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Herman Lamb photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-134
The Herman Lamb photographs collection contains photographic prints and negatives depicting Chattanooga, Tennessee ranging from the 1920s to the 1970s. The collection contains photographic prints and negatives regarding President Franklin D. Roosevelt's visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1940. Subjects also include scenes from Lookout and Signal Mountain. Also included in the collection are photographic prints of downtown Chattanooga from 1863 to 1979.


  • 1920-1970s

Language of Materials

This collection contains materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Herman Lamb photographs collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Herman Lamb photographs collection is in the public domain and may used without copyright restriction.


4.21 Linear Feet (11 Boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Herman Lamb (1917-2011) was a photographer native to Chattanooga, Tennessee. At the age of eight, Lamb discovered his passion for photography with his brother in their home darkroom. From that time, he began taking photos in and around his hometown. During World War II, Lamb was contracted by the military to photograph the Womens Army Corps (WAC). Lamb was actively involved in the Northside Baptist Church with his wife, Dorothy Lamb. The two opened the Camera Center on Eighth Street until their retirement in 1986. Many of Lamb's photographs have been featured in books, magazines, and postcards, including the History of Chattanooga, Encyclopedia Britannica, Popular Photography, American Home, Progressive Farmer, Southern Living, National Geographic, and the National Railway Historical Society Magazine. His collection includes photographic prints and negatives of downtown, landscapes, and events in Chattanooga from 1920 to 1970.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mary Fujii and Barbara Lamb, nieces of Chattanooga photographer Herman Lamb, donated the Herman Lamb photographs collection to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 2014 October 22.


Herman Lamb photographs
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections repository

615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 USA
(423) 425-4503