This collection was created by Robert Martin Fales (1907-1995), a native of Wilmington and local physician from 1935 to 1985. In the early 1970s, Dr. Fales began accumulating photographs of physicians who had practiced in Wilmington. Over the years, the focus of the collection enlarged to cover any photograph relating to historic Wilmington. Upon retirement, Dr. Fales kept office hours in the library’s local history room where he was the ultimate eyewitness to local history. His collection, which includes over 1300 slides and original images, was given to the New Hanover Public Library upon his death.