I am the curator for an archive.org call book project.  kb9mwr [at] qsl.net

The projects goal is to preserve and make available records from old callbooks so that future generations can perform self-service callsign research with ease.

Till now, you had to contact one of the few callsign historians.

To enable folks to research relatives, prove prior licensing, prove how long one has been licensed, etc.

The Universal Licensing System (ULS) was created in 1999, so anything needing to be referenced before that typically comes from the old printed callbooks.

I am looking for help to fill in missing years.  Looking for donated scans, donated paper copies and or deals on paper copies.  Please spread the word to anyone who can help.

Normally to find callbooks on archive.org:

https://archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22callbook%22&sort=-date


 


 

List by year (any missing years are of interest):

1909 https://archive.org/details/First_Annual_Official_Wireless_Blue_Book-1909
1910 https://archive.org/details/Second_Annual_Official_Wireless_Blue_Book-1910
1911 https://archive.org/details/Third_Annual_Official_Wireless_Blue_Book-1911
1913 https://archive.org/details/1913_Amateur_Callbook
1914 https://archive.org/details/1914_Amateur_Callbook
1915 https://archive.org/details/1915_Amateur_Callbook
1916 https://archive.org/details/1916_Amateur_Callbook
1919 https://archive.org/details/1919_Amateur_Callbook
1920 https://archive.org/details/1920_Amateur_Callbook
1921 https://archive.org/details/1921_Amateur_Callbook
1922 https://archive.org/details/1922_Amateur_Callbook
1923 https://archive.org/details/1923_Amateur_Callbook
1924 https://archive.org/details/1924_Amateur_Callbook
1925 https://archive.org/details/1925_Amateur_Callbook
1926 https://archive.org/details/1926_Amateur_Callbook
1927 https://archive.org/details/1927_Amateur_Callbook
1928 https://archive.org/details/1928_Amateur_Callbook
1929 https://archive.org/details/1929_Amateur_Callbook
1930 https://archive.org/details/1930_Amateur_Callbook
1931 https://archive.org/details/1931_Amateur_Callbook
1932 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1932_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1933 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1933_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1934 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1934_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1935 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1935_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1936 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1936_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1937 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1937_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1938 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1938_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1939 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1939_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1940 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1940_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1941 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1941_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1942 None produced due to WWII
1943 None produced due to WWII
1944 None produced due to WWII
1945 None produced due to WWII
1946 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1946_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1947 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1947_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1948 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1948_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1949 https://archive.org/details/Summer_1949_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1950 https://archive.org/details/Summer_1950_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1951 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1951_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1952 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1952_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1953 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1953_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1954 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1954_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1955 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1955_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1956 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1956_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1957 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1957_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1958 https://archive.org/details/Summer_1958_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1959 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1959_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1960 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1960_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1961 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1961_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1962 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1962_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1963 https://archive.org/details/Summer_1963_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1964 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1964_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1965 https://archive.org/details/Summer_1965_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1966 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1966_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1967 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1967_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1968 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1968_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1969 https://archive.org/details/Fall_1969_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1970 https://archive.org/details/Spring_1970_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1971 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1971_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1972 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1972_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1973 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1973_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1974 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1974_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1975 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1975_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1976 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1976_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1977 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1977_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1978 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1978_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1979 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1979_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1980 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1980_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1981 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1981_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1982 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1982_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1983 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1983_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1984 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1984_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1985 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1985_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1986 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1986_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1987 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1987_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1988 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1988_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1989 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1989_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1990 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1990_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1991 https://archive.org/details/Winter_1991_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1992 https://archive.org/details/1992_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1993 https://archive.org/details/1993_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1994 https://archive.org/details/1994_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1995 https://archive.org/details/1995_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1996 https://archive.org/details/1996_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
1997 https://archive.org/details/1997_Radio_Amateur_Callbook
The 1997 Callbook--the 75th edition--was the last hard-copy version available


Foreign

https://archive.org/details/Winter_1962_Foreign_Amateur_Callbook
https://archive.org/details/Summer_1965_Foreign_Amateur_Callbook
https://archive.org/details/Fall_1969_Foreign_Amateur_Callbook
https://archive.org/details/Winter_1972_Foreign_Amateur_Callbook
https://archive.org/details/Winter_1978_Foreign_Amateur_Callbook
https://archive.org/details/Winter_1981_Foreign_Amateur_Callbook
https://archive.org/details/Winter_1988_Foreign_Amateur_Callbook
https://archive.org/details/Winter_1992_Foreign_Radio_Callbook


Supplemental Info:

https://archive.org/details/HamRadioLicenseChanges

https://archive.org/details/AnOverviewOfAmateurCallsings-PastAndPresent - QST 1994

https://archive.org/details/AmateurRadioLicenseStatistics - Numbers compiled by W3HF for the pre-ULS era


Tracking down and getting copies of the missing early 1930's - 1940's callbooks is going to be difficult. 

It appears Cornell.edu has a collection of call books from 1930-1950:  http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/EAD/pdf_guides/RMM02341.pdf  It would be awesome if someone could convince them to have them digitized as part of the google book project or something similar.  (Turns out they only have: Winter 38-39, Winter 39-40, and Winter 41-42)

Other reported entities having the older call books: QCWA, ARRL, etc.  If you a member with some pull, try and convince them to digitize these for benefit of all.