The Emory University Photograph Collection is Reopened with Greater Access

Aerial View of Emory Campus, 1960

Aerial View of Emory University Campus, circa 1965

Emory University Archives is pleased to announce the reopening of the Emory University photograph collection (Series 111). The collection recently underwent reprocessing, during which the collection’s organizational structure was streamlined and simplified and descriptive resources, such as the online finding aid, were produced. The aim of the reprocessing project was to increase the accessibility and usability of the collection, making the collection itself more visible and its contents easier to discover, identify, and locate.

DVS Senior Honor Society Composite

DVS Senior Honor Society composite, circa 1920

The Emory University photograph collection, which spans two centuries and contains approximately 22,000 items, provides researchers with the opportunity to explore Emory’s history visually. It contains photographs in multiple formats and sizes, from cabinet cards to composites and panoramas. The subjects of the photographs vary broadly but are united by their connection to Emory University and its predecessor Emory College. Photographs depicting campuses, buildings, and construction, document Emory’s growth and change while photographs and candid snapshots of students and events add dimension to our understanding of student life and the Emory experience.

Sock Hop at Dooley's Den, circa 1950s

Sock Hop at Dooley’s Den, circa 1950s


Some highlights of the collection include pushball games, Dooley‘s week dances, student protest movements, early Emory College portraits, athletics, student societies, and musical and military groups.

Emory College junior class baseball team, 1906

Emory College Junior Class Baseball Team, 1906


To view the Emory University photograph collection and other primary sources documenting Emory’s history, please visit the Emory University Archives in the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.

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