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 25th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Benjamin O. Davis Sr. became the first black U.S. Army General on this date, October 25, 1940. Davis was born July 1, 1877 in Washington, D.C. He attended Howard University and then started his military service as a volunteer during the Spanish-American War in 1898. He became a second lieutenant in 1901. Davis and his family faced a lot of racism, having to move more than most families in the Army due to the fact that his superiors were not in agreement with Davis commanding white troops or mixing with white officers. In 1915, Davis, pictured, became a professor of Military Science and Tactics at Wilberforce University, Ohio. He was then promoted to brigadier general in 1940. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. His son, Benjamin O. Davis Jr, later followed his footsteps and became the first black general in the United States Air Force.

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryOctober 24th, 2014 at 7:00pm
First Friday: Ladies' Night Edition
Friday, November 7 at 6PM

This First Friday, we’re honoring femininity in all of its forms! Join us in celebration of our exhibition i found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls.

For more information and to register visit: http://bit.ly/1s9kQr9
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryOctober 23rd, 2014 at 9:00pm
Be sure to read the NYTimes article about Abdullah Ibrahim, South African pianist and composer who gave a moving performance at the Schomburg!

http://nyti.ms/1rdlK6x
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryOctober 23rd, 2014 at 7:00pm
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies - The Political Life and Legacy of Shirley Chisholm

Thursday, November 6, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Please join Professors Barbara Winslow, Zinga Fraser, and Joshua Guild for an important conversation on the life and legacy of New York City's own Shirley Chisholm.

Schomburg Education presents this dynamic adult education series with a full lineup of provocative scholars and community members committed to engaging dialogue about black freedom studies. The Fall 2014 semester is curated by professors Jeanne Theoharis (Brooklyn College/CUNY) and Komozi Woodard (Sarah Lawrence College).

For more information and to register visit: http://bit.ly/1ocQNE8
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibraryOctober 22nd, 2014 at 9:06pm
Register for tomorrow's Opening Plenary for Afro Latin@s Now: Race Counts at the Schomburg.

For more information about the conference, visit the Afro Latino Forum's website: http://bit.ly/1wl4Oj9
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