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Oxford College Library Exhibits - Past and Present

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

In 2014, the Oxford College Library and Academic Commons exhibited selections from “A Keeping of Records: The Life and Art of Alice Walker,” a popular exhibition that ran at the Schatten Gallery in Emory's Robert W. Woodruff Library  in 2009.  

The exhibit featured photographs, drafts of her poetry and novels, correspondence and other materials from Walker’s papers, which were acquired by Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library in 2007. Selections focused on Walker’s college years and her life as a novelist, poet and activist.

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 included a tribute panel to Byrd, as well as his original curator’s statement and a photo of the two friends, seen below.

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