About the Callahan Photograph Collection, Eastern Shore Public Library

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The Doran S. Callahan collection of Eastern Shore photographs was donated to the Eastern Shore Public Library by Mrs. Doran S. Callahan (Ruby I.) on May 5, 1974. The photographs were collected by Doran Callahan's father, Griffin Clay Callahan, and complement a collection of printed historical materials donated to the Onancock High School library and later transferred to the Eastern Shore Public Library. The photographic images represent a variety of scenes from Accomack and Northampton Counties. Subjects include homes, churches, courthouses and other buildings, landmarks, and gravestones. Some of the buildings depicted no longer exist.

The Callahan Family

Doran S. Callahan (1892-1971) was an eleventh generation descendant of Sir George Yeardley (1587-1627), Governor of Virginia and organizer of the General Assembly at Jamestown in 1619. The first Callahan on the Eastern Shore was the Reverend Griffin Callahan (1759-1833), a native of Talbot County, Maryland. He was admitted to the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Church on September 18, 1788, as a traveling minister. He served for forty-five years mainly on the Eastern Shore.

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Punctuation and capitalization are disregarded. Entries in this database are arranged in letter-by-letter alphabetical order. In addition to the regular searches, you may click on any highlighted element of a database record (such as a subject) to initiate a search on that element. Each record in the Doran S. Callahan Photograph Collection database consists of:

Titles consist of very brief descriptions of the photograph such as West House and store [graphic]. The information in the title field is taken from an unpublished finding aid compiled by Miles Barnes.

The date the photograph was taken (if known) is recorded in the database record. Dates are keyword searchable. (Note that in most cases date information is not available.) Examples of dates are:

When information is available on the photograph in addition to the title, it is recorded in a note. Additional descriptive information has been provided based on printed resources. All of the information in the notes is keyword searchable.

Examples of notes:

Image Numbers
Image numbers, based on the numbers listed in the finding aid, were assigned to the photographs as they were cataloged and are visible only in the MARC display.  These numbers are keyword-searchable.

Example: image numbers:

The image number must always contain "ES/" plus 3 digits.

Subject Headings
Each record contains one or more subject headings. Words found within subject headings are keyword searchable.

Example: Subject Heading Searches:

Click on the URL at the top of the full record display to view the digitized image.

Locating Photographs by Place

There are three methods of locating photographs by place name:

For more detailed help with searching, click on the "Help" link on the main search screen and scroll down to "Search Functions" and "Search Tips."

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