Chattanooga History Center

Chattanooga History Center Announces Plans to Strengthen Its Collection

Chattanooga, Tenn. (Jan. 20, 2017) – The Board of Directors of the Chattanooga History Center announced its plans to remove certain items that are duplicates or unrelated to the Center's collecting mission. The Board voted to conduct this action in order to strengthen its overall historical collection.

This review is common practice among museums and provides a way to determine whether or not a certain item fits within the overall scope and mission of the museum.

In conducting this review, the Board learned many items were collected decades ago when the institution's collections did not have a Chattanooga-specific focus and thus do not tell Chattanooga's rich history. The Board also stressed that the Center is NOT deaccessioning any items that are part of its core collection.

A list of donors affected by this decision are posted at the link below. The CHC encourages donors to retrieve objects scheduled for removal. Satisfactory evidence must be presented in order to claim the objects, such as the original deed of gift or personal identification. If the donor is deceased but his/her heirs are interested in acquiring the object, then a family relationship must be proven as well as a right to inherit.

The deadline for contacting the Chattanooga History Center is Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. After this deadline, all remaining artifacts will be disposed of as determined by the CHC's Board.

Please call 423-265-3247 or email us: Please be patient with response time as our staff is only part time and not available every day of the week.


Thank you for visiting the Chattanooga History Center's website. The Center is not open to the public at this time; however, the CHC Collection remains intact and is regularly maintained.

The Board and staff are greatly appreciative of our donors, corporations, volunteers, and hours of work by so many who are interested in cataloging, digitizing, and preserving the collection. This work continues under the guidance of Marie Bourassa Cullis, Curator of Collections.

After working with River City Company to satisfy our debts, the property is now under their ownership and control. The Board sincerely hopes that this situation will resolve itself so that both citizens and visitors may enjoy this excellent collection in the not-too-distant future.

Please visit our Digital Archives site via the link below!


Chattanooga History Center
PO Box 4464
Chattanooga, TN 37405

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Photo: Matthew C. Miller Digital Collection