Category Archives: Clippings

West Memphis Three

A few months ago, a producer from Investigation Discovery contacted us about newspaper articles concerning the West Memphis Three.  They used some of our news clippings in an episode of “True Crime” and I decided to add some of these articles to the archive.  To view some of the Commercial Appeal articles that covered the West Memphis murders, please click here.


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Miss Christine

Miss Christine has intrigued me from the beginning, even before I knew her name.  When I first opened the box of photos that would ultimately become The Schoolyard, I saw her right away.  How can you not be intrigued by that face? Those hats?!

After a little digging, I have learned a little bit about the woman in the fabulous black hats.  Class, meet Miss Annie Christine Reudelhuber.  Miss Christine was the principal of Smith School from 1882 until her death in 1920.  Smith School, originally opened in 1872 as the Market Street School, was the first school built and owned by the School Board.  The name was changed to Smith School in 1878 to honor Thomas R. Smith, a member of the Board of Education.  After Miss Christine’s death in 1920, the school was again renamed, this time as Christine School.  The Christine School continued on until the building was razed in 1964 to make room for a Sheraton hotel.

According to The Christine Story, Miss Christine was the daughter of John D. and Evelyn Wilhelmina Reudelhuber, immigrants from the Rhine provinces of Germany.  Originally settling in New Orleans, they had five sons and two daughters.  After relocating to Memphis, the children attended public schools and the First Presbyterian Church.  By 1887, when a family sketch was published in the History of Shelby County and the City of Memphis, the two girls were the only surviving family members, with Miss Christine as principal of Smith School (“the largest school in Memphis”) while her sister, Miss Pauline, served as the principal of Merrill School.

Miss Christine was probably best remembered as a strict disciplinarian.  In 1980, when a historical marker was placed at the site of the school, Abe Plough recalled, “Miss Christine was a wonderful disciplinarian, fair and just.  She was a stickler for strict obedience.  Her word was law and no one had the temerity to gainsay her…”

I know I wouldn’t mess with her.

(To view school portraits including Miss Christine, click here.  For more information about Miss Christine or the school, come visit us in the Memphis Room and we will be happy to pull some files for you.)

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All That Jazz

If you haven’t heard, the Central Library is hosting an incredible jazz exhibit through September 14th.  (Read more about it here.) Really, it is well worth a visit.

So, for the digital exhibit this month, we have compiled news clippings which feature jazz in Memphis.  Though we may be known as the “Home of the Blues” and the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll”, it turns out there is a pretty impressive jazz legacy in Memphis as well.

To view all of the Memphis Jazz clippings, please click here.

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Memphis Women in Medicine

In conjunction with the Changing the Face of Medicine exhibit currently housed on the 3rd Floor of the Central Library, we have put together a digital display of local newspaper clippings which highlight women in medicine in Memphis.

Click here to view all of the clippings.

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Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, 1925-2010

To view other articles and photos, please click here.

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Happy 75th to Elvis Presley

On January 8, Elvis Presley would have celebrated his 75th birthday.  To celebrate, we created a digital display of news clippings and images of the King:


If you want to view all of the images from the display, click here.  There is so much more Elvis stuff that it could take years to digitize it all.  But you can come take a look whenever you like.

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