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  • Books

There are approximately 60,000 books on all aspects of regional history, natural history, and culture housed in Preservation and Special Collections. This department is also the home to the library’s most rare and special books that span a number of different subjects.

  • Theses and Dissertations

Preservation and Special Collections is home to an archival set of all theses and dissertations filed at the University of Memphis up until 2010. Theses and Dissertations filed after this time are housed on the university’s database: Current Research at the University of Memphis.



A collection of clippings, original photographs, and other materials used in the creation of the Memphis evening newspaper that went out of business in 1984. The collection uses a subject index stored on catalog cards created by the paper to serve as the finding aid for this collection.


The collection is also known as the Memphis Sanitation Worker’s Strike Collection. This collection contains materials related to the sanitation worker’s strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Approximately 1500 hours of radio recordings collected and donated by emeritus profession Marvin R. Bensman.  The link above provides details about what can be found in the collection and instructions on how to obtain copies of materials.

  • Oral History Collection

This collection contains over 3,000 interviews on many topics of local, regional, and national interest. Almost the entirety of the collection was produced by the Oral History Research Office of the University of Memphis’ History Department. Transcripts with releases can be found on the library’s Internet Archive site.

  • Maps

The Department of Preservation and Special Collections has over 1,000 maps housed in its collection. A portion of the maps are available through our online catalog and all maps can be found through the department’s map card catalog.


Digital Resources

This is a collection of digitized materials owned by the University of Memphis Libraries. It includes select materials from our Oral History holdings and other university publications including, school bulletins, annuals, and graduation programs. The Internet Archive is the digital repository for Lambuth University holdings owned by the University of Memphis Libraries.

  • Digital Repository

These collections are made up of materials that have been digitized from Preservation and Special Collections’ holdings. They cover topics of regional interest such as landmarks, local music, and African American history, community and culture.


Ed Frank
Preservation and Special Collections Department
Email: efrank@memphis.edu
Phone: (901) 678-8242
Fax: (901) 678-8218
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