Monday, February 1, 2010
Suzanne Durham, head of Special Collections at the Ingram Library, and UWG alum Emma Elaine Dobbs, have produced a new book on Carrollton scheduled to be released on February 8 by Arcadia Publishing. “Carrollton” features a photo essay of the city as part of a “Then and Now” series. Durham is donating her share of the proceeds to benefit the library.
Durham has been an archivist for two decades in public and private libraries in Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. The former Special Collections Manager of the Biltmore House in Asheville has a personal interest in vintage photography. In 2003, she wrote “Petersburg” for a series titled “Images of America” also published by Arcadia Publishing.
In Special Collections, Durham manages collections of university history, national and state political history and local history. Some of the materials for the newest book came from the Benjamin Long Collection housed at Ingram.
Long was an insurance agent in Carrollton whose hobby was photography. He shot and collected photographs of the city and community and documented everyday life in the early 1900s through the 1950s and 1960s.
Dobbs graduated in December with a degree in photographic design. She studied with Perry Kirk and now owns her own photography business. Dobbs photographed scenes of Carrollton last year for a comparison to Long’s photographs of Carrollton decades ago. The book allows the reader to wax nostalgic and compare almost 100 street scenes as they were then and now.