Digital Polaroid with "Our Archives Could Be Your Life" exhibit title

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Our Archives Could Be Your Life: the photographs of Jon Arge & Alli Royce Soble

One way to understand a city is through the lives of its residents, the lives of locals like Jon Arge and Alli Royce Soble. These Atlanta artists and photographers carried their cameras everywhere they went. Day after day, week after week, month after month, they photographed their friends, family, places, events, and happenings. Over time these photos took on additional significance and weight; they became documentation of communities in Queer Atlanta.

These collections illustrate how the Rose Library’s holdings can reflect your life, your friends, your family, and your community.

Curated by Randy Gue


In this interview clip, curator Randy Gue discusses the inspiration behind his “Our Archives Could Be Your Life” exhibit at Emory’s Woodruff Library.

Full view of "Our Archives Could Be Your Life" exhibit located on the Woodruff Library's third floor.
"Our Archives Could Be Your Life," Level 3 of the Woodruff Library.

The Move to Online

Increasing Accessibility 

“Our Archives Could Be Your Life” is an adaptation of the original exhibit of the same title, which was installed in Robert W. Woodruff Library from February of 2020 until May of 2022. This exhibit is now on view at the Emory Center for Ethics.

EXPLORE The Exhibit

Ways to Give

The Emory Libraries welcome gifts of all kinds from Emory students, faculty, and staff and from the community. Gifts of all sizes provide Emory the ongoing resources that are crucial to its growth and success as a world-class institution. Every gift to Emory makes a difference, no matter what it supports.

Rose Library

The Rose Library has been shaped and strengthened through the generosity of thousands of individuals who, through the decades, have generously supported the library. We cannot realize our potential without the support of individuals, corporations, and foundations willing to invest in the Library’s future.

Funds donated to the collection endowments will create a lasting legacy for generations of future researchers and visitors.

Click here to give today:

  • LGBTQ+ Program Fund
  • University Libraries Fund for Excellence
  • MARBL Fund for Excellence /
    Linda Matthews Fund for Special Collections
  • Woodruff Library Exhibits
    and Public Programming
Photograph of exhibit space with glass display cases featuring books, images, and descriptive text
Rose Library's exhibit space on the 10th floor of the Woodruff Library.
Brightly lit meeting room with two windows overlooking green foliage and a blue sky
Rose Library's balcony and meeting space on level 10 of the Woodruff Library.


The Rose Library accepts new archival materials regularly, however there are many factors to take into consideration before making a contribution. To learn more about what it means to donate, please visit the Society of American Archivists guides for donating personal and family collections or organizational records. We are happy to help find a home for your materials either at Emory or at another institution.

Who to Contact

For more information about financial contributions or if you are considering making a donation of manuscript or book materials, please contact Erin Horeni-Ogle, Director of Advancement, Emory Libraries at or 404.727.5386.

Questions can be addressed as well to Chris Palazzolo, Head of Collection Management, at Woodruff Library at

The acceptance of a gift does not constitute adding an item to the collection; Emory reserves the right to make all collection decisions, in accordance with IRS regulations. Emory also reserves the right to dispose of materials not added to the collection as it sees fit (e.g., other vendors, booksellers, nonprofit groups).

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