A Goodly Heritage: The William L. Dawson Papers and a Mother-Daughter Duo

My mother, Dr. Paula Whatley Matabane, an Atlanta native, has been on a life-long, genealogical mission to dig up the roots of her family. Archives are her trenches. Despite the fact that I’ve been working in MARBL for awhile now as a graduate assistant and have used various African American collections in my scholarly research…

Processing Fun: Graduate Student Introduction

  “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…

Civil rights leader shares experiences registering voters in 1960s Selma

Civil rights leader Rev. Bernard LaFayette Jr. stopped by Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library on Dec. 3 to discuss his experiences and new memoir in a conversation led by Carol Anderson, associate professor of African American Studies at Emory. Lafayette, who worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. as the national program director for the…

Preserve & Protect: The Benefits of Polyester Encapsulation to preserve the John Larkin Smith (1882-1936) Scrapbook

Rare scrapbooks that document African American life in the United States from 1890-1975 are being preserved with support through a “Save America’s Treasures” (SAT) grant. The project is a collaborative effort with Emory University Preservation Office, Digital Curation Center, and the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). The SAT grant is awarded through the…

Voices from the Classroom: Artists’ Books

MARBL staff love to collaborate with instructors to incorporate manuscripts, archives, and rare books in to the classroom. Students are able to connect with history and the creative process in a deeper way as they read first-hand accounts of the Civil Rights movement, compare early drafts of literary works, or contemplate the meaning of artists…

Opening for Joe Louis exhibit drew a crowd curious to know more about the boxer

The Robert W. Woodruff Library held an opening event on Nov. 13 for the exhibit “Joe Louis Barrow: A Life and Career in Context,” presented by the Race and Sports in American Culture Series (RASACS). The panel consisted of three people: Pellom McDaniels III, faculty curator of African American Collections at the Manuscript, Archives, and…

Mildred Thompson: African American Artist in Exile

“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…

Bombingham

In the draft he filed with the Nation desk back in New York, veteran reporter Joe Cumming began plainly enough: “The Birmingham police have had plenty of experience investigating bombings.” According to a departmental tally, no fewer than 31 blasts had shaken the city in just the past twelve years. And as one local put…

The Perfect Job: Introduction of a Very Excited Project Archivist

“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…

The Extraordinary World of MARBL: Lyndon B. Johnson Items in the Hurst Papers

The Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library is a place of discovery. All are welcome to visit and explore our unique holdings, whether as a researcher or an observer. The breadth and depth of our collections are vast, and it is nearly impossible to investigate every nook and cranny. We invite you this year, through our blog, to…