2013 marked the 175th anniversary of the Memphis Chamber, and to celebrate the Chamber donated this digital collection to the Memphis Room. Our many thanks to the Chamber’s Director of Operations, Eric Elam, for scanning all of these files for us.
Included are annual minutes and publications, photographs, resolutions, news clippings, marketing materials, and more from across the years. (Additional photographs and newspaper clippings will be added in the coming months.)
We’re really not supposed to play favorites, as everything in this collection is pretty awesome, but… The film footage from this collection is just incredible!
In 2004, the library’s TV station (WYPL) first aired a new show called “Memphis Sounds with George Klein.” Each month George Klein would sit down with local musicians, legends and others related to the music industry to discuss the past, present, and future of our city’s musical heritage. We have digitized a few episodes of that show and they are now available for your viewing pleasure on Dig Memphis. They will eventually be added to our Vimeo channel as well. So if you’d like to hear from Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge, Sam the Sham, Kallen Esperian and many, many more… take a look and listen.
Memphis Sounds with George Klein – Episode 32 from Dig Memphis on Vimeo.
As G.K. would say, “Rock on, Memphis!”
Our expert volunteer researcher John Dulaney brought something new to our attention today:
CriticalPast is an archival image warehouse with thousands of still and moving images from various sources, mostly federal. The files can be viewed in their entirety on the website or they can be permanently acquired for a fee. There are a number of moving images from Memphis that are worth a look.
And don’t forget that we are now adding videos to Dig Memphis. Let us know if you have a film or home movie you would like to share.
This week, we are excited to add 14 videos to The M Files.
Richard Hoffman (a former colleague) submitted a video for the flood project last summer, and now he has graciously donated copies of films he made here in Memphis between 1955 and 1984. Originally recorded on 8mm film, these clips capture events and life in Memphis in a way that still photography simply cannot.
So, want to watch the Cotton Carnival parade? Or, perhaps you’d like to take a drive over the new Hernando de Soto Bridge? Maybe a visit to the zoo will do you some good… Or you can always watch a hot air balloon race at Shelby Farms… Thanks to Richard, you can take trips back in time whenever you would like.
Bicentennial Freedom Train from Digital Projects on Vimeo.
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