For the first time ever, yearbooks from Eufaula High School and The Lakeside School are available for browsing online on the Eufaula Carnegie Library’s website.
The digital yearbook collection enables users to reminisce and explore both schools’ histories with keyword searches such as names of people, organizations and more.
“Whether you want to browse the yearbooks page by page or use the search box function to look for a name, it’s really easy to use,” said Library Director Ronnie Smith. “This is a great service for the community, and it allows us to make our yearbook collections more widely available.”
Eufaula High School yearbooks from 1950 to 2008 are included in the online section, and the Lakeside School yearbooks from 1971 to 2017 are also featured. Not all years are represented, and the library is aiming to fill in the gaps. Anyone willing to lend their yearbooks for the project are urged to contact the library.
The digitization project was undertaken free of charge by Oklahoma Correctional Industries, which provides vocational training and opportunities for inmates. Each page of every yearbook was scanned using optical character recognition (OCR) software at 300 DPI with publisher quality and saved in a PDF format that allows for easy keyword searching. The yearbooks were not damaged in the process and were returned to the library.
Anyone with questions about the yearbooks or who would like to volunteer to lend their yearbooks for the next phase of the project should contact the library at 334-687-2337 or come by the library.
The collection is viewable at ecl.lib.al.us.