Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Exhibit Celebration | ‘Digging up the Past’

March 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Hidden African American Histories Across Collections

Join us March 19 for a free event to celebrate an important exhibition of materials documenting African American history across University of Minnesota Libraries collections.Reservations requested by March 12.

Make your reservation

Event Details

What: Exhibit Celebration | Digging up the Past
Hidden African American Histories Across Collections

When: Monday, March 19, 5:00 p.m.
Brief program begins at 5:30 p.m. with exhibit tours to follow.

Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Givens Conference Suite, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

Parking & directions

About the Exhibit

Digging Up the Past uncovers the diverse, delightful, difficult, provocative, and unexpected stories from University of Minnesota’s Archives and Special Collections that have been unearthed as part of Umbra Search African American History’s effort to digitize nearly 500,000 African American history materials from across our collections.

You’ll see photographs, manuscripts, slave manifests, letters, works of art from over 160 collections and 18 collecting areas that dramatize the ways that African American history is found in our archives.  Representation of the lives and culture of African Americans comes from multiple perspectives–from the Givens Collection of African American Literature to the Andersen Horticultural Library, from the Tretter Collection of GLBT Studies to the Children’s Literature Research Collections. Some profoundly racist and others liberatory, the materials in Digging Up the Past demonstrate how African American history shapes not only our archives of the past but also an understanding of our present.

Exhibit location and hours

The exhibit is open February 12 through May 18, 2018.
Hours: M, T, F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. W, Th 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery

Exhibit Curator: Mary Lodu
Curator, Givens Collection of African American Literature: Cecily Marcus
Exhibit Designer: Darren Terpstra
With the University of Minnesota Libraries archivists and curators


March 19
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
+ Google Map