It’s hard to believe that our 2014 Archival Fellows have already come and gone… Katie Jakovich and Matthew Hicks finished their fellowship on Friday after spending the last two months here with us in the Memphis Room, and we miss them already. In addition to processing several collections and taking a short field trip to pick up another collection, they also managed to listen to ALL of the Harry Potter books and The Hobbit. It was a magical summer, indeed.
Their big project – and I do mean big – was to process the Benjamin L. Hooks Collection (more details to come soon!). True students of Hogwarts, they are masters when it comes to sorting. Katie’s photographs below show the progression of the collection, from piles to well-organized boxes. Thanks to them, the collection will be publicly available very soon.
Thank you both for your great work and wonderful enthusiasm! Don’t forget to come back and visit soon!
John Dulaney has been hard at work over the past year processing the Park Commission Minute Books. And when I say hard at work, I mean it. The amount of time he has committed to this project is staggering. The detailed finding aid he has created will be ready soon, but we’ve added a few items to Dig Memphis to give you a taste of what sorts of wonders you will be able to find in this collection:
MINUTE BOOK 1
The Memphis Park Commission was created in September of 1900, and the first minute book covers 1900 – 1910. This volume is available in its entirety. From the creation of Overton Park, the Parkways, and the Zoo to growing demand for “a park for the colored citizens,” the early years of the Commission’s history shed a unique light on a slice of Memphis history.
LOOSE DOCUMENTS FROM THE MINUTE BOOKS
A number of documents were inserted into the pages of the 29 Minute Books used between 1900 and 2000. Several of those are digitized and available here.
And now, just because I have it (and despite the fact that he will kill me… ) – A picture of the dutiful Mr. Dulaney doing what he does so well. Now that you know what he looks like, thank him when you see him!
Happy New Year! I’ve been a bad, bad blogger…
It might seem like we’re not doing much here in the Memphis Room, but the truth is we’ve been doing too much! We’ll have other updates soon, but first a few things we need to catch up on:
Many congratulations to our volunteer Vincent Astor on his new book. Nobody knows more about Memphis theaters than Vincent. Pick up a copy – it’s available everywhere!
New episodes of The Memphis Room are available in the archive and on our Vimeo page. Enjoy interviews with Honey Scheidt, Lewis Donelson and Father Don Mowery.
It’s been a long time since we last did an update of new collections. The following collections have been added to the Memphis Room:
Joe Bennett Collection, Tennessee Children’s Home Society Collection, Hotel Greeters of America – Women’s Division Delta Chapter No. 59 Collection, J.B. Mann Suffrage Collection, John Ford Canale Collection, Rowlett Paine Collection, W.C. Handy Beale Street Collection, Emma K. Meacham Collection, Beebe Woodside Collection, Gerald & Barbara Dowdy Collection, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Collection, Bryan Eagle Family Collection, Gwen R. Awsumb Collection, Ronco Spaghetti Company Collection, Awsumb Architectural Collection, Reverend Eron M. Sharp Collection Addendum, Memphis Architectural Collection, United Daughters of the Confederacy – Mary Latham Chapter Collection, Charles A. McVean U.S. Engineers Collection, Beale Street Blue Light District Collection, Mary Snowden Collection.
Thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers, we now have the full texts of the finding aids for our manuscript collections available online in our Collection of Collections! (Well, most of them, anyway. The last handful will be added ASAP.) Remember, if you would like to view a manuscript collection, you will need to visit us in the Memphis Room.
… 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.