Tri-Citians have a little more time to claim negatives from the Reach center in Richland after the center received a surge of requests for the negatives from photos shot by professional photographers between 1950 to 2007.
The center has extended the deadline to Dec. 5 after receiving more than 500 requests for photo negatives within two days of a Monday Tri-City Herald story about the negatives.
Negatives from Marlin Columbia Studios, Kennel-Ellis, Wendland and Northlight Studio donated the negatives to the former CREHST museum, which sold the negatives as a fundraiser. Thousands of remaining negatives were passed on to the Reach center.
The center is not charging for the negatives, but because of the flood of requests, the center is accepting donations so it can bring in more people to help find and deliver the negatives. People who need them mailed will need to pay a small charge to cover postage.
An index of the negatives by the Tri-City Genealogical Society is available at tricitygenealogicalsociety.org.
Those requesting negatives should send as many details as possible including dates, names and the studio that took the portraits to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a telephone number and, if photos must be mailed, an address. Those without computer access can call Kris at 509-943-4100, Ext. 108, by Dec. 5. The mailing address is Reach Center, Attn: Photo Negatives, P.O. Box 1160, Richland, WA 99352.