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 742
PreviewIssue DateTitleAuthor(s)
OPE-42_035.jpg.jpg1997-01-26"Local houses win national recognition"Obermark, Jerome
OPE-01_006_01.jpg.jpg1968Memphis and Vicinity MapSternberg, Irma O.
OPE-01_005_cover.jpg.jpg1964-10Memphis and Vicinity Map and Visitor's Guide-
OPE-02_004.jpg.jpg2017Copy of 1968 News ClippingsSternberg, Irma O.
OPE-02_003.jpg.jpg1972-09Guide 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.jpg1971-06-20Chronology of Litigation, Overton Park Expressway CaseSternberg, Irma O.
OPE-16_001.jpg.jpg1971-02-02"Reader's Plan Would Keep Part of I-40, But Spare Park"Coe, Lawrence; Schneider, Charles H.
OPE-03_001-002 thumb.jpg.jpg1971-10; 1980-07-14"Overton Park is YOUR Park, Memphis!" Postscript and "Chance To Do It Right."Sternberg, Irma O.
OPE-03_005_front.jpg.jpg1980-10-25"Taking The Right To Task"-
OPE-14_007.jpg.jpg1969-05-25"Sewer Fee May Add To City's Headaches"-
OPE-19_003.jpg.jpg1971-11-02"Traffic Flow on Expressway Aired Again"Black, Kay Pittman and Jones, Tom
OPE-19_004.jpg.jpg1971-11-02"City Council All Set to Act on $1 Million Park Proposal"Sternberg, Irma O.
OPE-16_004.jpg.jpg1971-01-09"War On Pollution"Hanna, Gordon
OPE-19_001_pg001.jpg.jpg1971-11"A Little Green Oasis in a Desert of Blackness"Mander, Jerry
OPE-01_007_01.jpg.jpg2017Map of Overton Park and OPE-
OPE-01_008_01.jpg.jpg1970SIPI ReportSternberg, Irma O.
OPE-19_002.jpg.jpg1971-09-02"Park Routing Called 'Legal but Unwise'"Lollar, Michael
OPE-16_007.jpg.jpg1971-01-14"Consumers Vs. Highway Lobby"Wicker, Tom
OPE-19_006.jpg.jpg2017"Now We've Done It... Citizens Against Raccoons!"Sternberg, Irma O.
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 742