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.
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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!
Hallelujah!, the first movie musical to feature an all-black cast, was released in 1929 by MGM Studios. Filmed in part on location in the Memphis area, several Memphians were featured in the cast, including Georgia Woodruff. Woodruff’s daughter, Ruby Woodruff Carter, donated this collection to the Memphis and Shelby County Room. The collection includes personal photos, publicity photos, newspaper clippings and correspondence about the film and the life of Ms. Woodruff.
In 1986, the library received special permission from MGM for a one-time screening of the film, and several programs and discussions were held in conjunction with that showing. Two events were videotaped and are available here as well:
Our thanks to Katy Tait and Candice Joyner for their hard work to digitize this collection! Click here to view it now.