Archives: Sites of Memory, History, and Reflection

Marriott Conference Center C

Sunday, 2:30-3:15

For writers, researchers, and students of history and culture, archives provide access to materials related to past narratives of being, becoming, and belonging. Reflecting on times in which we live, the importance of collecting, preserving and supporting open access to historical records and documents is invaluable, especially for communities whose stories are frequently marginalized and/or made invisible to the larger public. Special collections like the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library serve as a resource for filling in the gaps in American historical narratives related to African American history and memory, the Atlanta LGBT community, and organizations like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), among others.

Moderated by Pellom McDaniels III, curator of African American collections in the Stuart A. Rose Library, this panel will address questions such as: Why do archives matter? What can we learn from the materials found in special collections? And, why people should care?

Presenters

Valerie Boyd

Valerie Boyd is author of the award-winning Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. She is currently curating and editing a collection of Alice Walker’s personal journals, which span more than 50 years. Simon & Schuster/37 Ink will publish Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker in 2017. A former arts editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boyd has written about the intersection of race, arts and culture for such publications as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Oxford American, Paste, Ms., Essence and Atlanta Magazine. Boyd is also a journalism professor and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Georgia, where she directs the new low-residency MFA Program in Narrative Nonfiction.

Randy Gue

Randy Gue is the Curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library. He arrived at Emory in 1990 as an undergraduate and he stuck around long enough to collect three degrees from the venerable Decatur institution. Randy is responsible for the Rose Library’s collections about the history, culture, and politics of Atlanta, Georgia, and the South. He was awarded the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries Women and Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement in Women’s and Gender Studies Librarianship. Randy lives in Tucker with his wife, Susan, and their two rambunctious Border Collies.

Lawrence P. Jackson

Lawrence P. Jackson is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius , The Indignant Generation and My Father's Name . His work has been published in n+1 and Harper's. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pellom McDaniels, III

Pellom McDaniels III is the curator of African American collections in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library at Emory University. He is the author of The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy (2013) and has contributed essays to anthologies such as Before Jackie Robinson: The Transcendent Role of Black Sports Pioneers (2017), The Olympics and Philosophy (2012), and The Transcendent Role of Black Sporting Pioneers (2017), The Olympics and Philosophy (2012), and All Stars and Movie Stars: Sports in Film History (2010). His first screenplay titled The Prince of Jockeys has been optioned and is in pre-production.

Moderator

Pellom McDaniels, III

Pellom McDaniels III is the curator of African American collections in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library at Emory University. He is the author of The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy (2013) and has contributed essays to anthologies such as Before Jackie Robinson: The Transcendent Role of Black Sports Pioneers (2017), The Olympics and Philosophy (2012), and The Transcendent Role of Black Sporting Pioneers (2017), The Olympics and Philosophy (2012), and All Stars and Movie Stars: Sports in Film History (2010). His first screenplay titled The Prince of Jockeys has been optioned and is in pre-production.