Old Amateur Radio Call Books and ARRL Handbooks
1906 -1997
Most are searchable, depending of quality of OCR.
 
Sources    73 - Lee - K8CLI
                 
  1906 Oct Early Radio History Website   1953 Fall 305 Meg  
  1909 May 0.3 Meg   1954 Spring 200 Meg  
  1909 May 3.0 Meg   1955 Fall 145 Meg  
  1910 May 12 Meg   1956 Spring 165 Meg  
  1911 May 3.0 Meg   1957 Fall 330 Meg  
  1912 Note 1 Not  available   1958 Summer 840 Meg  
  1913 May 13  Meg     1959 Spring 460 Meg, USA  
  1914 May 12  Meg   1959 Spring 300 Meg, Foreign  
  1914 July 43  Meg     1960 Winter 220 Meg  
  1915 July 43  Meg     1961 Fall 705 Meg  
  1916 July 117 Meg   1962 Fall 475 Meg, USA  
  1917
1919

Note 2

Not  available   1962 Winter 305 Meg, Foreign  
  1919 Dec 03 Meg   1963 Summer 270 Meg  
  1920 June 20 Meg     1964 Fall 580 Meg  
  1921 June 100 Meg   1965 Summer 255 Meg  
  1922 May 35 meg     1966 Spring 750 Meg  
  1922 June 175 Meg   1967 Fall 295 Meg  
  1922 November 25  Meg     1968 Spring 990 Meg  
  1923 June 50  Meg     1968 Summer 1.1 Gig  
  1923 May    Nov 40  Meg     1968 Winter 1.0 Gig  
  1924 May 07  Meg     1969 Fall 910 Meg  
  1924 June 70  Meg    1970 Spring 300 Meg  
  1925 Summer 65  Meg    1971 Fall 295 Meg  
  1926 Annual 30  Meg    1972 Winter 310 Meg  
  1926 June 85  Meg    1973 Winter 520 Meg  
  1927 June 60  Meg    1974 Winter 1.0 Gig  
  1927 June 165 Meg   1975 Winter 830 Meg  
  1928 September 107 Meg   1976 Winter 1.3 Gig  
  1928 June 275 Meg   1977 Winter 325 Meg  
  1929 June 70   Meg    1978 Winter 480 Meg  
  1930 June 445 Meg    1979 Winter (0-4)
Winter (5-9)
760 Meg
790 Meg
 
  1931 June 280 Meg   1980 Winter 450 Meg  
  1933 Spring 190 Meg   1981 Winter 505 Meg  
  1934 Fall   90 Meg   1982 Winter 460 Meg  
  1935 Spring 100  Meg   1983 Winter 295 Meg  
  1936 Spring   70 Meg   1984 Winter 470 Meg  
  1937 Fall 145 Meg   1985 Winter 460 Meg  
  1938 Spring   70  Meg   1986 Winter 520 Meg  
  1939 Spring 200 Meg   1987 Winter 1.4  Gig  
  1940 Spring  60  Meg   1988 Winter 520 Meg  
  1941 Spring
Winter
340 Meg
225 Meg
  1989 Winter 540 Meg  
  1942
1945

Note 3

Not available   1990 Winter 1.4  Gig  
  1946 Summer 125 Meg   1991 Winter 560 Meg  
  1947 Fall 265 Meg   1992 Winter 610 Meg  
  1948 Fall 145 Meg   1993 Winter 650 Meg  
  1949 Summer 195 Meg, USA   1994 Winter 1.2 Gig  
  1949 Summer 135 Meg, Foreign   1995 Winter 760 Meg  
  1950 Summer 555 Meg    1996 Winter 800 Meg  
  1951 Spring 110 Meg   1997 Winter 840 Meg  
  1952 Fall 765 Meg          
       

       

  ARRL - Amateur Radio Handbooks

  1931 58 Meg            
  1936 37 Meg            
  1941 78 Meg            
  1968 49 Meg            
  1974 43 Meg            
  1976 90 Meg            
  1977 137 Meg            
  1981 57 Meg            
  1985 Link Only            

Note 1: Amateur radio licensing began in 1912 and required 5 WPM code. The Bureau of Navigation, a division of the Department of Commerce, regulated United States radio until the 1927 formation of the Federal Radio Commission. In 1934 the Federal Communications Commission succeeded the FRC.

Note 2: Amateur Radio was shut down for the duration of World War I and the Department of Commerce cancelled all amateur licenses. Consequently hams lost their call signs that were issued just a few years earlier. After the war amateurs were relicensed with new call signs rather than their previously held call signs.

Note 3: Amateur Radio was shut down on December 7, 1941 because of WWII as it was in other countries of the world for the duration of the conflict.


Sources
and recommended websites

Most call books are from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and consolidated into one document for ease of searching. Sources include the Wireless Blue Book of the Wireless Association of America, Amateur Radio Stations-US Commerce Department (Radio Division) and Radio Amateur Call Book Magazine.

U.S. Amateur Radio Call Sign Lookups from University of Arkansas at Little Rock   (Mirrors FCC Database)

An Overview of Amateur Call Signs Past and Present
By: Phil Sager WB4FDT and Rick Palm K1CE, QST, May 1994

Ham Radio License Changes Over The Years by: Tom Hashem, KA1F

How to Find Old Amateur Radio Call Signs by Richard P. Clem, W0IS

Early Radio History by Thomas H. White

Foot note: This listing began from necessity. I am with the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting Museum and we have a huge archives. Often items are donated by hams. Consequently, we need to determine details about the donor using their call sign and it became a nuisance to locate accurate information about an amateur radio call sign. Assembling this list has been a big help to me and other archivists at the museum.

BTW, if you ever get to Cincinnati stop in and see us. See the Museum website for hours of operation. Let me know you're coming and I will try to be there to explain some of the exhibits.  73, Lee, K8CLI, Email

Leland Hite (Lee) K8CLI
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