Category Archives: Gifts

ID requested. Can you help?

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?Unknown Photo


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New Digital Collection: Board of Adjustment Files

Check out our new collection of digital files from the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment.  Our thanks to Josh Whitehead, Planning Director for Memphis and Shelby County, for sharing these files with us.  Read more about his donation in today’s Commercial Appeal.

Graham and JohnsonSt. Andrews Golf ClubCentral and Melrose

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Memphis Home Movies

This week, we are excited to add 14 videos to The M Files.

Richard Hoffman (a former colleague) submitted a video for the flood project last summer, and now he has graciously donated copies of films he made here in Memphis between 1955 and 1984.  Originally recorded on 8mm film, these clips capture events and life in Memphis in a way that still photography simply cannot.

So, want to watch the Cotton Carnival parade?  Or, perhaps you’d like to take a drive over the new Hernando de Soto Bridge?  Maybe a visit to the zoo will do you some good… Or you can always watch a hot air balloon race at Shelby Farms… Thanks to Richard, you can take trips back in time whenever you would like.

Bicentennial Freedom Train from Digital Projects on Vimeo.

[Technical Note: The videos do not always load on the first try.  If the video does not play, reload the page and try again.  We hope to improve this soon, but if you continue to have problems, please contact us.]

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An update on Memphis Streetscapes

Memphis Streetscapes, one of our first digital collections, has been continuously growing since its inception in 2009.  (A big thank you to Alice Kendall, Dallas Burkhardt and David Gildart for all of their hard work to add to the collection!)

Initially, Memphis Streetscapes was the digital home for images from the existing Memphis and Shelby County Room Photograph Collection, but now we are beginning to add images that have never before been available to the public.

Thanks to Josh Whitehead, Planning Director and Secretary of the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment, we now have never-before-seen images from the 1930s through the 1970s.  These photos were submitted to the Board of Adjustment as part of the appeals process and provide some uniquely wonderful images of Memphis that we hope you will appreciate.

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Something’s Cooking…

Fredric Koeppel recently donated his rather sizable collection of restaurant menus to the Memphis Room, and we’re hustling to get the new collection ready for you to enjoy.  Oh, and for the record – It’s going to be awesome.

In the meantime, it has us thinking… Food (barbecue, anyone?), dining out and restaurants are a big part of life in Memphis, and maybe there are other people out there who collect menus or other items related to our city’s culinary history.  Do you have something that can help us tell this story?  Any little bit helps!  Contact us if you would like to join with Fredric Koeppel and share materials related to eating, dining or cooking in Memphis.

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Help us build an archive of this year’s flood!

Do you have photos of this year’s flood?  Do you want to help us preserve history?

A local Girl Scout has decided to build a digital archive of photographs and images from this year’s flood. Can you help her? If you would like to donate images to the archive, here are the ways to get the photos to us:
Drop off at the library (or mail):
History Department – 4th Floor
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38111

Email (for digital images):

If possible, please note the photographer, date and location, as well as any other pertinent details. This digital collection will become part of the library’s permanent archive.

Thanks for all of your help, and feel free to share this with your friends!

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Memphis Room: In The News

Wow.  We feel so popular.  Thanks for all of the attention!

Author, professor Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis donates civil rights collection to library

Theories hit dead end on how world-famous Beale Street got its name

Digital history: New online archive displays vast collections of library’s Memphis Room

Telling the Story: Library’s Memphis Room grows with Decosta-Willis donation

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