A few years back, we began a project to digitize and preserve the history of the GTO Association of America. This process is not yet complete and it certainly has not been easy. We had a large number of duplicate issues of The Legend magazine from 1986 to 1997. The scanning process performed optical character recognition (OCR) to make text in the document searchable. The scanning process also involves cutting apart and destroying the magazines unfortunately. We also have a collection of past issues starting in 2005 that were already in PDF format.
Currently we have 139 past issues from 1986 to 2009 online in a searchable format. The search form can be found here and allows you to search for words or phrases. The search results are in the form of PDF files available for download. The “Raw Text” link also allows you to see the text we have indexed in the search engine. The PDF files are the entire issue for that month. Feel free to download or print it off (for personal use). When you open the PDF file on your computer, you can use the “Find” function in the PDF software to narrow down where your search phrase is located inside the issue.
If you have past issues that you wish to donate with the knowledge that they can not be returned, please let us know. The goal is to get as many past issues as we can in order to preserve this history!