by Amber Moore, Safire Project Archivist
“Wow, I can’t believe that I am actually holding a signed copy of Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery; he actually held this book in his hand!”
I remember thinking this as I examined the black signature on the third page of Washington’s 1901 book. I looked around for someone to share my excitement but no other students were sitting in the Special Collections at Emory University. It was at this point that I realized I wanted to become an archivist.
Archivists hold history in our hands. We are primarily responsible for maintaining and preserving records of individuals, groups and institutions. I think the most appealing aspect of the profession is the ability to safeguard that which has survived throughout the generations. As an archivist, I help ensure that history lives and thrives!
Here at the Special Collections Research Center, I am the William Safire Project Archivist where I am responsible for arranging and describing the papers of author, columnist, journalist, and speechwriter William Safire. I am having a wonderful time exploring Safire’s remarkable literary and political contributions.
Check back for updates about the processing of the papers as well as interesting finds from the collection!