What’s Inside Your Shoebox?
Most of us have a shoebox or some other kind of container filled with old photos, clippings, and assorted memorabilia from our own lives and families.
You might have something in there that has distinct local importance and would also enhance KHP’s ability to tell a more comprehensive story of this special town. Old family photos might show interesting scenes or buildings. Posters and photos from musical shows here in Knoxville also have fascinating stories to tell, especially when coupled with others.
We are interested in all ages but more recent eras like the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80’ and even the ’90s are often decades not yet covered by local archives and collections.
Examples of recent Knoxville Shoebox treasures shared with us:
Ros Mol’s Knoxville in the early 1970’s featuring the Old City, L&N Station, and the 100 block of Gay Street
Louis Armstrong’s legendary jazz performance at the Jacob Building, 1957
Sam Furrow Knoxville Postcard Collection: hundreds of vintage postcards of old buildings, street scenes, bridges, UT, parks, Tennessee River, and much more.
Emory Place including the Old North Post Office
Logan Temple A.M.E. Zion Church cook book
Bearden in the 1970’s
Rock ‘n’ Roll show posters from the 1980’s
How does Knoxville Shoebox work?
We can take hi-res scans of your items and in return provide you with a thumb driving containing digital copies. You can come to the KHP office downtown or we can come to you. Framed pictures are difficult to scan, particularly behind glass but often a smart phone snapshot can work well.
If you have old photos or items that you would like to donate, KHP might be interested in accepting them for its own archive, or we can assist you in finding another local collection where they can be combined with other existing archives such as the McClung Historical Collection, University of Tennessee Library, or the Knox County Museum of Education.
For more information, please call the KHP office at 865-337-7723 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you for sharing your history collections with us!
Special thanks to the Aslan Foundation for programmatic support.