This collection consists of original photographs, photographic prints (copies), negatives and proof sheets (ca. 1890-1900, 1950s -1970s) documenting history in and around the area of Murfreesboro, North Carolina. These consist primarily of images of businesses, buildings, boats and ferries, mills, cemeteries and gravestones, architectural features of interest, churches, schools, people and historical houses.
The Murfreesboro Historical Association, Inc. was chartered in 1966. It had no property but it did have a small group of enthusiastic members determined to save the historic heritage of the town. Today, the Murfreesboro Historical Association has more than 300 members and its holdings include ten historic buildings, three museums and two cemeteries.
The mission of the Murfreesboro Historical Association, Inc. is to preserve and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Town of Murfreesboro, North Carolina. In fulfilling this mission, the Association encourages and supports actively the acquisition, restoration, and rehabilitation of significant historic properties throughout the local areas as well as the revitalization of the Town's older neighborhoods and central business district.
The Association collects, researches and preserves historical objects and artifacts that relate directly to the cultural values of the area. These objects, displayed in museum settings, form an educational resource through which their meaning can be made clear in historic context. They are offered to the public to illustrate realistically the broad patterns, themes, and trends that constitute Murfreesboro's history.
Source: The Murfreesboro Historical Association's Website http://www.murfreesboronc.org/murfreesboronc.org/about.htm
Included in the collection are original photographs, photographic prints (copies), negatives and proof sheets (circa 1950s-1970s) documenting history in and around the area of Murfreesboro, North Carolina. The images consist primarily of historic structures (including churches schools and houses), modes of transportation, cemeteries and gravestones and people involved in everyday life activities. Of particular interest, are detailed images of architectural features inside and outside many of the historic structures featured. While there are a small number of images of historical documents and paintings, the bulk of the images in this collection are modern photographs of the historic buildings in and around Murfreesboro in various states of restoration throughout the mid-20th century. Please see the Container List for details.
NOTE: Many images in this collection remain unidentified. If anyone feels they may be of assistance in helping us identifying them, please contact any of our staff members.
Also, The Paul Ronald Jenkins Collection, currently on permanent loan by the Murfreesboro Historical Association at Albemarle Regional Library in Winton, North Carolina, should also be mentioned. This collection has similar photographs to the Murfreesboro, North Carolina, Historic Photographs Collection. We believe that there is some overlap of similar images, and possibly even some identical images in both collections. The Elizabeth Sewell Parker Memorial Library (Murfreesboro branch of ARL) is the actual holding library of the collection. If you have questions regarding either collection, please contact either institution's staff for further assistance. The Paul Ronald Jenkins Collection homepage can be located at the following link.
Gift of Murfreesboro Historical Association
Encoded by Apex Data Services
Processed by: Coleen Allen (container list), 2011
Dale Sauter (description), 2011
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.