The Fayetteville Public Library is working hard to create the most complete digital resource for historical images our city has ever seen, but they need your help to make it happen.
The library will host the second photo scanning event on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 2-5 p.m. in hopes of gathering as many historical photos, letters, diary entrees, or other items of interest as possible. The items will go towards Project Fayetteville, the digital image archive they’ve been working on, as well as the upcoming Fayetteville documentary, “Up Among The Hills.”
To help, all you have to do is fill out this permission to use form, and bring your old photo albums to the library on Saturday. FPL staff will scan them immediately, and hand them back to you.
This time around, the library is looking specifically for historical photos of Fayetteville schools (elementary and secondary schools, University of Arkansas, etc.) places of worship, and businesses, though they will accept any photos of Fayetteville historical significance.
A similar event was held last month, and so far, the library has gathered some pretty sweet old photos.
Here are some examples of what they’ve found so far. Got any old photos like this?
A view from Fayetteville in 1906, courtesy of Patricia Beland
Benjamin & Rebecca Davidson house at 128 E. Davidson, submitted by Bonnie Davis
Don Hahn & Etta Wood at Mitchell Grocery Store on Hill St., submitted by Martha Hogan Estes
A Fayetteville Fire Department truck, submitted by Fire Chief David Dayringer
A view of Fayetteville from 1906. Postcard submitted by Patricia Beland
A newspaper clipping from Arkansas Gazette, December 1917
FPL Call for Photos
Date:Saturday, Jan. 22
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Location: Walker Community Room (inside Fayetteville Public Library)
More info: ProjectFayetteville.org