Cumberland University


Vise Library Hosts Historic Photography Exhibit

A collection of rarely seen historic photographs will be on exhibit at Cumberland University's Vise Library from Sunday, March 15 through Friday, April 10, according to Vise Library Director Eloise Hitchcock.

Taken by Isaac William Pleasant (I.W.P.) Buchanan, the photographs show the people and places of Lebanon, Tenn. during the early 1900s, including family members, house servants and the local buildings of the period.

Hitchcock said the decision to host the historic photography exhibit, entitled Looking Through the Lens of Time: Photographs of I.W.P. Buchanan, came almost instantly once the original glass plate negatives were discovered during a recent reorganization of the Vise Library's Stockton Archives.

"They (the glass plates) were a donation from one of Cumberland's past benefactors, Dr. Virginia Lockmiller. Dr. Lockmiller was a long-time trustee at Cumberland," Hitchcock said. "Upon investigation, we found that the photographs were taken by I.W.P. Buchanan, a graduate of Cumberland University (A.B. 1885, Ph.D. 1892). Dr. Buchanan served as head of Cumberland's mathematics department from 1894 until 1898, when he was named the first headmaster of Castle Heights Military Academy here in Lebanon."

Buchanan's photographs provide "valuable insight" into the lifestyle of a bygone era, she continued.

"The Doris and Harry Vise Library is happy to share this historical resource with the entire community. We are grateful to the staff of the Tennessee State Library and Archives for digitizing the images and providing prints of these selected photographs," Hitchcock said.

Vise Library is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.; on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.; and on Sundays from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.