The Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University has recently posted “The Highlander Folk School: A Photographic History” on its website at–Home.php.

Septima Clark conferring with Cecil Branstetter, George Barrett, Perry MacKay Sturges, and Guy Carawan after the 1959 raid on the Highlander Folk School

The collection contains several hundred photographs from Highlander’s archives, which were scanned at Highlander by a student from Emory as part of the Woodruff Library’s MetaScholar program.

The photographs can be accessed through the “Browse Resources” page on the site. They are organized in categories, including “Communications,” “Dance,” “Meetings,” and “Workshops (Adult Education).”

In addition to posting the collection online, the Woodruff Library has provided Highlander with high-quality digital versions of all of the images, which we are using to fill the many requests we receive for photographs from our history. We appreciate the Library’s help in this regard.

For permission to use any of the pictures in the collection, contact Highlander at hrec (at) or (865) 933-3443.