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Saturday, October 25th @ 2:00 pm

Flyer for upcoming Benjamin Hooks event


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by | October 9, 2014 · 1:44 pm

New Digital Collection: Benjamin L. Hooks Collection


We are pleased to announce that our new Benjamin L. Hooks Collection is now available on Dig Memphis.


This past summer, Matthew Hicks and Katie Jakovich (our archival fellows from Rhodes) processed the Benjamin L. Hooks manuscript collection and digitized selected items from that collection for inclusion here in the digital archive.  In addition, Hooks’ daughter, Patricia Hooks Gray, very kindly allowed us to make digital copies of a large number of family photographs which have also been added to this digital collection.

Bessie Hooks and children

The digital collection includes dozens of photographs of Hooks with civil rights leaders, presidents, family members and celebrities, as well as documents and reports related to his time as the Executive Director of the NAACP and a member of the FCC.

Benjamin Hooks speaking in the FCC days.

We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 25th, at 2:00 to celebrate the opening of the Benjamin L. Hooks Collection and to congratulate Matt and Katie on a job well done.

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Thank you, Matt and Katie!

Katie and Matt in the Memphis Room

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.

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Thank you both for your great work and wonderful enthusiasm!  Don’t forget to come back and visit soon!

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Architecture in Memphis

Architecture in Memphis

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by | November 6, 2013 · 5:24 pm

Summer in the Memphis Room

Each summer, our Archival Fellows from Rhodes College are required to write a brief reflective essay on their time in the Memphis Room.  This year, Regan Adolph submitted the following essay to her professor.  She has given us permission to post it here, and we do so because she does such a wonderful job of capturing the excitement and variety of experience that working in the archives can provide.

Tomorrow is Regan’s last day, and though we are sad and will miss her (as we already miss Lanier!), we are so glad that we had the opportunity to play host to these two wonderful young ladies and to help them learn to apply their knowledge and skills to preserving Memphis’ history.  We are so proud of both of them and we cannot wait to see what they do next!

Walking into the Memphis Public Library and Information Center for the forty-sixth time this summer, on the tenth Monday of my fellowship, I realized that I was just as excited to start my day in the archives as I was on that first Monday in May. I genuinely looked forward to working on my current project, seeing everyone in the history department, and being responsible for something in the Memphis and Shelby County Room that would be the authority on a certain topic. Knowing the importance of what I was accomplishing, utilizing my passion for meticulous organizing, and working alongside someone of considerable similarities made for an incredible experience as an Archival Fellow. Continue reading

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Our Summer Fellows

It’s summertime in the Memphis Room, which means our Archival Fellows are hard at work!  Regan Adolph and Lanier Flanders are burning through a lot of projects (which we’ll tell you much more about soon), but for now here are some candid images of our wonderful scholars working in the Memphis Room.

Lanier and the Board Regan at workThe boardLanier by shelvesProcessing Room Lanier and photos Lanier and boxes  Regan and Blueprint

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Video: Making Sense of the American Civil War – Part V – War and Freedom

The fifth and final discussion of our Making Sense of the American Civil War program series.

Please join us for a reception and viewing of the film Shiloh: A Fiery Trail on Thursday, April 18th, at 6:00 pm in the Meeting Rooms at the Central Library.  (Feel free to wear your period costume!)

MAKING SENSE OF THE CIVIL WAR – PART V: WAR AND FREEDOM from Memphis Public Library on Vimeo.

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