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Herman Lamb photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-134

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographic prints and negatives depicting Chattanooga, Tennessee ranging from the 1920s to the 1970s, including photographs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's visit to Chattanooga, in 1940. Subjects depicted also include scenes from Lookout and Signal Mountains, views of downtown Chattanooga, and images of a variety of buildings, people, and events.


  • Creation: 1920-1970s

Language of Materials

This collection contains materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.

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.


4.49 Linear Feet (12 containers)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at

Processing Information

Processing of this collection is complete.

Herman Lamb photographs
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Collection Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collection Area

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
c/o Special Collections
600 Douglas Street
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 United States