The Samella S. Lewis Papers

We are pleased to announce that the processing of the Samella S. Lewis papers is now complete. Samella Lewis is an artist, educator, filmmaker and author from New Orleans. She attended Dillard University, Hampton University and Ohio State University and has taught at many American universities. She is the founder of the International Review of…

The Personal Journey of Brownie Broadway

In 1990, on the occasion of playwright Rebecca Ranson‘s forty-seventh birthday, the writer and poet delivered a public performance in Atlanta while in character as her alter ego, Brownie Broadway. The dialogue, performed with call-and-response audience participation, recounted the most important experiences in the playwright’s life, including her pregnancy at age seventeen, her first marriage…

Almena Lomax: Journalist, Civil Rights Activist, and Novelist [Part II]

“Revealing Her Story: Documenting African American Women Intellectuals” is a two-year project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to arrange and describe the personal papers of nine African American women writers, artists and musicians. Collections included in the project are the Pearl Cleage papers; additions to the Delilah Jackson papers; the Samella…

Managing Malaria: The Emory University Field Station and The Melvin H. Goodwin Papers

MARBL is pairing with Southern Spaces, a peer-reviewed, multimedia, open-access journal published in collaboration with the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University, to publish short features on MARBL collections, events, and exhibits that tell the history of spaces and places in the US South. These posts investigate the geographical, historical, and cultural study of real…

“Revealing Her Story” Exhibition for Women’s History Month

 “Revealing Her Story: Documenting African American Women Intellectuals” is a two-year project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to arrange and describe the personal papers of nine African American women writers, artists and musicians. Collections included in the project are the Pearl Cleage papers; additions to the Delilah Jackson papers; the Samella…

MARBL Acquires Rare Atlanta Fanzines from the 1940s

Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) recently acquired six issues of The T-Jacket Journal, the official newsletter of the Sing with the Sinatras Club of Atlanta. This group of “bobby soxers,” or fans of swing music, shared a love of Frank Sinatra, to whom they comically vowed their devotion: “I pledge allegiance to…

Where Art and Politics Collide

Playwrights Carlton and Barbara Molette compiled newspaper articles on performances of “Sizwe Bansi is Dead,” a play penned by the noted white South African dramatist Athol Fugard. The title character in this particular play lives in apartheid-era South Africa, where he is prohibited from traveling or holding a job without appropriate marks (which he lacks)…

Almena Lomax: Journalist, Civil Rights Activist, and Novelist [Part I]

 “Revealing Her Story: Documenting African American Women Intellectuals” is a two-year project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to arrange and describe the personal papers of nine African American women writers, artists and musicians. Collections included in the project are the Pearl Cleage papers; additions to the Delilah Jackson papers; the Samella…

Three Little Words

Valentine’s Day has a reputation for being shallow. It is ridiculed for its materiality (the flowers! the expensive gifts! the obligatory chocolate boxes and sentimental notes!) and vilified as a poorly-concealed corporate moneygrubbing scam. Beyond our suspicion of Hallmark, though, is a more instinctual conviction about the holiday dedicated to love – we feel it…

Struggle Against Disease and Discrimination: The Jesse Peel Papers

MARBL is pairing with Southern Spaces, a peer-reviewed, multimedia, open-access journal published in collaboration with the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University, to publish short features on MARBL collections, events, and exhibits that tell the history of spaces and places in the US South. These posts investigate the geographical, historical, and cultural study of…

Shipping was a Family Business

William G. Porter was the head of consignment shipping company, William G. Porter and Company, out of Apalachicola, Florida, and the collection contains the business records of the company from 1831 through the 1870s as well as letters and documents of the family during that time and through 1936. This collection has incredible research potential,…

Processing Fun: Samella Lewis’ Subject Files

“Revealing Her Story: Documenting African American Women Intellectuals” is a two-year project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to arrange and describe the personal papers of nine African American women writers, artists and musicians. Collections included in the project are the Pearl Cleage papers; additions to the Delilah Jackson papers; the Samella…