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.
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.).
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.
Gift of J. Thomas Forrest, 2/11/2011
Arranged, described, inventoried, & finding aid by Ralph L. Scott, 4/23/2012; revised & encoded by Jonathan Dembo, 11/16/2012
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.