Emily Robinson

I joined the Birthplace of Country Music staff in 2016. As the Collections Manager, I am like a “librarian for objects,” ensuring that the museum’s wonderful collection of recordings, instruments, radio equipment, photographs, and other material culture is safe and accessible. It is my privilege to play a part in the preservation of our region’s musical heritage.

In addition to making sure our collections are stored properly and maintaining collections records and policies, I also help choose objects for exhibits, manage loans of objects to and from other institutions, and process all incoming object donations. If you have something you might like to donate to the museum, you can find my contact information and read more about what we collect here!

I grew up in Hampton, Virginia, and worked in museums in Washington, DC for a decade before moving to Southwest Virginia. The music of this region is part of what drew my family here – I play clawhammer banjo, my husband plays guitar, and we love going to as many fiddlers’ conventions and festivals as we can. I feel so fortunate to work for an organization that preserves the stories and material culture of the people who make the music I love.

When I’m not enjoying music at work or at home, you might find me in a canoe, on a hiking trail, or in the garden with my husband and young son.

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