Saturday, October 25th @ 2:00 pm

Flyer for upcoming Benjamin Hooks event

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October 9, 2014 · 1:44 pm

New Digital Collection: Benjamin L. Hooks Collection

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We are pleased to announce that our new Benjamin L. Hooks Collection is now available on Dig Memphis.

Bowling

This past summer, Matthew Hicks and Katie Jakovich (our archival fellows from Rhodes) processed the Benjamin L. Hooks manuscript collection and digitized selected items from that collection for inclusion here in the digital archive.  In addition, Hooks’ daughter, Patricia Hooks Gray, very kindly allowed us to make digital copies of a large number of family photographs which have also been added to this digital collection.

Bessie Hooks and children

The digital collection includes dozens of photographs of Hooks with civil rights leaders, presidents, family members and celebrities, as well as documents and reports related to his time as the Executive Director of the NAACP and a member of the FCC.

Benjamin Hooks speaking in the FCC days.

We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 25th, at 2:00 to celebrate the opening of the Benjamin L. Hooks Collection and to congratulate Matt and Katie on a job well done.

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It’s that time again – Genealogy Workshops start Wednesday!

October Genealogy Workshops

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September 29, 2014 · 5:56 pm

WWI Lecture Series

Great War Lecture Series in the Memphis Room on Monday nights.September 15 – Origins of the Great War (Robert Cruthirds, Central Library History Department)

September 29 – War Lands: The Environmental Impact of the First World War and the Making of the 20th Century (Tait Keller, Rhodes College)

October 20 – WarUntold.com: The Stories of WWI Soldiers (G. Andrew Pouncey, WWI Historian)

November 10 – Book Discussion of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (Central Reader’s Club)

 

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September 9, 2014 · 10:51 am

Guide to World War I Resources

In recognition of the centennial of the First World War, Librarian Robert Cruthirds has created a pathfinder for WWI-related materials here at the Central Library.  Thanks, Robert!

WWI Page Onepage-1We expect to add other pathfinders in the near future, so you can also use the “Pathfinders” link in the menu bar above.

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Thank you, Matt and Katie!

Katie and Matt in the Memphis Room

It’s hard to believe that our 2014 Archival Fellows have already come and gone… Katie Jakovich and Matthew Hicks finished their fellowship on Friday after spending the last two months here with us in the Memphis Room, and we miss them already.  In addition to processing several collections and taking a short field trip to pick up another collection, they also managed to listen to ALL of the Harry Potter books and The Hobbit.  It was a magical summer, indeed.

Their big project – and I do mean big – was to process the Benjamin L. Hooks Collection (more details to come soon!).  True students of Hogwarts, they are masters when it comes to sorting.  Katie’s photographs below show the progression of the collection, from piles to well-organized boxes.  Thanks to them, the collection will be publicly available very soon.

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Thank you both for your great work and wonderful enthusiasm!  Don’t forget to come back and visit soon!

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New Digital Collection: Robert Lanier Collection

Paths Through Court Square

 

Judge Robert Lanier has always been a generous friend of the Memphis Room.

Once again, he has given us a gift — this time, a collection of 295 photographs documenting the evolution of some of Memphis’ buildings and public spaces.   Spanning from the 1950s to the present, the Robert Lanier Collection includes images of Beale Street, Court Square, Overton Park, the Tennessee Club, Main Street, Overton Square, the Exchange Building, and so much more.

Our sincere thanks also go out to volunteer Victoria Grey, who not only processed the collection and created a finding aid, but digitized the entire collection as well.

Enjoy!

 Dyer's BurgersMemphis SkylineBeale Street 1955 Mid-America MallOverton Square

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