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100 Years of Columbia High School Yearbooks Are Now Online

From the Maplewood Library:

Maplewood Library’s collection of Columbia High School yearbooks is now available online at the library’s Digital Archive. The yearbooks date from 1915 to the present. All are available on the Internet, except for the latest ten years, where access is restricted to the library buildings to protect the privacy of recent graduates.

Yearbooks and other items in the Digital Archives can be accessed by visiting this link. 

Columbia High School yearbooks now online (credit Maplewood Library)
Columbia High School yearbooks now online (credit Maplewood Library)

This is a great opportunity for alumni, friends and relatives to re-live their high school years. The yearbooks are also a wonderful historical resource, offering fascinating insights into changing manners and styles over a century in our two towns. The yearbooks can be searched by year, or by name using the Search option. The yearbook files are large, and may take several minutes to download.

The digitization of the yearbooks was funded by an Essex County Local History Grant and the Bequest of Milena Pribramska. Maplewood Library’s Digital Archive was established in 2013 when the library digitized its hundred-year collection of the News-Record of Maplewood and South Orange. This archive can be accessed from within either library building. The Archive also contains the Maplewood Real Estate File, an extensive collection of historic photos and sales records of Maplewood homes, and can be accessed from any computer.

There are a few gaps in the library’s collection. You can help build the archive if you happen to own any of the following CHS yearbooks: 1917, 1918, 1919, 1925, 1952 or 2002. If so, please consider loaning it to us; we’ll have it digitized and then return it to you. Contact Barbara Laub at the Library for more information, [email protected], 973-762-1622.

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