Collections of personal papers documenting African American women writers, musicians and artists held by Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) will be processed and available for researchers, thanks to a $126,976 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
The grant will allow MARBL to hire a professional archivist who will work for two years to arrange and describe nine different collections, which will then be available for research. The collections include correspondence, writings and compositions, photographs, audiovisual and printed material, and other papers chronicling the lives and creative endeavors of African American women intellectuals in the 20th century.
The project, entitled “Revealing Her Story: Documenting African American Women Intellectuals,” will help make available material that has been largely inaccessible to scholars and the public. Once fully processed, the papers will reveal not only the creative processes employed by each woman, but also the extensive personal relationships and professional networks that influenced and shaped her life.