Robert W. Woodruff Exhibit: The Future Belongs to the Discontented

Submitted by Chris Pollette

When you visit the main library at Emory University, chances are you’ll see a statue of a man near the entrance. It’s Robert W. Woodruff, the longtime head of The Coca-Cola Company, former Emory student, and the person for whom the library is named. If you’ve spent any time in Atlanta, you know there are other buildings named for him.

But who was he, really? You might think that a businessman of his caliber would spend a lot of time in the spotlight, but Mr. Woodruff was quick to credit others for their hard work and careful to point to the product, Coca-Cola, as the reason for the company's amazing success.

From now until June 30, 2011, you can learn all about Mr. Woodruff in The Future Belongs to the Discontented: The Life & Legacy of Robert W. Woodruff, at the Schatten Gallery in the Robert W. Woodruff Library on the campus of Emory University. Curated by Randy Gue, the exhibit features a fraction of the items in the Robert W. Woodruff papers, which are housed in Emory's Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library (MARBL).

You’ll find the exhibit in the Schatten Gallery on the third floor of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. It’s free and open to the public, and runs through June 30.