Blake (Edward L.) Collection PI/2014.0007/Series I

This is a collection of photographs from the scrapbooks of Edward "Ed" Leonard Blake, Sr. (1925-2008), a journalist, public relations expert, and tree farmer, from Pocahontas, Mississippi. Mr. Blake served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then worked as editor of several central Mississippi newspapers, beat reporter with the Jackson Daily News, and Information Director for the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. Upon retirement in 1988, he continued to travel the state, to write, and to host school groups and family gatherings at his Springdale Hills Tree Farm and Arboretum, where he grew Christmas trees and other flora. Ed Blake was married to Charlotte Eleanor Claypoole Blake, and they had five children: Edward Jr. (Ned), Judy, Wendy, Cary, and Andy. He was an active, lifelong member of Pocahontas Baptist Church and leader of the church's first Boy Scout troop, 328. The photographs on the pages of these scrapbooks were primarily taken by Ed Blake but also collected by him from friends and family members. The images feature Mr. Blake's family, school and church activities, interesting characters from the region's history, and Mississippi's agriculture and wildlife. They document the destruction wrought by tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding, as well as the beauty of the rivers, forests, and beaches that can be found around the state, but mostly the communities of people of whom Ed Blake was a keen observer as well as an apparently enthusiastic participant.

General & Tech Data Catalog Record

Image Arrangement and Numbering

The photographic curator numbered the 1,544 scrapbook pages in the order they were received from Ed Blake. Pages without photographs (other than title cards) were not scanned for this project.

Technical Details

Original Scans: The original scans of the Blake (Edward L.) Collection were made in 2014, according to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees' approved imaging procedures, following ANSI/AIIM recommended practice. The images were scanned as uncompressed, 24-bit RGB TIFFs at 600 pixels per inch.

Conversion: For Web display, the original scans of the Blake (Edward L.) Collection were converted to JPEG tile sets.


There are no known restrictions on use of images within the Blake (Edward L.) Collection. MDAH asks that each image used in a presentation, display, or publication be accompanied by the following credit statement:

Credit: Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Publicity and Privacy Rights

MDAH alerts the user to the issue of publicity and privacy rights of subjects represented in these scans. Distinct from copyright, which concerns the owner of the intellectual content, publicity and/or privacy rights apply to individuals who did not sign a contract or release form giving the creator the legal right to use his/her likeness or personal information. Publicity and privacy rights also differ from copyright in that there are not exemptions for Fair Use or educational purposes. These rights are not regulated by federal law but by state statute and common law. When using images from this collection it is the patron's responsibility to determine whether privacy and publicity rights issues may exist and consider the mitigating factors.

Copy Availability

High-resolution TIFFs of the images may be purchased from MDAH. The MDAH Public Order procedure and fee schedule apply. Consult the Photoreproduction and Digital Imaging policy or contact MDAH Reference Staff for order options as well as information on how to obtain and complete the necessary Public Order forms: (601) 576 6876 or