APL Accepting Donations of Albany Yearbooks

The Main Library of Albany Public Library is now accepting donations of yearbooks from current and former schools in the city of Albany. Yearbooks should be in good condition, but can have signatures and messages written in them. Yearbook donations can be dropped off at the Main Library, during normal hours, at the first floor circulation desk, the basement reception desk, or the reference desk.


APL’s collection of Albany yearbooks is housed within the Pruyn Collection of Albany History, which is located in the Albany History Room on the second floor of the Main Library.


“We are hoping to expand our yearbook collection to better assist Albany Public Library patrons who frequently seek out high school, college, elementary school, and parochial school yearbooks,” said Jim Davies, APL’s local history librarian. “These books can serve as the perfect resource for reunion organizers, genealogists, alumni, education historians, business researchers seeking out advertisements, and those simply looking to stroll down memory lane.”


A recently donated 1932 Albany High School yearbook has been digitized by APL and can be viewed for free through New York Heritage Digital Collections, an online portal designed for researchers and history buffs. To view the yearbook, visit the Albany Public Library collection on nyheritage.org.


Although the library cannot assess the value of donated yearbooks, donors can receive a form indicating how many yearbooks were donated to APL.


For more information, please call Albany Public Library’s Reference Department at 427-4303 or email localhistory@albanypubliclibrary.org.


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