‘blackface’, which resulted in some of the issues being pulled from the digital archive.”

The Daily Progress: Archivists group criticizes Hollins for removing yearbooks from digital archive

The Daily Progress: Archivists group criticizes Hollins for removing yearbooks from digital archive. “A national group of archivists is urging Hollins University to immediately restore its full online collection of old campus yearbooks. The appeal, issued Wednesday, comes one day after the university announced that it was temporarily pulling four annals from its digital archives after an internal review found instances of blackface and other offensive imagery.”

DigitalNC: Greensboro High School Student Magazines and Yearbooks Now Available on DigitalNC

Digital NC: Greensboro High School Student Magazines and Yearbooks Now Available on DigitalNC. “A new batch of over two dozen yearbooks from Greensboro High School has been digitized and made available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Greensboro History Museum. Dating from 1910 to 1958, this collection includes annual yearbooks, a 1906 copy of the Greensboro High School Magazine, and several issues of Homespun, Greensboro High School’s literary magazine dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.”

The Ancestor Hunt: Free U.S. Western States High School and College Yearbooks Online

The Ancestor Hunt: Free U.S. Western States High School and College Yearbooks Online. “Yearbooks from high school or college are one of the most fun set of records for a genealogist to search. It provides you with a ton of story-like information about your ancestor’s life. What their interests were, what sports and clubs they participated in, and often some goofy snapshots of them before they settled into being an adult. And of course, you get to see what they looked like.” Big link list.

The Art Of The Annual: The Virginia Yearbook Digitization Project (Virginia Memory)

Virginia Memory: The Art Of The Annual: The Virginia Yearbook Digitization Project. “In 2015, I started the Library’s yearbook digitization project to scan yearbooks from all around Virginia on behalf of public libraries. Thanks to funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), we have been able to digitize and provide access to 2,308 yearbooks published though 1977, the year that copyright law impacts use. So far, 35 local libraries have contributed their yearbooks, with more in process. There is no set end date for this project; it will continue as long as IMLS funding supports it and there are willing participants. While working with the yearbooks from the Library of Virginia collection, I began to notice the artistic elements of the yearbooks.”