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The Givens Collection of African American Literature


February 6, 2012 -- April 20, 2012
Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery
Free to the public. Open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on weekdays


The Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature is a rich collection of African American literature, biography, social science, art, notes, manuscripts, and inscriptions. Besides supporting research and teaching, items in the collection assist in the promotion of other outreach activities, such as exhibitions, public presentations, class presentations, and tours.


For more information about the exhibit, visit the University of Minnesota's Library page here. Driving and parking directions can be found here.

Seen here is the entrance to the Givens exhibit. One can read detailed descriptions of the collection, see a variety of archival material, and listen to traditional and contemporary African American music.

Publicity and production materials for the 1986 Penumbra Theatre production of Selma, by Thomas Butler. This play was staged in honor of the first observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.
The collection holds archival material ranging from novels to poetry to musical scores.
Soul Book: the Quarterly Journal of Revolutionary Afroamerica. The journal was devoted to art and literature as well as political content. Writers include prominent members of the Black Panther Party and the Black Arts Movement.
18 first edition volumes by Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first African American poet to have works included in American literature anthologies.