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.
Thank you both for your great work and wonderful enthusiasm! Don’t forget to come back and visit soon!
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.
2013 marked the 175th anniversary of the Memphis Chamber, and to celebrate the Chamber donated this digital collection to the Memphis Room. Our many thanks to the Chamber’s Director of Operations, Eric Elam, for scanning all of these files for us.
Included are annual minutes and publications, photographs, resolutions, news clippings, marketing materials, and more from across the years. (Additional photographs and newspaper clippings will be added in the coming months.)
We’re really not supposed to play favorites, as everything in this collection is pretty awesome, but… The film footage from this collection is just incredible!
In 2004, the library’s TV station (WYPL) first aired a new show called “Memphis Sounds with George Klein.” Each month George Klein would sit down with local musicians, legends and others related to the music industry to discuss the past, present, and future of our city’s musical heritage. We have digitized a few episodes of that show and they are now available for your viewing pleasure on Dig Memphis. They will eventually be added to our Vimeo channel as well. So if you’d like to hear from Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge, Sam the Sham, Kallen Esperian and many, many more… take a look and listen.
Memphis Sounds with George Klein – Episode 32 from Dig Memphis on Vimeo.
As G.K. would say, “Rock on, Memphis!”
This document, created by Shirley Neely, is an oft-requested resource in the Memphis Room. Featuring a transcription and compilation of the records of one of the largest slave dealers in Memphis during the middle part of the 1800s, this manuscript is now available in its entirety in the archive. Pages 1-38 are a day-to-day accounting by Isaac Bolton for the months of March and April 1865. Pages 39-79 list the names of slaves, purchase prices, etc. Pages 80-91 include entries for sale of slaves. Pages 92-99 are transcriptions of correspondence and the last section includes newspaper articles and advertisements.