Collecting Stories

Best-selling books, rare foreign editions, typewritten manuscripts, scholarly articles, modern documentaries. They arrive at the Emory Libraries in FedEx envelopes, cardboard boxes, and wooden crates; as bits and bytes on hard drives, or along brightly colored ethernet cables. But no matter how they come to be in rows of other books, alone in archival boxes, or somewhere in the cloud, these acquisitions become available resources for all those who pursue knowledge.

Behind these acquisitions is the work of librarians, curators, faculty, students, and friends of the libraries to support research and teaching in more than 30 academic programs at Emory University. This exhibit highlights the stories of and selections from a few recent acquisitions including:  correspondence and memorabilia of renowned American author Harper Lee; artists’ books focused on nature and the complex interactions between humans and the environment; and Le Antichitá Romane, a four-volume set of detailed etchings of Rome created by artist, architect, and printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778).


Creativity Conversation: Joe Crespino

Watch Joseph Crespino, author and Jimmy Carter Professor of History at Emory University, discusses his book, “Atticus Finch: The Biography,” and the Harper Lee letters at a Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversation in Emory’s Woodruff Library by clicking on the link below. 
"Atticus Finch: The Biography"

Visit Special Collections

If you are interested in seeing more of the collections, visit the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library on level 10 of the Woodruff Library. Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Visitor Information

The exhibition is located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library on level 2. Parking is available in the Fishburne Parking Deck (Weekdays: free after 6 pm, Weekends: free). “Visitors” hours at the Robert W. Woodruff Library are posted here.