Building Emory's African American Collections: Highlights from the Curatorial Career of Randall K. Burkett

Sept. 13, 2018 - Feb. 19, 2019
Re-Opening March 1, 2019 - July 28, 2019 

Randall K. Burkett was hired in 1997 as Emory’s first curator for African American collections. Over the past 21 years, he has led the university’s effort to build collections of rare books, manuscripts, serials, photographs, and print ephemera in this field. He and his Rose Library colleagues have sought to ensure the African American voice is represented and have given priority to African American-authored and African American-published material. The exhibition highlights treasures in the collections and Burkett’s stories of their discovery and acquisition.  

Read the press release and the Randall K. Burkett shorthand story, 
A lifelong Interest Builds a Lasting Legacy, for more details.

View our new online exhibit!


Creativity Conversation: Randall Burkett

To watch former Rose Library director Rosemary Magee 82PhD (for whom the series is named) talk with Randall K. Burkett about his time as a collector and curator of African American collections and his passion for documenting the African American experience click the link below.
Creativity Conversation: Randall Burkett

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 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Visitor Information

The exhibition is located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library on level 3 in the Schatten Gallery. Parking is available in the Fishburne Parking Deck (Weekdays: free after 6 p.m., Weekends: free).  View “visitors” hours at the Robert W. Woodruff Library.