The Humanities department staff can help you locate sources to aid in the appraisal of your items, and we can refer you to appraisal professionals. We cannot, however, appraise your items personally and are not responsible for items brought into the library.
Sotheby’s - International auction house extraordinaire. Perfect for appraising high-dollar items.
Christie’s - Fine art appraisal and more.
American Society of Appraisers - Find an appraiser near you or learn more about becoming one.
Appraisers Association of America - Find an appraiser focusing on fine and decorative arts, including books.
Antique Appraisals - Specialists in antiques and decorative arts, fine art, furniture, porcelain, silver, collectibles, vintage automobiles, oriental rugs, books and manuscripts.
Kovel’s.com - THE collectibles price guide.
Antique Trader - Online home of premier antique magazine featuring articles, news, and classifieds.
Collector’s Weekly - Information and identification assistance for every kind of collectible.
Collect.com - Collect comics, jewelry, ceramics, art? Use this site to price it, buy it, or sell it.
Antiques Roadshow Glossary - Decode your memorabilia with this excellent glossary.
Ebay - Use Ebay to compare collectibles prices among sellers.
Great Collectible – An online directory for various collectibles.
Curioscape - A directory of over 5,000 online antique shops.
World Collectors Net - The social networking site for collectors - includes features, message boards, and collectors blogs.
Collectionantique - “A national directory of antique dealer supplies and services and collectible dealers providing shop locations, addresses, phone numbers all across the state.”
Antiques and Collectibles National Association - “This is the official site of Antique dealers and collectors. It provides mall and shop owner information, show promotion information and a promotion mall/shop/dealer locator.”
Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (AABA) - Their Learn More About Rare Books page is a wonderful place to start for any new book collector.
Book Finder - Searches and compares books using a multitude of search engines.
Bibliofind - Search for rare and out of print books using this search engine provided by Amazon
Faded Giant Guide to Rare and Old Book Values - Some great resources here, especially the author’s signature directory.
Internet Public Library Rare Books FAQ - Resources and strategies for book collectors.
AbeBooks - Buy, sell, and get information on rare books from the people with passion for books. Don’t miss the videos!
Your Old Books - Don’t let the title fool you - this website is presented by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Get started learning about evaluating your own collection today!
IOBA Book Terminology - The Independent Online Booksellers Association helps you decode book speak (like biopredation, provenance and disiderata) with this helpful glossary.
Universal Autograph Collectors Club – Info for collecting and authenticating autographs
Professional Stamp Experts – Offers price guides, authentications, and grades.
Trading Card Central – For both sports and non-sports cards.
Hemmings - The world’s largest collector-car marketplace.
Antique Automobile Club of America – For antique car collectors and enthusiasts.
Old Cars Weekly - Online publication for antique car collectors.
Military Trader and Vehicles - The military collecting destination.
Society of Paper Money Collectors, Inc. – All about paper money.
World Currency Museum – Find images of bank notes from around the world.
National Antique Doll Dealers Association – Offers guidelines and resources for doll collecting.
TheForce.Net – Star Wars collecting news.
Comic Book Collecting Association – For comic book enthusiasts.
CBGXtra - Online comic book buying guide.
Goldmine - Online record collecting magazine.
International Vintage Guitar Collectors Association - Host national events where collectors can gather, discuss, and price vintage guitars.
American Cut Glass – For collectors of cut glass.
Depression-Glass.net - Identification library, shop and internet glass directory.
American Furniture Collecting Guide - Brought to you by the professionals at Christie’s.
Antique and Vintage Furniture - Part of the Collector’s Weekly site.
The Classic Typewriter Page – A goldmine for typewriter enthusiasts.
Glass Insulators – An online guide for collectors of early communication insulators.
Beckett Marketplace - The sports collector’s marketplace.
Sports Memorabilia - Ever wonder what that signed baseball or basketball jersey is worth? Find out here.
Sports Collectors Digest - Magazine resource about cards, memorabilia and more.
Memphis Coin Club - Memphis’s resident coin fans host two shows a year and have a special collection of coin related reference materials in the Humanities department.
Mid South Coin Co., Inc. - Supplier of rare and collectible coins with appraisal services available.
Comics and Collectibles - Memphis’s largest comic book store. Check out the message boards to find the rare books you’ve been looking for, or to post what you have.
Memphis Antique Appraisals - Accredited and certified appraisal services.
Burke’s Books - A local bookstore specializing in new, used, and rare books, including first editions and signed books.
Links to Web sites that will help in providing information about copyright.
The Humanities Department on the second floor of the Central library are ready to assist customers with questions about copyright.
United States Copyright Office Home Page The official U.S. government site for copyright information. Forms,
publications, circulars, and more information are available on the web site.
Mailing Address of the U.S. Copyright Office:
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000
Public Information Office telephone number: (202) 707-3000 Operators are available to answer questions, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, eastern time, Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays.
Forms and Publications Hotline (202) 707-9100 Use this telephone number to request application forms for registration of
copyright and information circulars. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.
From “Copyright Basics,” U.S. Copyright Office.
Websites that include information about Copyright:
United States Copyright Office
The official website of the copyright office in the Library of Congress. Includes information on copyright office records, legislation, publications, and forms.
General information on copyright in everyday language. Includes tutorials
Copyright Law Encyclopedia
This site includes copyright basics, information on the fair use rule, and law changes that may effect you
Links to Copyright-Related Web Sites
Includes text of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 and Guidelines from Reports on the Copyright Act of 1976, as well as to other useful web sites. Part of the Copyright Clearance Web Site.
This site tells you how to get copyright clearance from authors and publishers.
Copyright Clearance Center
This site provides information on how to gain permission to reproduce copyrighted works.
How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a work
This site, a part of the United States Copyright Office web site, includes information on the several ways available to investigate whether a work has copyright protection.
Locating US Copyright Holders
Provides basic information about US Copyright law to help in the identification of holders of copyright in the United States.
The name of a song can be put into this website to find who holds the licensing for the song.
The following sites offer contact information regarding periodicals and radio shows for anyone with questions about the reproduction of a work found in a periodicals or of something heard on a radio show:
The Internet Directory of Publications
An excellent site to search for the contact information for over 150,000 periodicals.
A web site that may help identify something heard on a radio show and with contact information for the radio show for anyone interested in reproducing something heard on a particular show.
Copyright Society of the U.S.A
A non-profit organization that was formed to advance the study of copyright law and the rights of holders of all forms of intellectual property.
Software & Information Industry Association – Copyright Law & Related Issues
Information on copyright concerning the software industry can be found here.
World Intellectual Property Association
This site provides information about the protection of intellectual property on an international basis. Specifically, there is the Directory of National Copyright Administrators available on this site which gives, in most cases, the addresses and telephone numbers of the copyright administrators offices for countries from around the world.
Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage”. Here in the Humanities Department, that stage is constructed on an extensive collection covering the entertainment industry: books, CDs, DVDs and videos from Hollywood to New York and across the globe. You will also find popular biographies of your favorite entertainers, comics, dancers, and musicians, as well as companion books to television shows, popular films, and music history. We are also proud of our theatre selection, which contains scripts of plays showcased here in Memphis and all over the world, books on the craft of theatre, as well as technical material about stage lighting, set decoration, costuming and make-up. We do not, however, keep the entertainment DVDs here. For classic films and the latest hits on DVD and videocassette, please visit the Popular Library.
The links below will connect you to many of Memphis’s playhouses and theaters. There are also links to major theatre and film resources, as well as abundant resources about Memphis’s great local theatre, film, and radio scene.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Official site for the Oscars.
Motion Picture Association of America - They not only provide the familiar ratings for the movies we see, they advocate for intellectual property rights, fair trade, and great film.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association - Official website of the Golden Globes.
American Film Institute - Dedicated to the preservation of the motion picture.
International Documentary Association - An international nonfiction filmmaker’s association dedicated to providing resources, information and support.
IndieWire - A news magazine devoted to independent film.
Slashfilm - Blogging the Reel World - an irreverent look at film and pop culture.
Film School Rejects - News, reviews, trailers and essays for the film obsessive.
Internet Movie Database - The best place to find movie facts anywhere. Plus a very active online community.
Rotten Tomatoes - Not sure if you should see that movie this weekend? Rotten Tomatoes gathers all the reviews for you, and even gives you a collective rating.
Golden Raspberry Award - Awards for the very worst in film. Who gets the Razzie this year?
Film Underground - The independent filmmaker’s technical information goldmine.
Internet Broadway Database - Official site for Broadway theater info.
Tony Awards - Official site of the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards
Playbill - The online home of the theatre magazine.
Theatrecrafts - An online glossary of technical theatre terminology.
USITT - United States Institute for Theatre Technology
Shakespeare Resource Center - A collection of links to help you interpret and enjoy Shakespeare even more.
LOCAL THEATRE AND DANCE
Orpheum Memphis - Memphis’s historic theatre. Check to see what’s playing this season
Playhouse on the Square - Memphis’s resident theatre house
Theatre Memphis - One of the oldest and most successful community theatres in the country.
TheatreWorks Memphis - Home of over a dozen resident theatre companies
Hattiloo Theatre - The home of black repertory theatre in Memphis
Opera Memphis - Memphis’s regional opera center
University of Memphis Department of Theatre - Live theater and dance at the U of M campus
Rhodes College McCoy Theatre - Theatre brought to you by Rhodes College
Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center - Housed at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. Offers a wide variety of shows for all ages
Germantown Performing Arts Center - Music, dance, and theatre
Germantown Community Theatre - Community theatre out east
Bartlett Community Theatre - Volunteer theater since 1982
Harrell Performing Arts Theatre - Collierville’s theatre
Tennessee Theatre Association - Supports theatre throughout Tennessee
Ballet Memphis - Memphis’s ballet company
WEVL:Memphis Volunteer Radio 89.9 FM
WUMR: University of Memphis 91.7 FM
Radio Locator - Searchable source for internet radio.
National Public Radio - Online site for NPR’s news, arts and lifestyle reporting.
FCC - Federal Communications Commission
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - You know them as the Emmys.
WYPL TV 18 - Memphis - The library’s in-house television station.
TV Guide - Find out what’s on.
Station Index: The Broadcasting Website - Memphis Station Guide
PBS - Public Broadcasting Service
Archive of American Television - The legends of television history discuss their work in hundreds of interviews.
Memphis Public Library has a lot to offer the music lover. This web page and the library’s in-house music collection is a virtual gold mine through which the curious explorer can get acquainted with a broad range of musical genres. In conjunction with the Popular Library, the Humanities Department houses some of Central Library’s core music collections. In the Popular Library, you will find newly released albums on CD as well as a variety of choices in rock and roll, jazz, contemporary gospel, country, rhythm and blues.
The Humanities Department features instrumental music such as classical, baroque, ballet, opera, symphony and more. You could take a virtual tour around the globe with music from our World Music Collection, or you can stay close to home and check out a CD from the Memphis Music Section, which includes Memphis legends and new Memphis musicians, as well as compilations from Sun, Stax, Hi, Goner, and Ardent recording studios. The whole collection is available for check out, but be sure to listen to WYPL 89.3 FM every night from 8 to midnight to hear highlights from the Memphis Music Collection.
In addition to Memphis music, Humanities music collection features a wide variety of instrumental and vocal music, including classical composers, chamber music, choral music, international music, and Broadway musical soundtracks. Humanities also collects sheet music and guides to help you learn to play that instrument gathering dust in your closet.
Here in the Humanities Department, we recognize that words and language are the key to coexisting and communication. We try to foster a collection that recognizes the complexity of language, whether your intent is to acquire a new language or learn more about your native tongue. You can find an abundance of English as Second Language (ESL) resources, as well as many types of books and media to help you learn Spanish, French, Japanese, American Sign Language and more. We also feature books about the history of language development, and a small but growing collection of novels in foreign languages.
Google Translate - Need a fast translation? Google may be able to help.
Babel Fish - Bing’s translation service.
Free-Translator.com - A free way to translate dozens of languages.
Translated.net - An internet translation machine. It also offers professional translation services.
Lexicool – Online language dictionaries.
Literacy Mid-South - This non-profit literacy center offers private tutoring for learners new to English, as well as many more literacy services.
LINC/211 Community Resources Database - Find local ESL and language help. If you have trouble using the database, just call 2-1-1 for assistance.
Catholic Charities of West Tennessee - Provides refugee and immigrant services, including English language training.
Russian Cultural Center - Provides assistance to native Russian speakers in Memphis through ESL classes. Also teaches Russian as a second language courses.
English as Second Language (ESL) resources can be essential for new Americans or anyone learning to speak, read and write English. The ESL collection in the Humanities Department has many helpful resources to help you accomplish that goal, whatever your native language.Along with the Humanities department, Memphis Public Library and Information Center is host to several English as Second Language Resource Centers. You can find ESL Centers at the Cordova branch, the Raleigh branch, the East Shelby branch, the Randolph branch and the Parkway Village branch. MPLIC offers Citizenship Programs to help immigrants with the Naturalization process, prepare for the Citizenship Examination, and learn about their rights and responsibilities as United States citizens. We also host Naturalization Ceremonies. Call 901-417-2700 for more information.
Learning Express Library - Find U.S. Citizenship preparation help here (in English and Spanish), and courses that provide practice in listening to, reading, speaking, and writing English. Available through the MPLIC database collection, and Tennessee Electronic Library.
You will need to register and create a password to use this database, but after that you can log in as a returning user any time of the day. If you are not on an MPLIC computer, you can use Memphis as your username and Elvis as the password.
BBC Skillswise - A great source if you want to learn or improve basic skills such as typing, handwriting, word and sentence grammar. If you like this page, be sure to check out their Math help page and their Webwise page too!
Learn English - Created by the British Council, this international site is an excellent source for vocabulary and grammar lessons, as well as a place to interact with other learners around the world all learning English together.
OWL at Purdue Grammar Lab - Review the basics of grammar at the Online Writing Lab.
Sounds of English - Using pictures, video, text and sound, this site helps the learner differentiate between similar sounds in English words. Includes lots of activities and exercises.
Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab - Randall Davis is an experienced ESL teacher, which is apparent in this excellent resource for English learners. He provides links to many conversations of various levels of difficulty alongside quizzes, vocabulary, and self-reflection exercises.
ESL Partyland - Language lessons for English learners and teachers about real life - food, music, travel, the internet, and of course, dating.
Mango Languages - Provided through MPLIC’s database center, this free language learning experience can teach you just the basics, or you can choose to deepen your knowledge of a language you already know a little. To access it, go to the MPLIC Databases page, choose the M - N tab, and click on the first link: Mango Languages. Just use your library card to sign in. It also features a translation module similar to Google Translate.
CALL@Hull - A repository of links and resources for language learners, especially those in higher education.
The National Foreign Language Resource Center - From the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Contains resources for instructors of foreign languages.
Phrasebase Language Learning Resources - An online community for language learning.
Language Learning Library - Interactive audio/visual tools to help you as you learn.
Language Course Finder – An online directory for finding language schools and courses.
Start Learning American Sign Language – A free resource for learning American Sign Language.
Online resources for Spanish language learning – Free resources for learning Spanish.
SIL International - A resource for language training communities.
iLoveLanguages - An online catalog of online language learning resources.
Learning Chinese Online - A free tool to learn Chinese at your own pace.
Digital Dialects – Online language learning games for words, phrases, alphabets, etc.
Listen 2 Russian – Learn to read and speak Russian.
Repeat After Us - An online language lab to help users with both language and literature.
Armchair Grammarian - All about English grammar and punctuation.
Word Spy - For people who love to learn new words.
The Book of Cliches - Discover cliches and how to use them.
The Word Wizard - Discusses the origins of English words and phrases.
Traditional Grammatical Terminology - Explains the parts of speech, cases, syntax, etc.
The literary world is vast, encompassing the world’s languages and histories in the form of poetry, drama, narrative and literary criticism. Literary resources take up almost half the nonfiction space in the Humanities department. It ranges from creative and practical writing resources to volumes of American, European and global short stories, plays, and poetry. Ample criticisms complement the collection, contextualizing the world’s literature. With the help of the Humanities staff, you can find original texts and resources for homework, research, or just for your own reading pleasure. Useful for both students and scholars, our collection of literary fiction and critical analyses of literature is among the best.
The links below give you an idea of how varied literary resources can be. This page will lead the researcher as well as the casual reader to fresh and up-to-date resources.
There are far too many book awards to list. Below are a few notable prizes in the publishing and writing world, but you find an exhaustive list of American, British, and world prizes at the Wikipedia page for Literary Awards.
Like literary awards, there are far too many little magazines, small press journals, and literary reviews to possibly list - but here are just a few.
Memphis is known worldwide as the birthplace of rock n’ roll. Our rich music history has inspired many to pursue a musical career. If you are feeling inspired, then you may want to check out our Music Business resources. We have texts on music writing and publishing, advice for the legal aspects of the music industry, and books that explain how to break into the music business.
The sites listed are for informational use only.
The Public Library does not offer its endorsement of any of these sites.
Used regularly by believers from all faiths as a source of inspiration, reflection and scholarly study, this extensive and diverse collection includes books, cassettes, DVDs, and reference sources. Our collection covers all of the major and many of the minor faiths and includes an extensive collection of comparative religion resources and commentaries. We also have devotionals, books of prayer, and spirituality guides.
The links below can be a gateway to informational websites for and about the major faiths and their sub sects. They support our collection and offer a variety of opinions and outside links. Memphis Public Library and Information Center strives to represent all faiths and opinions, but does not support any one in particular.
The main questions in philosophy are “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” As its Greek derivation suggests, philosophy is all about the love of wisdom, and following these questions through the various avenues of understanding. Questioning is fundamental in the quest to understand any concept, any field of endeavor, anything inside or outside the universe.
If loving wisdom and asking questions is the philosopher’s delight, it is truer still that exploration of the assumptions of EVERYTHING-and we mean everything, is then the calling of the philosopher.
If this is your calling, browse our philosophy books or the websites below to pique your curiosity.
Go to the Teens page.
This impressive collection will put you in touch with the great art of the ages with beautiful, glossy art books with full-color reproductions as well as biographies of artists and other art-related materials. There are also instruction guides for how to paint, draw, sculpt, and create other kinds of art. Scholars will relish our collection of criticisms and theories while novices will be attracted to our volumes of art appreciation.