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
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryNovember 24th, 2014 at 6:30pm
There was a familiar face on the cover of today's amNewYork! The Schomburg's volunteer chair of the docent and welcome committees, Carey Byrd, is featured in amNewYork's "NYers Who Deserve Our Thanks."

Read the article online [http://bit.ly/1AHgFfv] or read the digital version of the paper (see pages 6-7) here: http://bit.ly/19wAOU9
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryNovember 20th, 2014 at 11:30pm
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Talks at the Schomburg: Black Art + Identity Politics? by Schomburg Center
Watch Schomburg Center's Talks at the Schomburg: Black Art + Identity Politics? on Livestream.com. Join exhibiting artists from i found god in myself (Renee Cox and Dianne Smith) and Question Bridge: Black Males (Hank Willis Thomas and Bayete Ross Smith) for a conversation about the racial, gender,…
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryNovember 20th, 2014 at 10:33pm
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Talks at the Schomburg: Black Art + Identity Politics? by Schomburg Center
Watch Schomburg Center's Talks at the Schomburg: Black Art + Identity Politics? on Livestream.com. Join exhibiting artists from i found god in myself (Renee Cox and Dianne Smith) and Question Bridge: Black Males (Hank Willis Thomas and Bayete Ross Smith) for a conversation about the racial, gender,…
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryNovember 19th, 2014 at 9:32pm
The Schomburg's Education Associate Joel Diaz and Assistant Curator Steven G. Fullwood discuss "The Weight in Being Well: The Salt Eaters and the Genius of Toni Cade Bambara" in this article for The Feminist Wire. Check it out: http://bit.ly/1qtLlh3
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library shared Schomburg Education's status update.November 18th, 2014 at 9:11pm
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