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.