Online Collections

When possible, MARBL works to make available digitally materials from its manuscript and rare book collections. Some of these are directly accessible through various types of portals, while others can be found through searching in our online catalog, DiscoverE, or by accessing Readux, our large-scale digitization repository. The following are collections or collecting areas which feature digital options. If you are interested in seeing the originals for any of these collections, all are available to view in our reading room.


MARBL boasts one of the world’s largest collections of Victorian popular literature, known as yellowbacks. Yellowbacks were cheap, 19th century British literature sold at railway book stalls, with colorful, sensational covers to attract buyers.

How to access the yellowbacks:

You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Through Readux.

Through discoverE:

1. Type "yellowbacks" into the discoverE search bar to bring up a variety of titles, or search for a specific yellowback title or author of your choice.

2. Under the selection you wish to read, click on "online resource", then click "open in new window."

3. The yellowback will load. You can then save the novel to your laptop or a flash drive and read it at your leisure.

Digitized Rare Books

MARBL has also digitized a number of its collections of rare books. These include:

  • Regimental histories
  • Southern Imprints
  • Three deckers
  • African Americana
  • Travel Guides by Karl Baedeker
  • Books on Ancient Rome
  • Emblem books

These items are available through our catalog, DiscoverE. You can either search the term used above or use the search term "Emory Digital Library" to find all of the items available online in Full Text. Choosing "Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library" from the left column will limit your search to those items which are part of MARBL.

You can also find all of the above subjects in Readux.

MARBL Historic Map Collection

MARBL holds a unique collection of printed maps and atlases, especially maps related to Atlanta, Georgia and the South. These maps can be accessed online through Emory's Digital Gallery.

  • From the list on the left, under Emory University Collections, choose MARBL Historic Map Collection.
  • You can browse the maps or enter key terms in the search box.
  • The high-resolution allows the user to zoom in clearly.