Irma O. Sternberg Overton Park Expressway Collection Collection home page


Irma O. Sternberg (1915-2007) was a Memphis activist who worked to keep an expressway from being built through the center of Overton Park which is located in the Mid-town area of Memphis, Tennessee. Mrs. Sternberg's collection of over 1500 items relating to the Overton Park controversy includes published articles, correspondence, legal case descriptions, newspaper clippings, editorials and her personal notes all of which were used in building the case against the construction of the expressway. She also used these materials to write her booklet, “Overton Park is Your Park, Memphis" which she published in 1971. She gave these items to the Rhodes College History Department which then transferred them to the College Archives in 2005 where they are stored in the Archives’ vault. Katie Lane, Class of 2007 who worked in the Archives from 2005 until 2007, processed the materials and created the finding aid to the collection which is published here. The Irma Sternberg Faculty Support Fund in American History was established in 2009 through the estate of Irma O. Sternberg to support research and teaching in American history. Researchers may consult the Sternberg collection during regular Archives hours.

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Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 469
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PreviewIssue DateTitleAuthor(s)
OPE-01_006_01.jpg.jpg1968Memphis and Vicinity MapSternberg, Irma O.
OPE-01_005_cover.jpg.jpgOct-1964Memphis and Vicinity Map and Visitor's Guide-
OPE-02_004.jpg.jpg2017Copy of 1968 News ClippingsSternberg, Irma O.
OPE-02_003.jpg.jpgSep-1972Guide to Tape Recordings of Environmental Impact HearingSternberg, Irma O.
OPE-02_002_01.jpg.jpg2017Chronology of Articles on Hand Regarding Public Hearings on I-40 RouteSternberg, Irma O.
OPE-02_001_01.jpg.jpg20-Jun-1971Chronology of Litigation, Overton Park Expressway CaseSternberg, Irma O.
sternberg_cover.JPG.jpg1971Overton Park is YOUR park, MemphisSternberg, Irma O.
OPE-05_007.jpg.jpg11-Jun-1980"Blow To City's Schools"Grehl, Michael.; Garner, William "Bill"
OPE-06_006.jpg.jpg21-Jun-1980"Travelling Another Direction"Sternberg, Irma O.
OPE-03_008.jpg.jpg14-Jul-1980"Tyranny From Whom?" and "Crusade Could Backfire"Grehl, Michael
OPE-05_005_front.jpg.jpg2017"The Real Problems"-
OPE-04_003.jpg.jpg27-Mar-1980"Opiate of the Masses"Grehl, Michael
OPE-04_001_front.jpg.jpg9-Aug-1980"A Man We Need"Grehl, Michael
OPE-04_008.jpg.jpg10-Dec-1980"The Trust Problem"-
OPE-04_007.jpg.jpg28-Nov-1980"A Matter of Trust"-
OPE-06_012.jpg.jpg28-Jul-1980"The 70-Cent Issue"-
OPE-06_009.jpg.jpg1980AMTRAKGarner, William "Bill"
OPE-01_004.jpg.jpg22-Dec-1970Realtor's Listings Map of Metropolitan Memphis-
OPE-01_007_01.jpg.jpg2017Map of Overton Park and OPE-
OPE-06_013.jpg.jpg16-Aug-1980"'They' Have Done It, Again"-
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 469
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