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Sid Selvidge, 1943 – 2013

Sid Selvidge


Obituary from the Commercial Appeal


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by | May 2, 2013 · 2:59 pm

Changing the Face of Medicine

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center is one of 61 libraries from across the U.S. selected to host the “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians,” interactive, multimedia traveling exhibition that honors the lives and achievements of American women in medicine – past and present. The exhibit will be at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar, May 29 – July 9. An opening reception is scheduled Friday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the reception.

We have created a Flickr gallery to present the faces of medicine in Memphis.  We will be adding to this gallery as we collect images of both the present and future faces of medicine in our city, so check back often.

“Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians” was developed by the Exhibition Program of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health. The American Medical Women’s Association provided additional support.

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Favorites: Bedroom musician

How can you not love this photo?  Now if only we could identify the subject…  Anyone?

UPDATE: Thanks to Darletha Matthews, the subject of this photo has been identified as Walter “Furry” Lewis.  Nice work, Darletha!

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The Memphis Legacy Project

The Memphis Legacy Project is the gift of local filmmaker and photographer Willy Bearden.  Mr. Bearden often uses the photographs in the Memphis Room for his projects, and he realized that researchers, filmmakers and artists of the future will need the same types of resources. 

“Our goal is to capture Memphis as we know it today. These images won’t have any real value or meaning for many years. I have this vision of some young documentary producer finding these images in 2090, and being able to explain to his contemporaries who and what we were way back when.”

As the first installment of this gift, Mr. Bearden has donated over 1500 images of the Victorian Village era.  We are in the process of adding these to the digital archive now.  (Take a look.)

On May 13th at 5:30 pm, we will have a short program in the Memphis Room to accept Mr. Bearden’s donation of the second installment of photographs for the Legacy Project, which will feature approximately 5000 photos of Madison Ave., Summer Ave., North Parkway, East Parkway, South Parkway, Elvis Presley Blvd. and the Riverfront.  He will also be giving us 300 images from the Memphis Portraits Project.

Please join us on the 13th to hear Mr. Bearden speak about the project or simply come to thank him for his many gifts.

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Black Memphians

In honor of Black History Month, we have created a display of some of the great leaders, thinkers and doers from our fair city.  A few of the people included in the display:

Ethyl Venson founded the Cotton Makers’ Jubilee in 1935, along with her husband Ransom Q. Venson.   She was also the first woman and African-American to be appointed to the board of the Memphis Housing Authority.

A great portrait of Bob Church, Jr., W.C. Handy and Lt. George Lee.

Memphis native and author Arthur Flowers.

To see the complete gallery, please click here.

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