The images of Allen County, Indiana, in this collection were taken in the spring and summer of 2005 by librarian and local historian, John D. Beatty who served as editor and co-compiler of the History of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, 1700-2005, published in 2006. Some of the images in this collection were included in that work, but many others were not used for reasons of space. In creating this collection, Beatty found that few images existed in the library's photograph collections from the late 20th century. Many common sites in Fort Wayne and Allen County remained undocumented, and there needed to be a photographic record of the county as it existed at the turn of the 21st Century. The collection includes images of street scenes, commercial buildings, restaurants, theaters, municipal buildings, and historic houses, as well as parts of Fort Wayne that had been redeveloped in the 1990s.