African American Collections
MARBL's African American collections focus on six principal areas:
The Freedom Struggle's leaders and organizations
MARBL's civil rights and post–civil rights collections include the papers of:
- The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a nonsectarian, interfaith, advocacy organization committed to nonviolent action to achieve social, economic, and political justice. The SCLC collection is now open and available to researchers. You can access the finding aid online here.
- Vincent Harding, founder of the Institute of the Black World
- Doris A. Derby, one of the founders of the Free Southern Theater
- Constance W. Curry, a leader in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee
Black print culture
This area highlights the world of literature created by and for the African American community. MARBL collects books, pamphlets, broadsides, periodicals, sheet music, and print ephemera.
Major collections include
- The library of Carter G. Woodson, the most important 20th-century creator of black print culture
- Papers of Kelly Miller, the most prolific African American pamphleteer of the early 20th century
- Works of the contemporary fine printer, Amos G. Kennedy Jr.
Blacks and the left
Collections in this area include papers of:
- Niagara Movement co-founder William H. Scott
- The Universal Negro Improvement Association
- Longtime Communist Party members Louise Thompson Patterson and Matt Crawford
African American literature and the arts
Collections in the arts feature the papers of:
- Poets James Weldon Johnson and Langston Hughes
- Writers John Oliver Killens and Alice Walker
- Musicians William L. Dawson and George Walker
- Artist/scholar/collectors Camille Billops and James V. Hatch
This journal publishes only a portion of the 1,200-plus interviews that form the oral history component of the Camille Billops and James V. Hatch archives at Emory.
Expatriate literary and cultural figures
The papers of African Americans living abroad include:
- Night club owner Bricktop
- Performer, dancer, and silent film star Josephine Baker
- The papers of French scholar/collector Michel Fabre document other important expatriates, including Chester Himes and Richard Wright.
This magnificent edition of René Maran's Mbala, l'éléphant (Paris, 1943) is illustrated by André Collot and was formerly owned by Michel Fabre.