The Cleveland Public Library SETDA Collection contains photographs from Bradley County, Tennessee from the late 19th century through the 20th century. It contains formal studio poses, cabinet cards, tintypes, school photos, candid shots and family and estate pictures. The subjects include local businesses, schools, churches, clubs and organizations, homes, military photos, monuments and historical sites.
Among Bradley County's earliest photographers were Bud Steed, H.B. Anderson and J.M. Stanfield. Their studio was on Ocoee Street, in downtown Cleveland. Many of the later photographs in this collection were taken by Hans Ditlev Wilger (1883-1874), James S. Hancock (1882-1975) and Hal Munck (1921-2005).
Of special interest is the small collection of tintypes, part of the Ramsey Family Papers. These photographs are the popular "Bon ton" size and were made by creating a positive image on a sheet of metal that had been blackened by painting, lacquering, or enameling.