Category Archives: Collections

Open House & New Collections

07.28.15---HIS---Open-House---f&p (1)

On Thursday, August 27th, the History Department will be hosting an Open House as a token of our appreciation for all the work done by our Rhodes College Fellows this summer.  Maria and Sandro have done some great work processing and digitizing collections over the past few months.  These collections include: the J. Porter McClean Collection, the Claypool Family Collection,  the Walter R. Streuli Collection, and the Nowag Music Collection.  Their most impressive work, however, was the Nadia Price collection.  Nadia was a local photographer and her collection includes over 600 photographs.

Selections from the Walter R. Streuli Collection, and the Nowag Music Collection have been added to the M Files.  Look for more information next week about the Nadia Price Collection when it is published to Dig Memphis.

Thanks again Maria and Sandro for all the great work!

1 Comment

Filed under Collections, Events, History Department

New Collection: The Grocery Stores of Clarence Saunders

size

Most Memphians, whether it be through Piggly Wiggly or the Pink Palace, are at least somewhat familiar with Clarence Saunders.  Famous in his own time for inventing the self-service grocery store in 1916, Saunders quite literally revolutionized grocery shopping.  Though he lost much of his fortune and was forced to sell the partially completed Pink Palace due to stock market woes, Saunders wasn’t done innovating by a long shot.

A large part of this new digital collection focus on Saunders’ second grocery store model: Keedoozle.  Perhaps the best way to describe Keedoozle is as a giant vending machine for all your grocery shopping needs.  Insufficient technology of the day prevented Saunders’ aotumation vision from achieving its true potential and the concept never took hold.

This collection was digitzed by Rhodes Alumnus and occasional Histroy Department volunteer Matthew Moore.

View the collection, including materials from both grocery store chains here.

1 Comment

Filed under Collections, Digital Archive, Memphis History

In Memoriam: John J. Shea, Jr., 1924 – 2014

John J. Shea, Jr.

For more information on Dr. Shea:

The John J. Shea, Jr. MD Collection finding aid

Memphis Business Journal

Commercial Appeal (Subscribers Only)

Leave a comment

Filed under Collections, In Memoriam

Hallelujah! Screenings

We are very excited to host two screenings of the 1929 classic film Hallelujah! this month.  Want to know more about the film?  Take a look at the Hallelujah! Collection.

Hallelujah!-Screening---HIS----f&p---02.10.15

Leave a comment

Filed under Black History, Collections, Events, Memphis History

Odds and Ends… And New Collections!

Screenshot of collection landing page.

 

New finding aids have been added to the Manuscript Collection Finding Aids digital collection:
The Benjamin L. Hooks Collection
Memphis Park Commission Minute Books
The Bishop Daniel Buechlein Collection
Memphis Sheet Music Collection
Miss Tommye Russell Collection
Rabbi Max Samfield Collection
Peabody Hotel Highlights Collection
Robert Lanier Collection
Marion Scudder Griffin Collection
Wesley McDaniel Collection
Henry Kahn Collection
The Renaissance Music Circle Collection
Marilyn J. Califf Collection
1620 Vance Collection
Dilettante Club Collection
American Snuff Company Collection
John J. Shea, Jr., MD Collection
Memphis Authors Collection
Memphis Park Commission Collection
Memphis Sesquicentennial Collection
Orpheum Collection
Pinocchio’s Children’s Book Place Collection

Three documents on the historic Mid-South Coliseum have been added to The M Files:
Mid-South Coliseum
Coliseum in Architecture Memphis – 1964
Coliseum in Architecture Memphis – 1963

A 1972 photo album/scrapbook from the Citizens to Preserve Overton Park has been added to the Memphis Parks collection.

Janet Wyatt has been busy at work adding photographs to the Library History collection. Check them out!

Leave a comment

Filed under Collections, Dig Memphis, Memphis History, Volunteers

New Digital Collection: Civil Rights Collection

This week we launch a new Civil Rights Collection, combining materials from various manuscript collections, including the Frank Holloman Collection, the George W. Lee Collection, the A.W. Willis, Jr. Collection, the Arthur L. Webb Collection, and the Catholic Human Relations Council Papers.

Eldon Holliday began curating this collection as an intern, but in the process of working on it we hired him to work full-time in the History Department. (And we started calling him “Chip.” He’s okay with that, but not “Chipper.” Just an FYI.) It is all a well-developed plan to make sure that he keeps doing great work like this and that he continues to add to this particular collection along the way.

This digital collection also contains a slide show, entitled The Unfulfilled Dream: A History of Race Relations and Civil Rights in Memphis since the Civil Warand images from an earlier version of the Civil Rights Digital Collection.

1 Comment

Filed under Black History, Civil Rights, Collections, Dig Memphis, Digital Archive, Memphis History

Saturday, October 25th @ 2:00 pm

Flyer for upcoming Benjamin Hooks event

Leave a comment

by | October 9, 2014 · 1:44 pm