January 28, 2010 / News

Natrona County High raising funds selling archived yearbooks

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Already here in the Yearbooks Blog, we’ve passed along stories of schools raising money by selling old yearbooks they have in stock, just collecting dust on the shelves. But so far, we haven’t heard of one quite as successful as the sale at Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming.

Natrona old yearbooks

Natrona County High had yearbooks on the shelves dating back to 1916, and decided to start selling them.

Adviser Lisa Gray had an overstock of old yearbooks going back as far as 1916, and minimal storage to keep them in. Before resorting to recycling the books, the school’s librarians came up with the idea of selling them and advertising the sale in the local Casper newspaper.

They priced the yearbooks at $25 each, and Gray said the response was overwhelming. To date, they have sold more than 170 books to raise more than $4,000.

“I don’t think any of us really expected a huge response, but what we got amazed each one of us,” said Gray. “People from across the country, around the state and from the local and school community jumped on the opportunity to replace lost or damaged books or to purchase them for the first time because they couldn’t while they were in high school.”

Most of the purchases have come locally from Casper, but orders have also come in from around Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Virginia and as far away as Alaska. Some wanted to replace a lost or stolen yearbook, others wanted to find the yearbook of a relative.

“Bringing in over $4,000 to the program, on books that were collecting dust and taking up space, has been a tremendous help,” said Gray. “Who knew there was a pot of gold in all these cardboard boxes?”

7 Responses to “Natrona County High raising funds selling archived yearbooks”

January 28, 2010 at 11:20 am, yearbookforever said:

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February 08, 2010 at 1:29 pm, Julie Jackson said:

I am looking for 1970 Natrona County High School (Casper, Wyoming) Yearbook. Please advice if you have a copy to sell.

February 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm, Nellie McComas said:

I am looking for yearbooks that was for Aurora Indiana Middle school in the years of and thru 1968-1973. If there is anyway that you could help me I would greatly appreciate it. As when I was young my parents could not afford to buy my yearbooks and I am looking for a copy to buy if possible.

Thank you Nellie McComas

February 22, 2010 at 9:36 am, Evan Blackwell said:

Hi Nellie –

The best thing to do would be to contact the yearbook staff at Aurora Middle School, and see if they have any old yearbooks archived and stored, and possibly available for sale.

If you call the school, they should be able to help put you in touch with the current yearbook staff. Thanks,

Evan Blackwell

April 25, 2010 at 9:51 pm, Rebecca Matt said:

Do you happen to have any from 1975? I’d love to get one.

Thank You!

Rebecca Matt

November 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm, Kate said:

We’re looking for 1912, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1921, 1960, 1994 and 2009 to complete the collection at the library…thanks.

November 05, 2011 at 4:13 pm, jodi said:

I am looking for Natrona County High School 1974,75,76 would like 1976 the most

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.