‘Bibliophilia: Collecting Black Books’ exhibit on display in Hennepin Gallery

In the digital age, books as objects take on new meaning, often carrying new stories told by the wear and tear from a journey across time and through many hands. The Archie Givens Sr. Collection of African American Literature of the University of Minnesota Libraries will honor Black History Month with an exhibit through Tuesday Feb. 26, in the Hennepin Gallery on the A level of the Government Center, 300 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis.
Many of the books on exhibit are rare first editions, some of which have been out of print for many years, and some have also been signed, inscribed, or illustrated by the authors. Others include striking covers designed by iconic artists.
The Givens Collection also contains epistolary exchanges, manuscripts, ephemera, music and artworks that represent the heroic accomplishments of lay preservationists who have collected and cared for works as readers and bibliophiles, as well as an interest in documenting African American cultural life as a matter of public good.
The collection of more than 8,000 books includes some of the most important literary achievements by African American dating back to 1773.
The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.