Lecture on African-American Research Collections Opens Exhibition at Bryn Mawr

Posted February 3rd, 2011 at 4:32 pm.


Frontispiece to Poems on various subjects religious and moral, by Phyllis Wheatley. Courtesy of the Archie Givens, Sr., Collections of African American Literature.

A new exhibition sponsored by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library and the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research focuses on African-American research collections. On Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Carpenter Library 21, a special lecture will mark the opening of the exhibition.

“The Arts of Social Justice: The Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature,” is a traveling exhibition that will be on display in the Coombe Suite Gallery on the second Floor of Canaday Library until March 5. It features reproductions of posters, book jackets, and historical photographs and documents from the Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota, one of the preeminent African-American collections in the country.

The exhibition was especially created for display at Bryn Mawr, says GSSWSR Dean Darlyne Bailey, “and pays homage to the literary ‘roots’ of the African -American experience in our country.”

The program to mark the opening of the exhibition will focus on the continuing importance of specialized African-American research collections. Featured speakers will be two people from the Givens Collection: Archie Givens, Jr., the son of the collection’s creator, and Cecily Marcus, Curator of the Givens Collection. For a Philadelphia perspective, Diane D. Turner, Curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at the Temple University Libraries, will speak about the collections at Temple.

“It is most perfect that the program that opens the exhibit represents a partnership among three institutions — the University of Minnesota that houses the Givens Collection, Temple University that houses the Blockson Collection, and Bryn Mawr College — as we celebrate Black History Month during our 125th year of dedication to social justice for all,” Bailey notes.

Following the program, there will be a reception and exhibition opening in the Coombe Suite on the second floor of Canaday Library.

For additional information, call 610-526-6576, or e-mail SpecColl@brynmawr.edu. The program and exhibition are free and open to the public. The exhibition will run through March 5th.

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