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Thank you, Karen!

A quick but heartfelt THANK YOU to our departing volunteer, Karen Kalnins!

Karen has worked diligently for two years adding images to Memphis Streetscapes, but we must say goodbye as she leaves us for an appointment with the Peace Corps.  Best of luck and congratulations!


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Come work with us!

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.

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New Digital Collection: Pink Palace Photograph Collection

We couldn’t be more thrilled to tell you that the Pink Palace Photograph Collection is coming to a computer screen near you.

Volunteer Becky Muska has joined our fold and is beginning the daunting task of digitizing this large collection. Though the collection has been at the library since an equipment-for-images trade with the Pink Palace in 1976, this will be the first time that it will be possible to browse or search the wonderful photos that make up the collection.

The process is just getting started so check back every few weeks to see the new images that will be added. You’ll find pictures of all sorts of things–buildings, boats, people, places… I couldn’t list it all if I tried.

To see the first 25 images in the collection, click here.

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Help Wanted

Do you love history?  Have you been searching for a great volunteer opportunity?  Would you want to work… from home?!

We are seeking volunteers to transcribe the documents that are added to the digital archive.  This very important work will allow the documents to be full-text searchable, aiding researchers for years to come.  Volunteers should be computer-literate, and if you want to volunteer from outside the library, you will need a computer and an internet connection.

So, if this sounds like something you might be interested in, please contact the History Department.  (Our contact information is in the right-hand column.)

Oh, and if computer-based work is not your thing or you just don’t admire 19th century handwriting, we are always looking for volunteers to help preserve and process other collections in the archives.  Just give us a call…

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