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Schools - General

The history of a school provides an image of the changing culture in a town, city, or region. People who are interested in the history of an area, or who are researching the genealogy of a family often refer to historical school records for clues. Those who attended a specific school may also collect historical items and memorabilia from that school.

Old school records and photographs might pertain to a local one-room schoolhouse, an early high school, or a university. They document the people who attended the school, teachers who taught there, and changes to the location and physical school building. Classroom photographs are especially of interest to people who are looking for their ancestors or documenting the history of an area. Vintage school yearbooks include individual pictures of students and faculty as well as historical facts and statistics about the school.

School memorabilia items are also popular with collectors. Many people collect items that depict the schools they attended. Class rings, sports pennants, pins, letter jackets, trophies, uniforms, and other items are of interest. Some collectors also acquire old school desks, heating stoves, bells, slates, and globes.


Quick Facts

  • The school yearbook was invented by George K. Warren, a photographer who specialized in portraits of college graduates in the 1860s. The individual portraits of the classmates were bound into a fancy album and sold to the students
  • School memorabilia becomes valuable when it is associated with a famous person. In 2011, former NBA star Julius Irving's high school class ring sold at auction for $35,801
  • Marilyn Monroe only appeared in one edition of her high school yearbook, the 1942 Chieftain from University High School in West Los Angeles, California. A sophomore, the then Norma Baker appeared on page 48. Editions of the 1942 Chieftain now regularly command more than $2,000 each

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Early 1900s McGill University Bronze Plaque
Dec 17, 1:00 PM EST
Early 1900s McGill University Bronze Plaque
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$401 Bid
1990 Illinois Ulysses S. Grant Boy Scout Plate 163
Dec 10, 8:00 AM CST
1990 Illinois Ulysses S. Grant Boy Scout Plate 163
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $10- $10,000
$101 Bid
Featherston College Memorabilia
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Featherston College Memorabilia
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
8 sterling high school rings
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
8 sterling high school rings
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
Vintage Boy Scout Collectibles
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
Vintage Boy Scout Collectibles
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $175- $1,750
$1750 Bids
A 1943 Year Book or Annual From Hillsborough High School
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A 1943 Year Book or Annual From Hillsborough High School
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A 1958 Elkhart High School Annual Year Book
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A 1958 Elkhart High School Annual Year Book
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A 1957 Elkhart High School Annual Year Book
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A 1957 Elkhart High School Annual Year Book
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Grafton Senior High School Year Book Annual
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Grafton Senior High School Year Book Annual
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
Original LSU And Dartmouth College Series Murad Cards
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Original LSU And Dartmouth College Series Murad Cards
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$50 Bids
University CT Foam Head Huskie in Display Case
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
University CT Foam Head Huskie in Display Case
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $50- $100
$500 Bids
Wandteller 500 Jahre Universität Leipzig 1909 - Wall plate 500 years university of Leipzig 1909
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Wandteller 500 Jahre Universität Leipzig 1909 - Wall plate 500 years university of Leipzig 1909
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
FOTOALBUM UNIVERSITÄT A.A. SCHDANOW LENINGRAD
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
FOTOALBUM UNIVERSITÄT A.A. SCHDANOW LENINGRAD
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€350 Bids
University Of Miami Hurricane Club Wood Plaque Clock 1984
Dec 07, 5:00 PM EST
University Of Miami Hurricane Club Wood Plaque Clock 1984
by Absolute Auction Gallery
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Collection of Israel Scouts Items
Dec 13, 6:00 PM IST
Collection of Israel Scouts Items
by Levy Auction House
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
BOY SCOUT MEDALS LOT VINTAGE ANTIQUE
Dec 13, 1:00 PM CST
BOY SCOUT MEDALS LOT VINTAGE ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1927 HARVARD COLLEGE FELT BANNER
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
1927 HARVARD COLLEGE FELT BANNER
by White's Auctions
Est: $50- $5,000
$500 Bids
William (Bill) Quinn, Washington University School of Art, Designer Dress
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
William (Bill) Quinn, Washington University School of Art, Designer Dress
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Boyscout Pins
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Boyscout Pins
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Lot of 4 Ski School Pins
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of 4 Ski School Pins
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Forbes Marist Brothers College Accessories,
Dec 14, 10:00 AM AEDT
Forbes Marist Brothers College Accessories,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD200 Bids
Girl Scouts of America award proclamations
Dec 09, 11:30 PM EST
Girl Scouts of America award proclamations
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$250 Bids
Vintage Spalding And Bros. College Letterman Sweater
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Spalding And Bros. College Letterman Sweater
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Schools - General


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Potomack Company

Potomack Company