Collections

Our key collections are African American history and culture, poetry and literature, Southern political, cultural, and social movements, Emory University history, and rare books. Every item we collect and preserve bears witness to a historical moment and allows today’s and tomorrow’s citizens to engage directly with evidence of the past. Our collections tell the stories of individuals and organizations that have contributed
to the world in which we live and reveal the networks and relationships that comprise modern society. From Irish poets awarded Nobel prizes for poetry written in the language of their English oppressors, to African American women writers who advocated for change and reckoning by reading and writing when it was illegal to do so, our collections reflect generations of change wrought by those whose papers we have the honor of caring for.