On June 12, 2017, the Chattanooga History Center transferred legal title, copyright, trademark, and applicable literary property rights of it's collections to the Center's collections to the Chattanooga Public Library (CPL) and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). All inquiries about the collection, including digital image requests, should be directed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at email@example.com. Researchers using digital copies of the images should credit the images as follows, "Courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections."
The Chattanooga History Collections online features 3,700 photographs, museum objects, printed ephemera, audio recordings, films, and many other formats. Please note this is only a portion of the total collection. To request access to materials not included in our online content, please Make an Appointment with UTC's Special Collections, which is free and open to the public! Driving directions, parking information, and more are listed on the Special Collections Hours and Location page.
To get started, select any of the popular Topics listed below. You can also scroll down to see additional search tips.
The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.
The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.
The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.
The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.