In April 2019, Memphis Public Libraries ventured into the abandoned Mid-South Coliseum to determine if there was anything worth preserving. Learn about what was found, the adventures obtaining long-forgotten materials, and the development of this unconventional collection.
The Mid-South Coliseum played host to many concerts at a time when Rock n' Roll and R&B were evolving into a major industry. This was a time of regional concert promoters, affordable tickets, and prolific touring of major acts. There was nothing like it before or after. Visit our Concert Files to browse a spreadsheet of concerts, listen to playlists based on the most popular shows from each year, and learn about other stories related to ticket buying and concert promotions.
Throughout our experience, everyone we have talked to about the Coliseum seems to have a story. Whether it is about a concert, a wrestling match, basketball game, graduation, or other event, let us know your story about the Mid-South Coliseum.
What we found in the Coliseum on our excavations tells only part of the story. Visit our list of other resources to learn even more about the Coliseum.