A Keeping of Records: The Life and Art of Alice Walker

Alice Walker and Rudolph P. Byrd, Emory professor of African American Studies.

Emory University’s Oxford College Library and Academic Commons will exhibit selections from “A Keeping of Records: The Life and Art of Alice Walker,” the popular exhibition that ran at the Schatten Gallery in the Robert W. Woodruff Library on the main Emory campus in 2009.  

The Oxford exhibit, which will keep the same name as the 2009 exhibition, will feature photographs, drafts of her poetry and novels, correspondence and other materials from Walker’s papers, which were acquired by Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) in 2007. Selections will focus on Walker’s college years and her life as a novelist, poet and activist

“This is a wonderful way to extend the life of our exhibits and to share MARBL materials with a broader audience,” Dixson says. “That’s part of the mission of MARBL staff curators, and we’re pleased to be able to present these remarkable materials to the Oxford community.”

The main exhibition in 2009 was curated by the late Rudolph P. Byrd, Emory professor of African American Studies, who died in 2011. The Oxford exhibit will include a tribute panel to Byrd, as well as his original curator’s statement and a photo of Walker and Byrd; the two were friends.

Exhibit Opening August 22, 2014

Please join us on Friday, August 22 for the opening reception for the exhibit.  Light refreshments will be served.

Learn More

MARBL finding aid: Alice Walker papers

Oxford College Library: The New Edition inaugural exhibit

Oxford College Library exhibitions page

Alice Walker archive opens at Emory (2009)

Visitor Information

Oxford College Library is located at 134 Few Circle, Oxford, GA 30054. For hours, parking and more information, visit the library’s website.

For more information, email Kitty McNeill: kitty.mcneill@emory.edu or Phone: (770) 784-8380