From the Jones Library

You may have noticed that most of the photographs in this issue are credited to The News & Advance. In 2002, the newspaper generously donated a significant portion of its photo archive to the Jones Memorial Library—the largest single collection of photographs ever given to the research facility.

A few of the images date back to the early twentieth century when the paper’s predecessors, The News and The Daily Advance, relied on freelancers to cover local stories. But the bulk of the collection, which ranges from the 1940s to the 1980s, represents the work of professional in-house journalists, including: Fred Knight, Jimmy Ripley, George Smith, Aubrey Wiley, Wyatt Mays, and Robert Martin.

Lynch’s Ferry’s publisher, Nancy Blackwell Marion, cataloged the collection and scanned approximately 3,000 of the photographs and accompanying captions. The library maintains a copy of the catalog for patrons to peruse. Researchers are also welcome to make an appointment with Ms. Marion.

Jones Memorial Library is one of the largest libraries in the Commonwealth of Virginia specializing in local history and genealogy and attracting researchers from throughout the United States and abroad. The Library is a privately endowed public research facility supported only by the proceeds of a small endowment and gifts and grants from friends. It is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available for public use the historical and genealogical records of a wide area. While the primary focus of the collection is Lynchburg and the Central Virginia area, records are also available for the remainder of the state, as well as surrounding states. Although the materials in the collections may be used by the public without charge, some additional services may incur small fees to offset costs. For more information call 434 846-0501 or visit

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