Tag Archives: Wiregrass Archives

It Came from the Archives: Country Life in Photos

June 18, 2018
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Modern hand tools’ handles are made on an industrial scale, often in small factories by machines running for hours at a time. This means they’re relatively inexpensive, readily available and easily replaceable (because the tool-making industry has created size standards).

But not long ago, when farm folks in particular had more time than cash, tool…

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It Came from the Archives: History through faith

May 24, 2018
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Local history is a funny thing. Unlike Great Britain, where local history is the subject of scholastic interest, in the U.S. it’s usually the concern of avocational historians who might not be trained in academic theory but who really know how to do the “spade work” required to dig deeply into the past of a…

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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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