Category Archives: Memphis History

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.

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New Digital Collection: Robert Lanier Collection

Paths Through Court Square

 

Judge Robert Lanier has always been a generous friend of the Memphis Room.

Once again, he has given us a gift — this time, a collection of 295 photographs documenting the evolution of some of Memphis’ buildings and public spaces.   Spanning from the 1950s to the present, the Robert Lanier Collection includes images of Beale Street, Court Square, Overton Park, the Tennessee Club, Main Street, Overton Square, the Exchange Building, and so much more.

Our sincere thanks also go out to volunteer Victoria Grey, who not only processed the collection and created a finding aid, but digitized the entire collection as well.

Enjoy!

 Dyer's BurgersMemphis SkylineBeale Street 1955 Mid-America MallOverton Square

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New Digital Collection: Memphis Chamber of Commerce Files

 

Logo Collage

 

2013 marked the 175th anniversary of the Memphis Chamber, and to celebrate the Chamber donated this digital collection to the Memphis Room.  Our many thanks to the Chamber’s Director of Operations, Eric Elam, for scanning all of these files for us.

Included are annual minutes and publications, photographs, resolutions, news clippings, marketing materials, and more from across the years. (Additional photographs and newspaper clippings will be added in the coming months.)

We’re really not supposed to play favorites, as everything in this collection is pretty awesome, but… The film footage from this collection is just incredible!

 

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Tuesdays in July!

Flyer for the Memphis Journal Writing Project

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by | June 2, 2014 · 3:19 pm

Memphis Sounds with George Klein

In 2004, the library’s TV station (WYPL) first aired a new show called “Memphis Sounds with George Klein.”  Each month George Klein would sit down with local musicians, legends and others related to the music industry to discuss the past, present, and future of our city’s musical heritage.  We have digitized a few episodes of that show and they are now available for your viewing pleasure on Dig Memphis.  They will eventually be added to our Vimeo channel as well. So if you’d like to hear from Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge, Sam the Sham, Kallen Esperian and many, many more… take a look and listen.

Memphis Sounds with George Klein – Episode 32 from Dig Memphis on Vimeo.

As G.K. would say, “Rock on, Memphis!”

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Join us for a Spotlight on Bob Williams

Flyer for Bob Williams event on Saturday, May 10, 2014

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by | May 2, 2014 · 10:13 am

Bolton, Dickens & Co. Record of Slaves, 1856 – 1858

Cover of Document

This document, created by Shirley Neely, is an oft-requested resource in the Memphis Room.  Featuring a transcription and compilation of the records of one of the largest slave dealers in Memphis during the middle part of the 1800s, this manuscript is now available in its entirety in the archive. Pages 1-38 are a day-to-day accounting by Isaac Bolton for the months of March and April 1865. Pages 39-79 list the names of slaves, purchase prices, etc. Pages 80-91 include entries for sale of slaves. Pages 92-99 are transcriptions of correspondence and the last section includes newspaper articles and advertisements.

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