Thomas Jefferson High School Historical Preservation Society

Digital Archiving Project: The Monticello

Updated August 21, 2013

Mission: To Preserve ...

The project to preserve the library of Monticellos began several years ago as an effort by the Thomas Jefferson High School Historical Preservation Society. It took time as policies were ironed out and vendors were reviewed. It is exciting for all involved in the Society's work to see this effort come to fruition. We would like to thank all of the classes and individuals that contributed to the cause in support of this project (see Project Progress table below). All generations of Jefferson graduates, past, present, and future, as well as their families, will benefit from this successful preservation of the Monticello.


The preservation of the library of Monticellos is in high gear. A 10-year batch of yearbooks was recently sent to My Old Yearbook in Illinois. The vendor was chosen for their many years of experience in the field of high-quality scanning and cleanup of yearbooks. This TJHS Historical Preservation Society project comes under the mission article, "Preserve and conserve memorabilia and artifacts that are significance to the present." Upon completion of the project, the entire library of Monticellos will be preserved for perusal for many generations to come.

Project Deliverables

The project will yield CDs with high-resolution, uncompressed, full-color files of all covers, inside covers, and all pages in each yearbook. These tagged image files (TIFs) are the most important deliverable for strictly archival purposes, as they fully preserve the image of each page with great fidelity. These images can be used to create many different "products" in the future.

Used by permission from MOYB

In addition, each yearbook will be delivered as a full-color, searchable (using Adobe® optical character recognition) Adobe Portable Document File (PDF)®, one example of a product created from the TIF files. The PDFs permit significant clarity when magnified by zooming in up to 1600%.

Use of the Digital Yearbooks

Use of the preserved yearbooks is an issue still under discussion by the Society board.

Project Progess

As each of the digitized Monticello volumes becomes a part of the TJHS HPS archival library, we will higlight the year in the table below. A gray background to a year indicates that the class donated $100 or more toward having their book digitized. Check back to see when your yearbooks become a part of the preserved history of Jefferson.

Obtaining a Digital Yearbook - A TJHS HPS Fundraising Opportunity

NOTE: My Old Yearbook's product is not to be confused with the deliverables from this project, which are for archival purposes only.

The deliverables from this digitization product are for public use, but are not to be distributed or sold to the public. However, My Old Yearbook will create their own product from the scanned yearbooks. This product can be purchased by the general public.

Their product is, as described on the My Old Yearbook website:

A handsomely packaged CD in a DVD-Style case with the yearbook cover on the case and the school name and year on CD Label. The CDs run on both Mac and Windows® Platforms. The digital yearbooks are built from beginning to end focused on quality, usability, and a gratifying viewing experience. The volume runs directly from the CD, so you can view your yearbook right away.

My Old Yearbook does not sell to individuals. They offer their product through a representative who makes the product available to the public. My Old Yearbook has designated the TJHS HPS as its Thomas Jefferson, San Antonio representative as a fundraising effort for the Society's work.

Thomas Jefferson High School Historical Preservation Society, PO Box 5567, San Antonio, TX 78201-0557

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