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 Emory Libraries and Rose Library 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, and the Oxford College Library also maintain special 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 and are our digital front door to unique cultural heritage and scholarship collections from Emory University. The Emory Digital Collections site contains tens of thousands of objects with new content loaded on an ongoing basis. Materials from Emory's archives and special collections are also available on the platforms Readux and HathiTrust.

Who to Contact for More Information

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

The Rose Library continues to offer remote services and is happy to connect with you and work together to find ways to use the collections despite COVID-19 constraints.

Kerry Bowden, Coordinator
Oxford College Library, Archives and Special Collections

A.D. Stevens, Archivist
Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library Historical Collections 

Erin Grimes, Law Librarian for Archives and Research Services
Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library Archives and Rare Books

Debra Madera, Special Collections Reference Assistant
Pitts Theology Library Special Collections