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Welcome to the Oak Ridge Public Library Ruth Carey Photograph Collection

About this collection

 

Ruth Carey was a resident of Oak Ridge from its earliest years and her community roles were many and varied. As a prolific photographer, she recorded many civic events and cultural organizations, including the Oak Ridge Community Playhouse, the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, and the Oak Ridge Community Art Center. She also served as the official photographer and publicist for the city’s 50th Anniversary Celebration from September through December of 1992.

 

 

 

Mrs. Carey’s photography career began as a hobby, but evolved into an occupation. She worked for the newspaper, The Oak Ridger, for many years, covering official events such as June Brides, Easter Egg hunts and the annual WATTec conventions. She also took pictures of important personal events-weddings, anniversaries, bar and bat mitzvahs, for her friends and family.

 

 

 

These images were donated to the Library by Ellen Appel, Ms. Carey’s daughter, and were received in envelopes with 120 and 35mm negatives and boxes of printed photographs. This collection covers an extensive timeframe in Oak Ridge’s history, from the early 1960’s to April 1994. Notes on Originals may be notes from the back of printed photographs or from notes written on negative envelopes.

 

The Ruth Carey Photograph Collection displays images produced from film negatives.

 

 
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