Building a Movement in the Southeast: LGBT Collections in MARBL
When: Aug. 19, 2013 - May 16, 2014
Where: MARBL Gallery, Woodruff Library Level 10
The Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University debuts its first exhibit of materials from its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) collections.
"Building a Movement in the Southeast: LGBT Collections in MARBL” opens August 19 in the MARBL gallery on level 10 of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. Visitors are welcome to view this small exhibit at any time when MARBL is open, and celebratory events will include a campus and community open house on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5-7 p.m.
The exhibit explores the history, culture, politics, and public health initiatives of LGBT communities in Atlanta and the American South. It features letters, journals, photographs, and concert and theater programs from the personal papers of activists and artists, the records and publications of cultural and community organizations, and rare books and periodicals published by and for the LGBT community.
The exhibit is co-curated by Kelly H. Ball, a doctoral candidate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and Randy Gue, MARBL’s curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections.
“We are excited that MARBL’s LGBT collections continue to grow,” Gue says. “This exhibit is a great way to highlight the depth and breadth of these materials. MARBL has held some of these collections for years and some of them are new. ‘Building a Movement in the Southeast’ gives these materials the attention they deserve, and it highlights the close relationship between our LGBT collections and our collections that document the history of Atlanta and social justice movements.”
The exhibit spotlights materials from the MARBL collections of activist Jesse Peel, playwright and activist Rebecca Ranson, the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, the National Association of Black and White Men Together, The American Music Show, and AID Atlanta, in addition to items from the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) and the Emory University Archives.
A selection of books from MARBL’s extensive collection of gay paperback books from the 1960s and 1970s will be on display, and visitors can use a stationary iPad to browse through some of the other colorful and sometimes outrageous covers from the collection. There are more than 900 titles in the collection, so only a small portion of the titles will be loaded to the iPad.
For more information, contact Kathy Dixson at firstname.lastname@example.org