In recognition of Black History Month, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections’ next “Afternoon in the Archives” will feature a sampling of publications, documents and photographs that span more than 200 years of African-American history.

The event, which will be from 3:30 p.m to 5 p.m. Tuesday in Hill Memorial Library, is free.

On display will be documents representing enslaved and free people of color of the colonial and antebellum periods in Louisiana, African-Americans who served during the Civil War, Reconstruction-era laborers and political leaders, black business owners of the late 19th-century and civil rights activists.

Antislavery writings, African-American literature, sheet music, and early black education periodicals will round out the items for viewing.

“Afternoon in the Archives” is an informal series of showcases designed to offer the opportunity to explore various facets of history and culture and to help the campus community and general public learn more about Special Collections’ historical resources. Library staff will be on hand to talk about the collections and how they can be part of teaching, learning, and research activities. Or, visitors can just come by for a chance to enjoy some hands-on history.

For more information, contact Curator of Manuscripts Tara Laver at or (225) 578-6546.