Bryan given Scopes pictures, negatives

June 4, 2014

weeksgift3smA collection of Scopes Trial photographs, negatives, and captions was presented to the Bryan College Archives this week.

Photographs, negatives and captions from coverage of the Scopes Trial. Bill Weeks, a freelance photographer from Ringgold, Ga., who formerly was chief photographer for the Chattanooga Times, gave the nine pictures to the college, saying, “This is where they belong.”

He explained that after the merger of the Chattanooga Times and the Chattanooga News Free Press in 1999 the two papers’ archives were merged. With the advent of digital photography, much of the archive was discarded. He and others were able to secure some of the discarded items that held personal interest.

The pictures, most of which duplicate items in the college’s collection of Scopes Trial pictures presented by the family of Dayton druggist and Bryan Trustee F.E. Robinson, show the courthouse, scenes from the crowded courtroom during the trial and images of individuals influential in the case.

Tom Davis, who coordinates Scopes-related matters for the college, said the collection is valuable in two ways. “This gift gives us negatives from the era of the trial, and it gives us a hint at what was of interest to a national publication years after the event,” he said.

“We’re very grateful to Mr. Weeks for thinking of us and helping us improve our collection in this way,” he said.