Gifted in 1993 to Community Foundation of Henderson County by the late Joseph “Jody” Egerton Barber and maintained at the Henderson County Public Library, the Baker-Barber Photographic Collection is a treasure trove of thousands of images documenting people, places and events in and around Henderson County from 1884 to the mid-1990s.
The collection's images illustrate the changing face of our community through the years and include pictures of rural life, urbanization, transportation, recreation, tourism, families, businesses, news events, and formal portraits of area residents. Some of the collection's images can be viewed at the Henderson County Public Library's website.
A renewed effort is underway with a dedicated group of volunteers to digitally scan, catalog and identify images in the Baker-Barber Photographic Collection, and there are several ways you can help with this endeavor.
Consider Contributing to the Baker-Barber Fund at CFHC
The collection is largely self-supporting. The library covers staff time, storage space and technical support. Any special projects must be funded elsewhere. The Baker-Barber Photographic Collection Endowment Fund is held at the Community Foundation to help preserve, maintain and showcase the collection.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to this fund through the online form below. You also can make a credit card donation by calling (828) 697-6224. Contributions also can be made by mailing a check with "Baker-Barber Photographic Collection Endowment Fund" in the memo line to: Community Foundation of Henderson County, PO Box 1108, Hendersonville, NC 28793.
You also can order copies of any of the Baker-Barber photographs by contacting Special Collections Librarian Mark Burdette by email or at (828) 697-4725. All proceeds from these sales also go into the Baker-Barber Photographic Collection Endowment Fund at CFHC.