Tom Dent and the Literature of Black Suppression

Justin Haynes is an associate professor of English at Randolph-Macon College. He was awarded a Billops-Hatch fellowship in support of his research on carnivals in the Americas. He is the 2021-2023 Nicholas Jenkins Barnett Fellow in fiction at Emory University. Tom Dent’s creative writing and essays focus on centering cultural Blackness in his hometown of Read More …

Uncovering Enslavement on the Main Emory Campus: Two Receipts from the Civil War Era

Mark Auslander is a historical anthropologist and former faculty member at Emory College and Oxford College. Let us consider two receipts issued during the Civil War in the town of Decatur, Georgia. Both cast light on the structures and experiences of enslavement on the lands that would become, many decades later, parts of the main Read More …

Geoffrey Holder’s Scripts are now available for research

Abbey Hafer is a PhD Candidate in the Art History department at Emory University specializing in early modern Italian art and architecture. She is a Graduate Processing Assistant for the Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade papers at Rose Library. This newly available subseries of the Geoffrey Holder papers consists of hundreds of scripts and Read More …

Caring for Collections: Accessioning and the Kathleen Cleaver papers

Accessioning Archvisit Meaghan O’Riordian talks about accessioning and the Kathleen Cleaver Papers. Here at the Rose Library, we are committed to providing access to new collections we acquire as soon as possible. In archives jargon, this is known as “accessioning as processing.” Accessioning is:   …a rich hybrid of pre- and post-custodial work that requires physical, intellectual, and emotional labor. Read More …

Correspondence from the Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade papers is now open for research

Writers, actors and artists like James Baldwin, Eartha Kitt and Ada “Bricktop” Smith found inspiration, escape and illustrious careers in Paris. It was in a Paris nightclub that composer and piano virtuoso Mary Lou Williams stood up from her piano and retired from music for three years, in search of a more spiritual path (Wilson, Read More …

Rose Library’s collections tie the past and present together: Rabbi Jacob Rothschild & Jon Ossoff

  Today Senators Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock will be sworn into office. Ossoff will take the oath of office using Rabbi Jacob Rothschild’s Chumash. Rothschild served as the rabbi for Atlanta’s Reform congregation, the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation, usually referred to as the Temple. The Rothschild papers detail the Rabbi’s friendship with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Read More …

Art Imitates Life: Artists and Authors as Activists

This is the fourth and final post in our Racial Justice Blog Series, which brings together Emory Libraries’ resources with the current struggle to foster social change and anti-racism. Over the course of the series, topics have included Black Student Activism at Emory, Protests and Movements, and Voting Rights. We hope the connections that you make between Read More …

Lift Every Voice: Reconstruction Activism

The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry invite students, members of the Emory community and the general public to “Reconstruction Activism” on Dec. 10th from 10:00am-11:00 am EST. Panelists include Dr. Francine Allen (Morehouse) and Dr. Marla Frederick (Emory), as well as Emory Arts and Social Justice Fellow Read More …

Getting to Know Anicka Austin, Visiting Archivist for Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade papers

Rose Library is staffed by an amazing group of people who are knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about archives. The “Getting to Know…” blog post series asks 5 questions so our staff can introduce themselves in their own words.   Visiting Archivist for the Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade papers Anicka Austin What do you do Read More …

The Panther and The Pig – The Black Panther Party and the Art of Political Communication

Shelly Asquith In October 2019, Shelly Asquith, a postgraduate student at the University of Leeds, conducted research as a Rose Library fellow, funded by the J. Herman Blake and Emily L. Moore Award for research in the Black Panther Party collections. I would like to thank the Rose library workers who were so accommodating, professional and generous Read More …

Following the Fellow: Arthur Reese on African Americans in World War I

In June 2019, Associate Professor and Technical Director in the Theatre and Dance Department of North Carolina Central University, Arthur Reese, and has been awarded a Rose fellowship in support of his planned series of plays on African Americans’ contributions via the U.S. military. African Americans have served in every US conflict from the Revolution Read More …

Lift Every Voice 2020: Legacies of Reconstruction

The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry invite students, members of the Emory community and the general public to “Legacies of Reconstruction” on Nov. 10 from 1:00-2:00 EST. Panelist includes Drs. Susan Ashmore (Emory) & Alyasah Ali Sewell (Emory). It will be moderated by Ph.D. Candidate Camille Read More …