Library Exhibition of Givens Collection Treasures Focuses on African-American Research Collections

Posted February 16th, 2011 at 9:01 am.


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.

“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 as we celebrate Black History Month during our 125th year of dedication to social justice for all,” Bailey notes.

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

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