Archives Research Program

The Archives Research Program is a collaborative program of the Robert W. Woodruff Library, the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library (MARBL) and the Laney Graduate School. The program is for graduate students interested in strengthening their skills in using and understanding archives and special collections.

The program consists of two elements. “Using the Unique: Graduate Research Training in Archives & Special Collections” is a two-day intensive workshop offered in the Fall and Summer semesters. Sessions are taught by MARBL archivists and Woodruff librarians on topics such finding archives, understanding finding aids, creating research plans, using productivity tools, and care and handling of rare materials. “Understanding Archives” is a speaker series on topics relevant to research in archives and special collections.

Using the Unique: Graduate Research Training in Archives & Special Collections

This two-day intensive workshop is taught in the Spring semester. The Spring 2017 workshop will be held in May; stay tuned for announcements!

Understanding Archives

While targeted at graduate students, all “Understanding Archives” events are free and open to the public.

On Monday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m., please join us for a panel discussion entitled “Reading the Silences: Finding African Americans in the Archives.” This discussion will include speakers from the Atlanta University Center, the Auburn Avenue Research Library, Georgia State University, the Georgia Archives, and the National Archives at Atlanta. The panel will be held in the Rose Library Teaching & Learning Studio (L10 of Woodruff Library).

Tuesday, March 29, at 1 p.m., we welcome speakers Jennifer Romero, Genevieve Maxwell and Cassie Blake of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a moderated panel on the use and challenges of film archives. Co-sponsored by the department of Film Studies, the event will be held in the Rose Library Teaching & Learning Studio (L10 of Woodruff Library).

Mission & Goals

The purpose of this program is to contribute to the research mission of Emory University by building an interdisciplinary learning community among graduate students through intensive training related to finding archives, research planning and proper stewardship of rare materials. The goals of the program are:

  • To foster exemplary research and scholarship by graduate students through the use of original source materials
  • To establish librarians and archivists as resources for graduate students
  • To promote a greater understanding of ethical and professional archival and research standards
  • To inspire confidence in graduate student users of archives
  • To enhance research skills for the continued success of a core Emory community

For additional information please contact

Genevieve Maxwell