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Archives and Special Collections

Emory University's archives and special collections hold primary source collections on various topics. These include letters, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, audio-visual materials, born digital materials, and artifacts. Our collections include personal papers of individuals, records of organizations and businesses, and the Emory University Archives. Materials found in archives and special collection are often one-of-a-kind and so do not circulate.

Archives and Manuscripts

The Emory Libraries place an emphasis on the following areas of study:

  • African American history and culture
  • Modern political and southern historical collections
  • Literature and poetry
  • Rare books
  • Emory University archives
The Pitts Theology Library, the Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, and the Oxford College Library also maintain special collections that cover additional subjects.

The Emory Libraries have the complete rare book collections of key literary and historical figures. Of particular research and teaching interest are artists' books, Yellowbacks, and the history of the book. For more information see the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library's rare books page.

The Pitts Theology Library, the Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library also maintain important rare book collections related to religious history, legal history, and the history of medicine.

Digital Collections

Emory's digital collections support the University's research and teaching needs. Materials from Emory's archives and special collections are available on the following platforms: Readux, HathiTrust, and LUNA.

Who to Contact for More Information

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, (rose.library.emory.edu; 404-727-6887)

Kerry Bowden, Coordinator, Oxford College Library, Archives and Special Collections (kerry.bowden@emory.edu; 770-784-8381)

Emily Corbin, Archives Specialist, Sr. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library Historical Collections (emily.corbin@emory.edu; 404-727-5819)

Vanessa King, Assistant Law Librarian for Special Collections, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library Archives and Rare Books (vanessa.king@emory.edu; 404-712-7093)

Debra Madera, Special Collections Reference Assistant, Pitts Theology Library Special Collections (dmadera@emory.edu; 404-727-1223).