In Search of Sisterhood: African American Women’s Literary Clubs in MARBL

Minute Book of the Frances E.W. Harper Literary and Social Circle, 1915-1929   Share I have always been fascinated by African American women who organized themselves into literary, social, and service organizations during the early to mid-twentieth century. Many of these clubs were founded within 50 years of emancipation and mark a thirst by African…

A Chance Meeting in MARBL

Janice Rothschild Blumberg and Eva Dean in MARBL   Share Related Story: Rare MARBL scrapbook connects Emory student with family history. Related Links:  Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild Collection Finding Aid  Join the discussion It happens sometimes that MARBL has multiple patrons visiting and using our reading room at the same time who are working on…

Neighbors Network Records Now Open

Do you know any racists? After having worked on MARBL’s Neighbors Network collection, I feel as though I know hundreds, maybe thousands of them. The Neighbors Network records offer a chance to get to know the thoughts and personalities of virulent racists as well as the people who sought to monitor and ultimately thwart hate…

The Harleston Family Papers from a Processor’s Perspective

  Share Related Story: MARBL Blog entry about John Biggers, another African American artist whose collections are housed in MARBL Related Links:  Edwin A. Harleston Finding Aid African AmericanCollections at MARBL  Join the discussion As a literary scholar, I find it refreshing to take on historical projects in my second life as a graduate student…

The Art of Bookbinding

Today we take for granted that if we purchase a book it will come with a protective paper or cloth binding but this has not always been the case. The concept of the publisher printing and binding a book is a relatively recent phenomenon, dating from the first half of the 18th century. Before the…

Conditions: A Magazine of Writing by Women With an Emphasis on Writing by Lesbians

  MARBL is honored to add Conditions: a magazine of writing by women with an emphasis on writing by lesbians to our holdings. Conditions comes to MARBL through a generous gift made possible by Professor Cheryl Clarke of Rutgers University and Julie Enszer of the University of Maryland. First published in 1977, the magazine spans…

Researching William Levi Dawson in MARBL

  Share Related Links: William Levi Dawson Finding Aid Research Guide to African American Collections in MARBL  Join the discussion Periodically, the MARBL blog will feature updates and insights from visiting researchers working within MARBL's collections. Gwynne Brown, Assistant Professor of Music History and Music Theory at the University of Puget Sound, spent a month…

“She Sang So Sweet”: Lucille Clifton’s Children’s Literature

The Lucille Clifton Exhibition “She Sang So Sweet:” Lucille Clifton’s Children’s Literature is currently on display on the 2nd Floor of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. The exhibit is curated by Amy Hildreth Chen, Emory PhD student in English. The following is the essay which accompanies the exhibition, written by Amy Hildreth Chen. Beloved mother…

MARBL acquires rare Piranesi folio with map

Emory’s MARBL has been collecting items for our ‘Views of Rome’ collection for over a decade, and we are pleased to announce the latest acquisition: PIRANESI, Giovanni Batista. Campus Martius Antiquae Urbis. Rome, 1762. Elephant folio Giovanni Piranesi (1720-1778) was an Italian etcher, engraver, designer, architect, archaeologist and theorist.  Emory’s copy…

Discovering Atlanta: Confederate Currency

$5 Bill from the Confederate States of America,Confederate Miscellany Collection   Share Many aspects of the Civil War which didn't necessarily occur directly in Atlanta or even in Georgia, had a direct impact on Atlanta's citizens. When the South seceded from the Union, it almost immediately fell into a financial crisis. Problems of inflation plagued…