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Looking Through the Lens of Time: Photographs of I.W.P. Buchanan


Looking Through the Lens of Time:

Photographs of I.W.P. Buchanan,

Lebanon, circa 1900 

Doris & Harry Vise Library

Cumberland University 

  March 15-April 10, 2009 

Reception: Tuesday, March 17    4:30-6:30 p.m.

While cleaning out the Stockton Archives last summer, we came across a box of over 60 glass plate negatives.  They were a donation from one of Cumberland’s past benefactors Dr. Virginia Lockmiller, a long-time trustee of the University. 

Upon investigation we found that the photographs were taken by Isaac William Pleasant Buchanan, a graduate of Cumberland University (A.B. 1885, Ph.D. 1892) and the Head of the Mathematics Department from 1894 to 1898 before becoming the first Headmaster at Castle Heights Academy.  Although there was little detail about the subjects depicted in the photographs, they are primarily family members and house servants.  The images show scenes of the people and places of Lebanon during the early 1900s, including the local buildings of the period.

I.W.P. Buchanan’s photographs provide valuable insight into the lifestyle of a time long past.  The Doris and Harry Vise Library is happy to be sharing this historical resource with the entire community. We are grateful to the staff of the Tennessee State Library and Archives who digitize the images and provided prints of these selected photographs.