Earlier this month, a fundraising campaign was launched to help a local history organization purchase and archive a private collection of more than 50 unpublished photos of Chattanooga. The photos depicted life in Chattanooga in the early 1900s.

Organizers with Picnooga, the organization who purchased the original glass plate negatives, have since discovered more than 100 additional negatives associated with the collection.

They are seeking public help to purchase the remaining photos from the online vendor.

“We’ve been able to partially fund the incoming batch but need help as we did with the first,” said Picnooga founder David Moon. “Overall, there might be as many as 200 images in the collection, which is a significant discovery in understanding Chattanooga’s history.”

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Click here to read a previous Nooga.com article about the discovery.

Picnooga is once again offering an opportunity for local history enthusiasts to “adopt” the photographs for $15 each, $25 for two or $50 for five. Each adoptee will receive a high quality scan of an image and an exclusive look at the collection online before it’s released to the public.

The adoption page can be found here. It will close on Jan. 28 or when funding goals are met.

According to Moon, once the original glass plate negatives are scanned they will be donated to “a local library or institution to be stored under archival best practices.”

Glass plate negatives are the original source of each photograph, offering the highest resolution possible.

Picnooga has released several more photos from the collection to Nooga.com for this article. The three latest photos-seen below-depict Chattanooga’s Bluff View Arts District, the Walnut Street Bridge and a class photo, believed to have been taken between 1900 and 1905.

Previously released photos are also below.




A couple relaxes in an area believed to be White Oak Cemetery. Notice the dog? (Photo: Contributed)

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