Emory University Acquires the Papers of Barbara Chase-Riboud

riboud_secThe Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University in Atlanta has announced that it has acquired the papers of Barbara Chase-Riboud, a noted sculptor, novelist, artist, and poet.

The collection includes manuscripts, letters, documents, drawings, and photographs. The archive includes drafts of several unpublished works. The collection will be open to researchers.

Rosemary Magee, director of the MARBL, stated that “the multidimensional elements of her art – from sculpture to poetry to fiction – connect beautifully across the rich array of our collections. Ms. Chase-Riboud’s papers strengthen our expanding research and instructional materials in literature and art history.”

A native of Philadelphia, Chase-Riboud began her formal training in art at the age of seven. At the age of 15, one of her prints was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1961 she moved to Paris and has spent most of her time outside the United States. In 1979, she published first novel, Sally Hemings (Viking Press). Chase-Riboud recently published a collection of poetry, Everytime a Knot Is Undone, a God Is Released (Seven Stories Press, 2014).

Chase-Riboud is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She holds a master of fine arts degree from the Yale School of Design and Architecture.


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