Pitts will be closed on Monday, January 17th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In the spirit of this holiday, check out Emory Libraries’ recently launched digital exhibit From The Archives: Black Student Activism!
This online resource exposes archival evidence of Black student activism as it exists in the University Archives at Emory University. There are pieces of evidence of student life and activism in the form of correspondence, newspaper articles, memos, and reports, though the overall priority has long been to document official records of the university. Click here to explore these important materials!
Monday, January 18 is the 35th Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrating the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Pitts Theology Library will be closed for the federal holiday and resume normal operations on Tuesday, January 19th.
In recognition of MLK Jr. Day, Pitts draws attention to some exceptional holdings in its Claude H. Thompson archival collection. Professor Thompson was a member of the faculty of the Candler School of Theology teaching Systematic Theology from 1951 to 1971, and during his career he maintained correspondence with Dr. King regarding elections, the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, and the 1960 Greyhound Lines incident in Jacksonville, Florida. We invite you to read about Prof. Thompson and these fascinating exchanges while the library is closed for the federal holiday! In addition, check out high resolution scans of the letters online!
Pitts is closed Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Did you know that Pitts has a variety of primary source holdings from Dr. King himself? In the spring of 2019, the library was delighted to discover several letters of correspondence between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Professor Claude Thompson, a faculty member of Candler School of Theology (1951–1971). Part of the Claude H. Thompson papers collection (MSS 162), these letters bear witness to Thompson’s role as a vocal proponent of the civil rights movement who articulated a foundation for relating to all people with justice, regardless of race, from a theological and biblical perspective.
These letters are just a few of the fascinating holdings in Pitts Theology Library. Check out the Special Collections Finding Aids to discover more hidden archival material!