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 and the Laney Graduate School. The program is for graduate students interested in strengthening their skills in using and understanding archives and special collections.

“Using the Unique: Graduate Research Training in Archives & Special Collections” is a workshop series offered to departments within the Laney Graduate School throughout the academic year. We also offer an intensive workshop each May that is open to any graduate student preparing for summer archival research. Sessions are taught by Rose Library archivists and Woodruff librarians on topics such as finding archives, understanding finding aids, creating research plans, using productivity tools, and care and handling of rare materials.

To request a workshop for your department please contact your subject liaison or the ARP team at For more information on session topics, please see our online menu.

“Understanding Archives” is a speaker series on topics relevant to research in archives and special collections. Past examples include: "Conducting Research in International Archives" (April 2015); "Teaching with Archives" (February 2015); "Practical Archives Research Tips" (March 2015); "Reading the Silences:  Finding African Americans in the Archives" (February 2016); "Documenting the Movies" (March 2016); "Women's Studies and Archives Panel" (March 2017).

If you are interested in proposing a speaker or panel topic, please contact us at

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

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