MARBL welcomes Atlanta-area students to Research Round-Up for National History Day

Published 09-25-2014

The Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University is taking part in National History Day (NHD) 2015 by hosting a Research Round-up for Atlanta-area students in grades 6-12 on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jones Room at the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Matt Strandmark, MARBL outreach archivist and a research library fellow who is organizing this year’s event with MARBL and the National History Day Foundation, says the students will take away so much from working in the archives with original materials.

“They get to see and use rare materials, and they get firsthand experience conducting primary research,” Strandmark says. “And it’s good for MARBL also – part of our mission it to increase the impact on the local community and share our collections with off-campus audiences.”

This year’s NHD contest theme is “Leadership and Legacy,” which asks students to explore the impact and influence of leaders throughout history. The Research Round-Up at MARBL will feature materials from collections including:

Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Georgia politician and vice-president of the Confederate State of America during the Civil War

Bobby Jones, considered one of the greatest amateur golfers of all time

Robert W. Woodruff, president of the Coca-Cola Company, business leader, and philanthropist

Joan Browning, an activist who worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was imprisoned in Albany, Georgia, during the Freedom Rides

Ralph McGill, editor of the Atlanta Constitution, who was known as the “Conscience of the South”

Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by Martin Luther King Jr., a coalition instrumental in leading the civil rights movement of the 1960s and many human rights movements into the 21st century

MARBL staff will be on hand to assist the student researchers with materials, help them use online MARBL resources, and set up appointments for future visits.

For more information, contact Matt Strandmark at 404-727-3668 or

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