Posts Tagged: African American

Celebrate Black History Month 2021 by Exploring Black Newspapers

This is the third in a series of posts highlighting digital collections that celebrate Black history. As filmmaker Stanley Nelson noted, “from the publication of the first African-American newspaper in 1827, the pioneering men and women of the black press have given voice to stories and events that otherwise would have gone undocumented” (The Black…

Celebrating National First-Generation College Students

The Emory Oral History Program (EOHP) joins in celebrating the National First-Generation College Day! First-generation college students, staff, and faculty have participated in oral history interviews with us since 2017. In fact, the Emory Oral History Program has grown from an initial project to interview first-generation students, and we want to share some insights from…

Statement on Systemic Racism and the Emory Libraries’ Commitment

To the Emory Community and our Friends, Supporters, and Patrons, The Emory Libraries staff shares in the pain and frustration felt by communities across the country from the ongoing racial injustice. We are angry, frustrated, and disheartened by the violent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks (Georgia), Breonna Taylor (Kentucky), George Floyd (Minnesota), Tony…

Intertwining paths: The papers of Tracy K. Smith and Kevin Young

By Maureen McGavin Poets and friends Tracy K. Smith and Kevin Young met as Harvard undergraduates, became part of the Dark Room Collective, and journeyed from rising talents to established poets. Now their papers cross paths at the Rose Library. Tracy K. Smith and Kevin Young were budding poets and Harvard undergraduates in the early…

Emory Libraries debuts Framing Shadows online exhibit

Emory Libraries debuted the online exhibit site on April 29 for “Framing Shadows: Portraits of Nannies from the Robert Langmuir African American Photograph Collection.”     The online exhibit is based on the physical exhibit of the same name, which was on display in Emory University Woodruff Library throughout most of 2019. “Framing Shadows” was…

Emory mourns sudden passing of Rose Library curator Pellom McDaniels

We are mourning the loss of Pellom McDaniels III, curator of African American collections at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, who passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, April 19, 2020. McDaniels earned both his master of arts and PhD in American Studies from Emory University’s Institute of…

Rescuing Moldy Photographs

  In April, the Preservation Office of Emory Libraries received photographic items to be treated for mold from the African American Collection of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. These photographs included sixteen studio prints, four tintypes, three ambrotypes, and two larger convex photographs. Mold covered the images due to moisture…

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Woodruff Library on Emory’s Commencement Weekend 2019

Commencement Weekend at Emory University is such a busy time, with so many events going on, that it can get overwhelming for graduates and visitors alike. At the Emory Libraries, we recommend escaping to the Woodruff Library to refresh, regroup, and relax a bit before rejoining the crowds and the festivities. Here are the top…

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…

The Art of Work in A Work of Art: The John Biggers Papers, 1950-2001

by Mashadi Matabane, Graduate Student in the Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University, and Graduate Assistant to Randall Burkett, Curator of African American Collections in MARBL Sketch of Man Bent Over Picking Cotton,John Biggers Papers Dr. John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) was a versatile American artist and art educator whose particular mix of murals and…

“The Garies and Their Friends,” from the Library of Cedric Dover

by Kelly Erby, Assistant Professor of History, Washburn University; PhD, Emory University Title Page, The Garies and Their Friends,Frank J. Webb, 1857 Cedric Dover's copy of a rare first edition of Frank J. Webb's novel The Garies and their Friends is a prized volume in MARBL's collections. Dover, a self-identified “coloured Eurasian,” leftist, scholar, and…