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Come work with us!

Do you want to get down and dirty in Memphis history? Or perhaps you want to climb around in a few family trees? We are always looking for a few good volunteers!

In the Memphis Room, we rely upon our awesome volunteers to help provide access to our resources and to assist customers with genealogical research. There are several ways you can lend your talents to the Memphis Room, including:

  • Process a manuscript collection.  Preserve and organize historical materials and create a finding aid.  (See examples of finding aids here.) Your finding aid will be added to the library’s catalog.
  • Create a digital collection.  Scan and create metadata for digital items to be added to Dig Memphis.  Those with knowledge of digital photography can put their skills to use on our large-format items, such as maps and posters.
  • Assist others with genealogical research.  We are always looking for volunteers to staff our Genealogy desk on the 4th floor.
  • Transcribe or enter data.  Are you a great typist?  Do you have a knack for reading 19th century handwriting?  We have a project for you!

For students, we also offer a formal internship program and can adjust these projects to fit your school’s requirements.  Talk to your professor and then contact us.

Anyone interested in volunteering or interning should call the History Reference Desk at 901.415.2742.


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Celebrate our Archival Fellows…

… and the opening of the Rowlett Paine Collection, the W.C. Handy Beale Street Collection, and the Memphis Women’s Suffrage Collection.  Help us thank our three wonderful archival fellows from Rhodes College — Chris Hanewald, Mathew Jehl, and Laura Fogarty — for all of their incredible work this summer.

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Thank you, Lauren and Jordan!

Today is a somber day in the History Department, as we have to say goodbye to our two incredible archival fellows from Rhodes College.  Lauren and Jordan have been with us for the past 8 weeks and have made an impact that will be felt for years and years to come.

In addition to expertly processing and digitizing the Perre Magness and Arthur Webb collections, they have processed three other collections that will be unveiled shortly.  That is an unbelievable amount of work to accomplish in one summer.  But perhaps what the staff here in the Memphis Room will remember most is that they remained enthusiastic, good-natured and genuinely fun to work around.  We simply loved having them here.

Best of luck to you both, as you move on through school and into the rest of your lives.  And remember, you can always stop by for a visit… (We won’t make you index a single thing!)


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