Spotlight Exhibit — Centering African American Writing in American Literature

- (part of a series)

Location: 102 Hesburgh Library, Rare Books and Special Collections

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Decades before Alex Haley’s Roots swept to number one on the New York Times Best Seller List in 1976, writing and editing produced by African Americans was central to twentieth-century American publishing. Literary production was interracial. View examples of mid-century books by African Americans whose designs–from dust jackets to illustrations to bindings and paper quality–conveyed their centrality in publishing and American literature.

This exhibit is curated by Korey Garibaldi, Associate Professor of American Studies, and Rachel Bohlmann, Curator of North Americana at Hesburgh Libraries. This and other exhibits within the Hesburgh Libraries are generously supported by the McBrien Special Collections Endowment.

All exhibits are free and open to the public during business hours.

Open to Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Public, Alumni, & Friends.