Emory University Archives

The Emory University Archives holds materials that document the origins, history, development, and activities, and achievements of Emory University, its predecessor schools, and related organizations. The University Archives collects, preserves, and makes available materials related to Emory’s founders, students, faculty, alumni, benefactors, academic departments, administrative offices, and campus organizations. Materials are selected for their enduring historical, administrative, fiscal, or legal value, and include records, manuscripts, photographs, audiovisual material, publications, electronic records, web pages, and digital materials.

The following is a list of materials and subjects from which the Emory University Archives collects:

Administrative Offices and Academic Departments

Records of administrative offices and academic departments include meeting minutes, annual reports, policy documents, subject/topical/project files, committee and task force materials, handbooks, manuals, curriculum and teaching materials, and other documentation about decision-making and development of the unit itself.

Administrators and Faculty

The University Archives also collects the papers of faculty and administrators who are influential in the history of the University. Some individuals represented in the collection are James T. Laney, seventeenth president serving during the formative period from 1977 to 1993; Henry L. Bowden, Trustee and legal counsel for the University during racial desegregation at Emory; and Judson C. Ward, who held served in roles such as Dean of Faculties and Executive Vice President.

Student Life Offices and Student Organizations

Records of student organizations include meeting minutes, constitutions, by-laws, correspondence, rosters and membership documents, flyers, posters, and photographs. Other sources for documenting students and student life include yearbooks, the Wheel student newspaper, other student publications such as The Emory Phoenix, and matriculation cards of incoming students from the Office of the Registrar. Minutes books of proceedings of student societies, Few Literary Society and Phi Gamma Society, provide a glimpse into nineteenth century student life.

Publications

Publications from University sources are cataloged and searchable in DiscoverE. These include Catalogues and Bulletins from the earliest years of Emory College to the present day, The Emory Alumnus and Emory Magazine, the Campus Report and Emory Report, student handbooks, alumni directories, school and departmental publications, newsletters, and many others.

Early Emory History

Documents related to the founding of Emory College in 1836 are also part of University Archives collections. Minute books from the Board of Trustees and the faculty, matriculation books from the Registrar, ledgers the Treasurer, as well as many other foundational documents provide a thorough perspective on Emory College in the nineteenth century.

Web Archives

Beginning in February 2012, the Emory University Libraries initiated a contract with the California Digital Library’s Web Archiving Service (WAS) to document Emory University’s evolving web presence and collect, preserve, and make accessible websites that reflect Emory’s every changing academic, administrative, research, and student activities and culture. Many publications and information that had previously been printed on a regular basis now exist only in an online context. Capturing this information has become essential to the collecting mandate of the Emory University Archives.