Perspectives

It Came from the Archives: The Wiregrass Archives’ Oldest Photos

April 23, 2018
By Dr. Marty Olliff

The Wiregrass Archives didn’t intend to collect large quantities of photographs, but we have accumulated images in many 19th-and-20th-century formats – cased photos, glass-plate negatives, “tintypes,” panoramic prints, cabinet cards, as well as hundreds of paper prints, slides and negatives.

The oldest photographs in the Wiregrass Archives collections are ambrotypes in the Michael Matthews Collection…

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It Came from the Archives: Wiregrass women’s clubs

March 27, 2018
By Dr. Marty Olliff

The women’s club movement in the U.S. began in the 1890s and was closely associated with the New Woman of the Progressive Era though the movement lasted well into the post-World War II era. It continues today.

Local women – from the elite in the white community and fewer but more broadly based among African-Americans…

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