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Alice Walker

The papers of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker are accessible to scholars at Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.

Alice Walker has written more than two dozen books that span the genres of the novel, the essay and poetry. In 1983 she became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, "The Color Purple," which has been adapted for film and stage.

Comprising more than 120 boxes, the collection of papers is more than just a snapshot of a prolific career. In addition to drafts of writings such as "The Color Purple," the collection includes a quilt she made while writing the novel, extensive correspondence, an early treatment of the film script for "The Color Purple," and fan mail.

Walker's archives are complemented by Emory's extensive holdings in modern literature and African American literature and history. Emory's Rose Library has collections available for research use devoted to African American history and culture, ranging from the modern civil rights movement, to Harlem Renaissance writers to Black print culture.