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If a picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes, then the new Tennessee Tech University photo history book is beyond economical.

Combining concise historical information and more than 200 photos of TTU — some of which are dated as early as 1911 and many of which are quite rare — the book's cover price is less than $20.

Compiled by archivist Mancil Johnson and history professor Calvin Dickinson, the volume is the latest installment in Arcadia Publishing's College History Series. Based in Charleston, S.C., Arcadia specializes in publishing books with regional and local interest.

"I found out about Arcadia Publishing and the College History Series last year at the Tennessee Archivists Conference, and I thought it would be a worthwhile project for Tennessee Tech," Johnson said. "It really does preserve the past for the future."

Many of the pictures included in the TTU photo history came from the Photo Services or Harding Studio collections, both of which are housed in the University Archives.

"Tennessee Technological University is sure to enchant students, alumni and friends of the university alike. Mancil Johnson and Calvin Dickinson have combined their expertise and resources to create a precious volume that can be passed down from generation to generation," said Sara San Angelo, publicity manager at Arcadia Publishing.

"Readers will delight in images of the changing student body, academic clubs of yesteryear and buildings which no longer stand," she continued.

Other institutions included in Arcadia's College History Series range from Middle Tennessee State University and Fisk University in Tennessee to Texas A & M and Boston College.

The TTU book is available at the university bookstore and several other Cookeville locations, and the entire series is available on-line at or by calling toll free 1-888-313-2665.