University Libraries Presents the Kinsey Collection
In September the University Libraries displayed “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey– Where Art and History Intersect,” a national touring exhibit of authentic and rare artifacts, art, books, documents, and manuscripts that tell the often untold story of African American achievement and contribution.
“Bernard and Shirley Kinsey’s passion for African American history, art, and culture has resulted in a stunning collection of African American art, documents, and artifacts spanning 400 years of history,” says dean of libraries Mark Roosa.
With education as a goal, the Kinsey Collection has been on national tour since 2007 and has been seen by over 3 million visitors. The collection has exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the California African American Museum, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and many other museums. The collection has been cited in three national awards including the President’s National Award for Museum and Library Services. The Kinsey Collection program book serves as a companion to the exhibit and has been adopted by the Florida Department of Education to teach African American history to students in grades K-12 statewide.