Welcome to the CHC Digital Archives!

On June 12, 2017, the Chattanooga History Center transferred legal title, copyright, trademark, and applicable literary property rights to the Center's collections to the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. All inquiries about the collection should be directed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at archives@utc.edu.

We have over 3,700 images and artifacts ready for you to search. Please note this is only a portion of our total collection. New records are added weekly and we encourage you to explore our site and return often! To get started, select any of the Popular Searches below. You can also scroll down to see additional search tips.

Popular Searches

Chattanooga Sit-ins and desegregation
The Paul A. Hiener Collection
The Chattanooga Lookouts, Joe Engel, and Engel Stadium
Chattanooga News-Free Press Collection
Chattanooga Fire Department Collection
Matthew C. Miller Collection of Civil War era letters and photographs
The Picnooga Collection
The William C. King Collection
Crutchfield letters collection
Jimmy Hoffa trial
Chattanooga Theatre Center Collection
Hamilton County Department of Education Collection
Spanish American War
Continental Film Productions Collection
Golden Gateway and Urban Renewal
Roy Tuley Photography
Bob Sherrill Photography
The Elsworth Brown Collection
Bill Brock
Brock Candy Company
Lovell Field
Chattanooga Venture
American Lava Corporation
Wheland Foundry
Foundry photograph collection
Theodore R. Davis drawings
Miller Brothers Department Store
Wade Brown Company
Sandlin Baseball Collection
American National Bank
Crisman Hardware
The Fairyland Club
Signal Mountain

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

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.

Advanced Search

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.

Random Images

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.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

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.