Angie Price, class of 2002, is creating an archival collection of Bishop Byrne Middle and High School memorabilia. Please bring in your photographs, programs, school newsletters, playbills, etc. to help create a permanent collection in the Memphis and Shelby County Room. We will be receiving donations on Saturday, March 8th, between 10 am and 4 pm, in the Memphis Room on the 4th Floor of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. If you have something that you are not yet ready to donate, volunteers will be available to scan your items for inclusion in this collection.
Hallelujah!, the first movie musical to feature an all-black cast, was released in 1929 by MGM Studios. Filmed in part on location in the Memphis area, several Memphians were featured in the cast, including Georgia Woodruff. Woodruff’s daughter, Ruby Woodruff Carter, donated this collection to the Memphis and Shelby County Room. The collection includes personal photos, publicity photos, newspaper clippings and correspondence about the film and the life of Ms. Woodruff.
In 1986, the library received special permission from MGM for a one-time screening of the film, and several programs and discussions were held in conjunction with that showing. Two events were videotaped and are available here as well:
Hallelujah!: A Discussion, Historically Speaking: The “Hallelujah!” Collection at the Memphis Room (Visit our Vimeo Channel by clicking here.)
Our thanks to Katy Tait and Candice Joyner for their hard work to digitize this collection! Click here to view it now.
Last week, Sandra Lee Drewry kindly donated digital copies of some of her family photographs. Most are class photos from local schools (view them in The Schoolyard), but this particular image appears to be a company picture. Can anyone help us identify it?
…that after World War II, Memphis “adopted” a Dutch town known for its cotton manufacturing? School children around Memphis filled cigar boxes with household items to ship to the families in Enschede, Netherlands, while clothes and books were collected to help replace that which was lost in the war. Read all about it here:
For more information, the Memphis – Enschede Ties collection is available in the Memphis Room. Come take a look!
Happy New Year! I’ve been a bad, bad blogger…
It might seem like we’re not doing much here in the Memphis Room, but the truth is we’ve been doing too much! We’ll have other updates soon, but first a few things we need to catch up on:
Many congratulations to our volunteer Vincent Astor on his new book. Nobody knows more about Memphis theaters than Vincent. Pick up a copy – it’s available everywhere!
New episodes of The Memphis Room are available in the archive and on our Vimeo page. Enjoy interviews with Honey Scheidt, Lewis Donelson and Father Don Mowery.
It’s been a long time since we last did an update of new collections. The following collections have been added to the Memphis Room:
Joe Bennett Collection, Tennessee Children’s Home Society Collection, Hotel Greeters of America – Women’s Division Delta Chapter No. 59 Collection, J.B. Mann Suffrage Collection, John Ford Canale Collection, Rowlett Paine Collection, W.C. Handy Beale Street Collection, Emma K. Meacham Collection, Beebe Woodside Collection, Gerald & Barbara Dowdy Collection, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Collection, Bryan Eagle Family Collection, Gwen R. Awsumb Collection, Ronco Spaghetti Company Collection, Awsumb Architectural Collection, Reverend Eron M. Sharp Collection Addendum, Memphis Architectural Collection, United Daughters of the Confederacy – Mary Latham Chapter Collection, Charles A. McVean U.S. Engineers Collection, Beale Street Blue Light District Collection, Mary Snowden Collection.
This season, an exhibit on the Victorian Yuletide will be on display on the 4th Floor of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. The exhibit features period clothing, jewelry, and children’s items from the collection of the Woodruff-Fontaine House (built in 1871) on Adams Avenue, in the heart of Victorian Village.
The Woodruff-Fontaine House boasts one of the finest and most extensive collections of Victorian clothing and textiles in this part of the country. A few choice pieces from this remarkable collection are featured in the exhibit, along with children’s clothing and toys from over a century ago. Come take a look and get a glimpse at Christmas of yesteryear!