Note from the Director

The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library collects and connects stories of human experience. Through this commitment, we convene conversations that invite people from distant places and diverse perspectives to participate in exhibitions, programs, teaching, and research. This year we are enjoying many such conversations—including those that celebrate the life and work of William Shakespeare, the correspondence of Samuel Beckett, and the art and activism of Camille Billops and James Hatch.

What continues to impress me is how intrinsically meaningful it feels to be engaged with unique and rare materials.  Those of us in the Rose Library have the pleasure of observing every day the unexpected discovery a scholar may make in reading a letter for the first time; of guiding a student’s initial encounter with the draft of a poem; of responding to questions that arise when viewing a work of art; of offering unbounded digital access to our distinctive materials and exhibitions; and of participating in an examination of a Shakespearean drama. 

These experiences for us and our patrons provide the context for the dramas that unfold in everyday life, in spheres both personal and political. Our materials open up such encounters and lead to an evolving sense of renewal, recognizing that what happened in 1616 is as significant as what happened in 1916 and also very relevant to what is happening today.  The stories of all of these moments and eras connect in this place.

Our collections continue to grow and thrive with our outstanding staff deepening the work we do here.  We are proud to be such an important part of the intellectual vibrancy of Emory University, here at the historical center of the campus in the midst of a city brimming with art, history, and culture.  Please continue to support us by your engagement in all that we do.  Your story, thereby, becomes a part of our story.

Rosemary M. Magee, Director of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library