J. Thomas Forrest Photograph Collection

1967-1988, 2006
Manuscript Collection #1178
Creator(s)
Forrest, J. Thomas
Physical description
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
Preferred Citation
J. Thomas Forrest Photograph Collection (#1178), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

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.


Biographical/historical information

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.).


Scope and arrangement

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.


Administrative information
Custodial History

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.

Source of acquisition

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

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.


Container list
Box 1 Folder 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
Box 1 Folder b Item 5 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