Special Initiatives

When Rhodes College moved from Clarksville, Tennessee, to Memphis in 1925 under the leadership of President Charles E. Diehl, it was, Diehl said at the time, “the chance of a lifetime” to recreate an institution of excellence in a central location that provides easy access to students from all over, along with greater opportunities for them to learn both inside and outside the classroom.

Ninety years later, President Diehl’s vision is being fully realized, as Rhodes students are contributing to the Memphis community in immeasurable ways by fully engaging with the city’s culture, people, and causes.

Rhodes also aims to be a resource for Memphis and the surrounding region. To that aim, the college has engaged in projects that help to preserve the story of the city, archive documents and objects of historical interest, record the voices of its citizens, and improve the lives of those in the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond. Some of these projects are accessible here, while others are available through the archives, both digital and otherwise, maintained in Paul Barret, Jr. Library.