About this site

By enabling free and open access to our unique historic collections for the purpose of research, education, enjoyment, and creative endeavors, this site supports the Chattanooga Public Library's mission to be a catalyst for lifelong learning.  The materials presented here represent the cumulative labor of library staff and volunteers to scan, inventory, and describe thousands of items from the Library's historical collections and share them widely with the public, an effort that began in the early 2000s and continues today. 

Sensitive materials notice

The digital collections shared here are derived from physical collections held by the library, which are preserved and made accessible to the public as part of the historical record. Collection materials reflect the attitudes, social norms, and context of the time in which they were created and of those who created them, and therefore may contain content that is offensive, outdated, or harmful. Their presence on this site does not constitute any endorsement by the Library of the viewpoints or sentiments expressed within them. Such materials are made available as evidence for analyzing and understanding the challenging legacies of the past, and how those legacies impact and inform the present day.


High-resolution reproductions (digital files) of most items available on this site can be ordered for a fee. Contact us to inquire about rates and other details.

Use & copyright

When possible, Chattanooga Public Library will provide information on the copyright status of works that have been digitized and made available on this site. The nature of historical collections, however, is such that copyright status may be difficult to determine. The absence of explicit information on copyright is no guarantee, therefore, that a work is in the public domain, nor can the Library guarantee the accuracy of any information about copyright status that it does provide. Users interested in copying or using these materials are solely responsible for making independent legal assessments of an item's status in the arena in which it is to be used.

Take-down policy:  If you are a copyright holder of digitized material in the Library’s digital collections, and you believe our inclusion of this material in the digital collections violates your rights (e.g. inclusion is not covered under Fair Use or other exemptions), please contact us.