Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture , New York NY

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. It is located in the heart of Harlem and within the 135th branch of the New York Public Library.
The Schomburg Center first won international acclaim in 1926 when the personal collection of the distinguished black scholar and bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg was added to the Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints of the 135th Street Branch of The New York Public Library. Schomburg subsequently served as curator of the division from 1932 until his death in 1938. The division was renamed in his honor in 1940, and in 1972 it was designated as one of the Research Libraries of The New York Public Library.

Today, the Schomburg Center contains over 10,000,000 items and provides services and programs for constituents from the United States and abroad. The Center’s collections include art objects, audio and video tapes, books, manuscripts, motion picture films, newspapers, periodicals, photographs, prints, recorded music discs and sheet music.  Highlights include:

  • One of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of paintings, sculptures, works on paper and textiles, and material culture from Africa and the African Diaspora. Featured artists include Aaron Douglas, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden.
  • A extensive collection of photographs from the mid-18th century to the present day, including portraits of many prominent 19th- and 20th-century black artists, political figures, actors, musicians, athletes, and social activists. Among the photographers represented are James VanDerZee, Gordon Parks, Edward Steichen, Coreen Simpson, Bert Andrews, and Chester Higgins.
  • Books and manuscripts it contains more than 3,900 rare books, 580 manuscript collections, and 15,ooo pieces of sheet music and rare printed materials. These include the original manuscript of Richard Wright’s Native Son;

CONTACT INFORMATION

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037
Phone: 212/491-2200
Website: www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. A cultural center as well as a repository, this Harlem-based modern research library also sponsors a wide array of interpretive programs, including exhibitions, scholarly and public forums, and cultural performances. For over 80 years, the Schomburg Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of black history and culture. For more information, please visit www.schomburgcenter.org
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryOctober 22nd, 2014 at 7:00pm
Talks at the Schomburg: The State of Black American Theaters
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

This past summer, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) hosted Catalyst: Moving the Black Theatre Legacy Forward, the first national convening of its kind in the 21st century for 21 of America’s leading black theater institutions. Join Sade Lythcott, NBT’s CEO, and Jonathan McCrory, NBT’s Director of Theatre Arts Program and curator of Howlround.com, for The State of Black American Theaters, a postmortem discussion about the outcome of such a convening and the financial and structural crisis facing black theaters nationwide.

For more information and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/WPau7x
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryOctober 21st, 2014 at 11:00pm
Have you seen Xenobia Bailey's commissioned work for the 7 subway extension?

Also, don't miss tomorrow's Before 5 talk at 2 pm. Xenobia Bailey will be in conversation with the Assistant Curator of Arts and Artifacts at the Schomburg, Tammi Lawson.

For more information about tomorrow's talk and to register: http://bit.ly/ZFc3X1
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7 Subway Extension - 9/22/2014 Update
An update on the 7 subway extension project that will bring the Flushing Line to Manhattan's West Side. Go behind the scenes to see the spectacular artwork a...
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryOctober 20th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Ordinary People: Dear Joe

Monday, November 3, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Charles Stephens and Steven G. Fullwood, editors of Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam's Call, consider the enduring legacy and influence of Joseph Beam and the black gay renaissance of the 1980s and 90s.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1lDg0pt
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryOctober 20th, 2014 at 5:30pm
Today at 5:30 PM
Macomb’s Bridge Library
Harlem River Houses [2650 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd]

Macomb’s Bridge Library Presents:
I Remember Harlem: Toward a New Day.

This documentary charts the history and development of Harlem through interviews with Harlem residents, members of the business community, and well-known neighborhood activists.

For more information: http://on.nypl.org/1rYgMd3
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryOctober 18th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry was born on this date, October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. At a young age, Berry showed an interest in music and sang in the church choir. He studied guitar with local jazz guitarist Ira Harris. In 1952, Berry met Jonnie Johnson and joined his band, the Sir John’s Trio. The band garnered a lot of attention playing with Berry’s upbeat numbers. He produced many hits throughout his career, including “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene,” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” In 1985, Berry received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Then in 1986, Berry, a pioneer of rock and roll music, became the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first inductee.

Celebrate his birthday today by watching him play Johnny B. Goode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEq62iQo0eU

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