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J. Thomas Forrest Photograph Collection, 1967-1988, 2006

(Manuscript Collection #1178)

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Title: J. Thomas Forrest Photograph Collection
Creator: Forrest, J. Thomas
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Compact Disc (ca. 1965-1988, 2006) made in 2006, containing digital images from the J. Thomas Forrest Photograph Collection, documenting Greenville, North Carolina, including the offices of the Daily Reflector newspaper taken by Mr. Forrest, who was chief photographer for the Daily Reflector for twenty-eight years beginning in 1965; images also aerial and ground level views of Greenville's central business district, including construction undertaken by the Greenville Redevelopment Commission; Old Austin Building at East Carolina University; & aspects of the operation of the Daily Reflector; also printed versions of the images.
Extent: 0.15 Cubic feet, 2 archival folders; 29 items, 1 compact disc; 28 photographic prints, color & black & white; images #1178.1.b.05 and #1178.1.b.25 are duplicates

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Accessions Information

February 17, 2011, (unprocessed) 0.015 cubic feet, 1 item; 1 compact disc containing digital images of Greenville, N.C., and the offices of the Daily Reflector (ca. 1967-1988). Images depict the central business district, including construction undertaken by the Greenville Redevelopment Commission; Old Austin Building at East Carolina University; and aspects of the operation of the Daily Reflector. Donor: J. Thomas Forrest.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Images may be made available to the public for enjoyment and study, but permission to publish the images must be requested from the donor during his lifetime; thereafter, the library may make these images freely available for publication.

Preferred Citation

J. Thomas Forrest Photograph Collection (#1178), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of J. Thomas Forrest, 2/11/2011

Processing Information

  • Arranged, described, inventoried, & finding aid by Ralph L. Scott, 4/23/2012; revised & encoded by Jonathan Dembo, 11/16/2012


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J. Thomas Forrest was born in Greenville, North Carolina on 25 February 1949. Forrest is a 1967 graduate of J. H. Rose High School, Greenville, N.C., where he served as School Photographer and operator of the school sound system during events). He joined the Daily Reflector newspaper in 1965 and worked there for 28 years as the chief photographer. Forrest attended courses at Pitt Community College in Architectural Design and Graphic Arts 1969-1971. In 1976 he received a General Class, amateur Radio License. While working for the Daily Reflector Forrest received numerous photography awards and citations. He ran the first color offset pages for the newspaper. His work is featured in publications such as: Our State and North Carolina Signature. In 1992 Forrest and his family moved to Greensboro, N.C., where he worked for the Jamestown News (1994-1996) and High Point Enterprise (1995-1999). While still in Greenville, he started Forrest Photography where he specialized in developing techniques for copying and restoring antique photographs. He added graphics to his business in 1994 and the business is called Forrest Photography & Graphics. He has served as editor of Guilford Neighbors Magazine. From 1989 to 1992 he was Chief Ophthalmic Photographer for the White Ophthalmology Clinic (Greenville, N.C.).

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The J. Forrest Thomas Photograph Collection consists of a compact disc, made in 2006, containing 28 digital TIFF & JPEG images made from photographic prints taken ca. 1965-1988, by Mr. Forrest who was at that time chief photographer for the Greenville Daily Reflector newspaper, documenting the central business district and various buildings and scenes, including aerial, ground level, and interior views, of Greenville, North Carolina. The collection also includes a color print for each digital image on the compact disc. The collection is arranged in two series: SERIES I: COMPACT DISC SERIES II: PRINT OUT OF DIGITAL IMAGES ON COMPACT DISC

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Series 1:
Compact Disc, 2006
  • Box 1#1178.1
    • Folder a#1178.1.a
      Compact Disc (18 November 2006) containing J. Thomas Forrest: Old Greenville Photos and Old Photos of Daily Reflector; various resolutions and file types; including digital images of Greenville, North Carolina, including East Carolina University, Pitt Memorial Hospital, and interiors views of the Daily Reflector Building; made from photographic prints taken by the donor, who was chief photographer for the Greenville Daily Reflector newspaper, ca. 1967-1988. 1 compact disc. 28 images (21 JPEG and 7 TIFFs); 250 of 702 MB used. Note: Compact Disc labeled: Forrest Photography and Graphics, 4994 Heritage Woods Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407.
Series 2:
Print Outs of Digital Images on Compact Disc, 1965-1976
  • Box 1#1178.1 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    • Folder b#1178.1.b (27 items  digitized)
      • Alvin Taylor, Managing Editor, working in Daily Reflector office, Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; color; 1 item; 1 p.; 2779 x 1815 pixel jpeg image; 4.36 mb. Print P-1178.1.b.5. Note: Duplicate of 1178.1.b.25   (item #5)
      • Aerial shot of downtown Greenville  (item #02)

        Central Business District, Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (15 August 1974). Electronic copy from original photographic print; black and white; 3000 x 2400 pixel jpeg image; 2.23 mb. Note: Buildings on image show Brody's store, First State Bank Building and Five Points. Print P-1178.1.b.2

      • Aerial shot of downtown Greenville   (item #01)

        Central Business District, Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (15 August 1974). Electronic copy from original photographic print; black and white; 3000 x 2400 pixel jpeg image; 2.23 mb. Note: Buildings on image show Blount/Harvey and other stores. Print # P-1178.1.b.1

      • Aerial shot of downtown Greenville  (item #03)

        Central Business District, Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (15 August 1974). Electronic copy from original photographic print; black and white; 3000 x 2400 pixel jpeg image; 2.23mb. Note: Buildings on image show Brody's store, First State Bank Building and Five Points. Print P-1178.1.b.3

      • Aerial shot of downtown Greenville   (item #04)

        Central Business District, Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (October, 1970). Electronic copy from original photographic print; color; 3000 x 2400 pixel jpeg image; 2.23 mb. Note: Buildings on image show Brody's store, First State Bank Building, Blount/Harvey store, Pitt County Court House, Proctor Hotel and Five Points. Print P-1178.1.b.4

      • Alvin Taylor  (item #25)

        Alvin Taylor, Managing Editor, working in Daily Reflector office (209 Cotanche Street), Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2779 x 1815 pixel jpeg image; 4.36 mb. Print # P-1178.1.b.25. Note: Duplicate of 1178.1.b.05

      • Downtown Greenville Evans St.  (item #07)

        Downtown Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1969). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 3499 x 2340 pixel jpeg image; 7.70 mb. Note: View of Evans street facing south from 4th Street. Print P-1178.1.b.7

      • Evans Street Mall  (item #08)

        Evans Street Mall, Greenville North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. early 1970s). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 3471 x 2300 pixel jpeg image; 6.50 mb. Note: View of Evans street facing north from 4th Street. Print P-1178.1.b.8

      • Downtown Greenville  (item #06)

        Central Business District, Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1967). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; black and white; 2860 x 1671 pixel tiff image; 4.56 mb. Note: Buildings on image show Brody's store, Merit Shoes, Steinbeck's, Big Value Discount Drugs. Print P-1178.1.b.6

      • Greenville development area  (item #09)

        Town Common, Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1970). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; black and white; tiff image; 2838 x 2311 pixel 18.1 mb. Note: View facing east showing Tar River bulkhead under construction. Print # P-1178.1.b.9

      • Greenville development area   (item #10)

        Town Common, Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1970). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; black and white; 2231 x 2832 pixel tiff image; 18.1 mb. Note: View facing north showing Tar River bulkhead under construction using Link Belt pile driver LS108B. Print # P-1178.1.b.10

      • Greenville fire   (item #11)

        Warehouse Fire, Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (8 December 1965). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; black and white; 2256 x 1437 pixel tiff image; 18.1 mb. Note: Two firemen facing fire with building burning. Print # P-1178.1.b.11

      • Aerial of ECU medical campus  (item #12)

        Medical Complex, Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (May 1988). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 3606 x 2196 pixel tiff image; 22.7 mb. Note shows East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine Building, Pitt County Memorial Hospital Building (now Vidant Medical Center), Doctors' Park Building, Pitt County Office Building. Print # P-1178.1.b.12

      • Old Austin building  (item #13)

        Austin Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1967). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 3904 x 2612 pixel tiff image; 29.2 mb. Note: View facing south. Print # P-1178.1.b.13

      • Old Austin building  (item #14)

        Austin Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1967). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 3852 x 2586 pixel tiff image; 28.5 mb. Note: View facing south-west. Print # P-1178.1.b.14

      • Park Theater   (item #15)

        Park Theatre (114 West 5th Street), Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. early 1970s). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2526 x 2388 pixel jpeg image; 7.60 mb. Print # P-1178.1.b.15

      • Pitt County Memorial Hospital site  (item #16)

        Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, North Carolina, by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1969). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 3071 x 2253 pixel jpeg image; 4.44 mb. Print # P-1178.1.b.16

      • Working in the Daily Reflector office  (item #18)

        Daily Reflector Office (209 Cotanche Street) Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2770 x 1855 pixel jpeg image; 4.63 mb. Note: operators in front of Goss high-speed newspaper printing press. Press foreman Lynwood Owens at desk. Print # P-1178.1.b.18

      • Working in the Daily Reflector office  (item #19)

        Daily Reflector Office (209 Cotanche Street) Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2809 x 1875 pixel jpeg image; 5.0 mb. Note: office room where reporters and staff worked on Daily Reflector. From left to right: David Jordan Whichard, II, Rosalie Trotman, Society Editor, Jerry Raynor, Feature Editor. Print # P-1178.1.b.19

      • Working in the Daily Reflector office  (item #20)

        Daily Reflector Office (209 Cotanche Street) Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2782 x 1848 pixel jpeg image; 3.08 mb. Note: operator removing tape from CompuGraphic CG7200 composing machine. Print # P-1178.1.b.20

      • Working in the Daily Reflector office  (item #21)

        Daily Reflector Office (209 Cotanche Street) Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2757 x 1878 pixel jpeg image; 4.52 mb. Note: operator at composing table. Print # P-1178.1.b.21

      • Working in the Daily Reflector office  (item #22)

        Daily Reflector Office (209 Cotanche Street) Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2794 x 1857 pixel jpeg image; 4.02 mb. Note: operator at keyboard of CompuGraphic CG7200 composing machine. Print # P-1178.1.b.22

      • Working in the Daily Reflector office  (item #23)

        Daily Reflector Office (209 Cotanche Street) Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2782 x 1857 pixel jpeg image; 3.86 mb. Note: operator at keyboard of CompuGraphic CG7200 composing machine. Print # P-1178.1.b.23

      • Working in the Daily Reflector office  (item #24)

        Daily Reflector Office (209 Cotanche Street) Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2782 x 1872 pixel jpeg image; 4.61 mb. Note: Tom Baines, Business Editor at IBM Selectric typewriter in Daily Reflector office. Print # P-1178.1.b.24

      • Daily Reflector workers  (item #26)

        Ribbon Cutting of U.S. 264 by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1979 [possibly 31 March 1979]). Electronic copy from original photography print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2319 x 3462 pixel jpeg image; 7.81 mb. Note: Jerry Raynor, Daily Reflector writer at left and Alvin Taylor, managing editor at right. Print # P-1178.1.b.26

      • Working in the Daily Reflector office  (item #17)

        Daily Reflector Office (209 Cotanche Street) Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2794 x 1860 pixel jpeg image; 3.0 mb. Note operator inserting copy into CompuGraphic CG7200 composing machine. Print # P-1178.1.b.17

      • Working in the Daily Reflector office  (item #27)

        Daily Reflector Office (209 Cotanche Street) Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2761 x 1836 pixel jpeg image; 3.78 mb. Note: operators~ in front of negative light composing table. P-1178.1.b.27

      • Daily Reflector office  (item #28)

        Daily Reflector Office (209 Cotanche Street) Greenville, North Carolina by J. Thomas Forrest (ca. 1976). Electronic copy from original photographic print; 1 item; 1 p.; color; 2782 x 1860 pixel jpeg image; 4.42 mb. Note: composition board with dummy column headers in place. Mr. Forrest notes that "this was the spot where all the headers were kept. A sticky was used to paste the header to a layout and these were headed used frequently throughout the work." Print # P-1178.1.b.28

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