Category Archives: Resources

Guide to World War I Resources

In recognition of the centennial of the First World War, Librarian Robert Cruthirds has created a pathfinder for WWI-related materials here at the Central Library.  Thanks, Robert!

WWI Page Onepage-1We expect to add other pathfinders in the near future, so you can also use the “Pathfinders” link in the menu bar above.


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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.


Filed under Black History, Books, Civil War, Digital Archive, Genealogy, Memphis History, Resources, Volunteers

More Moving Images from Memphis

Our expert volunteer researcher John Dulaney brought something new to our attention today:

CriticalPast is an archival image warehouse with thousands of still and moving images from various sources, mostly federal.  The files can be viewed in their entirety on the website or they can be permanently acquired for a fee.  There are a number of moving images from Memphis that are worth a look.

And don’t forget that we are now adding videos to Dig Memphis.  Let us know if you have a film or home movie you would like to share.


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Additional Memphis City Directories now available online!

Thanks to the hard work of the fine folks over at the Shelby County Archives, you can now search through many more of our Memphis city directories online!  1849 – 1943 are now available in their entirety, with more to come.

They’ve also added a number of other resources recently:  Probate Will Book Indexes (1956-1980); Birth Records (1907-1912); the Hugo N. Dixon Memoirs; and Elmwood Cemetery Daily Burial Records (1853-1919).


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Coming Soon: On TV!

The Memphis Room — Premieres November 2012 on WYPL-TV 18 from Memphis Public Library on Vimeo.

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University Yearbooks and Publications

The University Libraries of the University of Memphis has partnered with the Internet Archive to make their institutional repositories available through the Internet Archive.  This includes the DeSoto, the yearbook of the University of Memphis, from 1916 to 1996; and the Lantern, the yearbook of Lambuth University, from 1927 to 2009.  Bulletins, catalogs and directories for both the University of Memphis and Lambuth are also available.  You can also browse  the University of Memphis, University Libraries collection at Internet Archive by subject or keyword.

DLynx, the Rhodes College Archives Digital Collection, is available to those who are interested in viewing archival collections, publications and institutional documents from Rhodes.  The Sou’wester, the student newspaper of the college, is available in its entirety, as are many editions of the school’s yearbook, the Lynx.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some embarrassing photos to search for…

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University of Memphis Digital Repositories

Exciting news!

The University Libraries Digital Repository at the University of Memphis has created new photo galleries that are available to the public.  Currently, three collections are available:

  • National African American Photographic Archive
  • Robert R. Church Family of Memphis
  • Sanitation Workers’ Strike, 1968

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