Marlin's Columbia Photography Negatives

These photo studio negatives, formerly held by the CREHST Museum, have been put into storage until a plan is developed to decide how to preserve them. These negatives were destined to be destroyed but were salvaged by a generous contribution from Technical Training Mall LLC ( If you are interested in helping with the development of a plan to preserve this collection contact Susan Davis Faulkner at .

This collections contains about 49,000 photo packets dated May 1950 to April 2007. The packets have been indexed under each name found on or in the negative packet. There are 49,675 names. To check this resource, search on the person's name using the search box below or open the page for the proper letter and scan the list of names. The location provided is that of the person initiating the photo request. It could be a current location or in the some cases (e.g. wedding) it could be a future location.

Guidance for searching:

  • Because only a surname is sometimes provided or the name was recorded as Mr Smith or Dr Jones, consider all entries for a surname.
  • Student annual pictures were filed under their first name, their father's first name or their mother's first name.
  • Weddings are often but not always found under the bride's name and the groom's name.
  • Family Gatherings may include the names for several generations.
  • Sometimes photos were paid for by someone other than the person commissioning the service. At other times copies of photos were delivered to more than one person.

While each packet is listed at least once and sometimes multiple times in the alphabetical index below, there are several groups of photos that may be difficult to locate if you scan for a name. Included in this group are:

  • Business photos. They are often filed under the name of the business. Scan for them in the alphabetical list by the first word of the name, e.g., use “auto” to search for “Auto Supply Machinery Co.”. Or scan the whole collection of business related photos on a single page.
  • Church photos are also difficult to locate. Scan for them in the alphabetical list by the first word of the church name. Or scan the whole collection of church related photos on a single page.
  • Scan the small collection of other difficult to locate photos. This is a collection of photos where non-name information gleaned from the packet may help you identify a photo you are interested in. For example, if the person you are searching for received an award, was homecoming queen, etc. you may find that photo in this collection even though we may not know the name of the person photographed.

For more information about the types of photographs included, the cities included and the years photos were taken, see Type Summary, City of Residence Summary, and Photo Year Summary.

Search our site:

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or choose the first letter of the last name to scan the list of names manually.

A-Al | Am-Az | Ba-Bh | Bi-Bo | Br-Bz | Ca-Ci | Cl-Co | Co-Cz | Da-De | Dh-Dy | E | Fa-Fl | Fn-Fu | Ga-Gl | Go-Gy | Ha | He-Hl | Ho-Hy | I | J | Ka-Ka | Kj-Kz | La-Le | Li-Ly | Ma | Mc | Me-Mi | Mo-My | N | O | Pa-Pe | Pf-Py | Q | Ra-Rl | Ro-Ry | Sa-Se | Sh-Sl | Sm-Sq | St | Su-Sz | Ta-Th | Ti-Ty | U | V | Wa-We | Wh-Wi | Wo-Wy | X | Y | Z |

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