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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.