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Saturday, October 25th @ 2:00 pm

Flyer for upcoming Benjamin Hooks event


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by | October 9, 2014 · 1:44 pm

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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Architecture in Memphis

Architecture in Memphis

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by | November 6, 2013 · 5:24 pm

Summer in the Memphis Room

Each summer, our Archival Fellows from Rhodes College are required to write a brief reflective essay on their time in the Memphis Room.  This year, Regan Adolph submitted the following essay to her professor.  She has given us permission to post it here, and we do so because she does such a wonderful job of capturing the excitement and variety of experience that working in the archives can provide.

Tomorrow is Regan’s last day, and though we are sad and will miss her (as we already miss Lanier!), we are so glad that we had the opportunity to play host to these two wonderful young ladies and to help them learn to apply their knowledge and skills to preserving Memphis’ history.  We are so proud of both of them and we cannot wait to see what they do next!

Walking into the Memphis Public Library and Information Center for the forty-sixth time this summer, on the tenth Monday of my fellowship, I realized that I was just as excited to start my day in the archives as I was on that first Monday in May. I genuinely looked forward to working on my current project, seeing everyone in the history department, and being responsible for something in the Memphis and Shelby County Room that would be the authority on a certain topic. Knowing the importance of what I was accomplishing, utilizing my passion for meticulous organizing, and working alongside someone of considerable similarities made for an incredible experience as an Archival Fellow. Continue reading

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Our Summer Fellows

It’s summertime in the Memphis Room, which means our Archival Fellows are hard at work!  Regan Adolph and Lanier Flanders are burning through a lot of projects (which we’ll tell you much more about soon), but for now here are some candid images of our wonderful scholars working in the Memphis Room.

Lanier and the Board Regan at workThe boardLanier by shelvesProcessing Room Lanier and photos Lanier and boxes  Regan and Blueprint

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Celebrate our Archival Fellows…

… and the opening of the Rowlett Paine Collection, the W.C. Handy Beale Street Collection, and the Memphis Women’s Suffrage Collection.  Help us thank our three wonderful archival fellows from Rhodes College — Chris Hanewald, Mathew Jehl, and Laura Fogarty — for all of their incredible work this summer.

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Arthur Webb Collection

A noted historian, journalist and genealogist, Arthur Webb spent his life investigating and illuminating the history of African Americans in Memphis.  This collection includes his research materials, handwritten notes, genealogical charts, photographs and correspondence, and you can view selections from the collection on Dig Memphis right now.  (Thanks to Lauren & Jordan for all of their hard work!)

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