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?
Category Archives: Gifts
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.
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.
[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.]
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.
Do you have photos of this year’s flood? Do you want to help us preserve history?
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!