The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Public Library are proud to assume ownership of the collections of the recently-folded Chattanooga History Center. The materials are accessible to the public in the George Connor Special Collections Reading Room located on the 4th floor of the UTC Library. All inquiries about the collection should be directed to the UTC Special Collections' Ask an Archivist service. To access to materials not included in the 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.
Researchers my also consult this digital library, which is a representative sampling of the Chattanooga History Collections featuring more than 3,700 photographs, objects, recordings, print ephemera, and newspaper clippings originally digitized by the Chattanooga History Center. Please note this is only a portion of the total collection. You may request high resolution copies of images available on this website, which are offered free of charge. 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."
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.