Touring Elvis Presley's Graceland Archives

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Welcome to the official blog of Elvis Presley’s Graceland! You can take Elvis-inspired quizzes, get first-looks on events here at Graceland and how-to guides on everything you need to know about Elvis and his home. Like Elvis, we come with a little southern charm

Touring Elvis Presley's Graceland Archives

By Alyssa Long

Did you know there are over 1.5 million artifacts at Elvis Presley’s Graceland?

I had the opportunity to sit down with Angie Marchese, the Director of Archives, and she told me some very interesting stories about Elvis and Graceland that you might not have heard before.

The Samurai Sword

Every once in a while, the archivists who work solely at Graceland will go through each room and catalog every item that is in the room. This helps them maintain the house so that every single guest that steps through the front door is greeting with the same scene Elvis Presley was. Well, on one of these cataloging missions, while they were in the Living Room, Angie opened the top drawer of the cabinet that is located to the right of the fireplace and she saw something she definitely wasn’t expecting. Inside that drawer was a Samurai Sword! She cataloged it, put it back, and it’s still there today.

Christmas Decorations

During the Christmas season, Graceland undergoes a transformation. Angie and her team deck the halls of Graceland with all of Elvis’ Christmas decorations. It’s truly magical to experience the warmth of Graceland at Christmastime. Well, something that makes this even more impressive, is that the entire house is decorated in one night!

Detective Work

Before Elvis was the King of Rock 'n' Roll, he was a truck driver. A pay stub from that job is in Graceland's Archives. Before Elvis was the King of Rock 'n' Roll, he was a truck driver. A pay stub from that job is in Graceland's Archives.

The documents and artifacts that are housed in the archives and throughout the exhibits at Graceland are so much more than just items on display. They are sometimes used to find the missing pieces of an Elvis puzzle. For instance, Angie can look at a photograph of Elvis and pretty much determine the exact time the picture was taken based on receipts, schedules, and other documents they have on file. They have everything from gas receipts, which can help determine Elvis’ location at any given time, to jewelry, records, clothing and contracts. This not only helps authenticate certain items, but it also provides a link between certain items and Elvis’ life.

Picture Negatives

Vernon Presley was a very organized man who documented everything. A few years ago, when Angie was going through Vernon’s office, they stumbled upon a small envelope with no writing on it. What she found were negatives of pictures that have never been seen before. They were pictures from 1957 of a 22 year old Elvis signing autographs through the gates of Graceland.

The part that excites me the most is that there are still documents stored in the archives that haven’t been analyzed by archivists. There could still be stories about Elvis that haven’t been told yet that are just waiting to be discovered one day in the future.

While you're at Graceland for Elvis Week, take a closer look at the archives on display - and see even more at the Archives Studio.

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 2:15 PM
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