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Relying on the expertise of distinguished curators and scholars, Digital Schomburg provides access to trusted information, interpretation, and scholarship on the global black experience 24/7. Users worldwide can find, in this virtual Schomburg Center, exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Engage with fascinating conversations, exciting book talks, lectures, and readings. See them live or enjoy them on demand.
Podcasts: Visiting Scholars, Education, & Live Events
Listen to great scholars talk passionately about their work. Find out what tomorrow’s scholarship will be about. Discover new ideas, new trends, or get fresh insights into timeless topics.x
“A People’s History of Harlem,” part of The New York Public Library's Community Oral History Project, preserves and documents Harlem history through the stories of people who have experienced it.
Digital Schomburg’s online exhibitions—using images, full-length books and articles, manuscripts, maps, and essays by renowned scholars—present an in-depth look into specific themes. These exhibitions, some with lesson plans and educational activities, are comprehensive presentations and interpretations of essential historical, political, and cultural topics in the global black experience and, taken together, give you access to the latest research as well as tens of thousands of pages of texts and several thousand images.
Digitized Books from In Motion and The Abolition of the Slave Trade
You can access more than 430 full- length books, book chapters and articles, as well as dozens of manuscripts and tables covering the African and African Diasporan experience from the transatlantic slave trade, slavery, and the fight against them to contemporary migrations to, within, and out of the United States.
African-American Women Writers of the 19th Century
An essential collection of 41 full-length books representing several genres, such as autobiographies, poetry, novels, compilation of slave testimonies, and memoirs, by authors ranging from the famous, such as Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and Mary Prince, to the anonymous “Old Elizabeth.”
Images of African Americans from the 19th Century
View a portfolio of 500 images documenting the social, political, and cultural world of African Americans from slavery through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and beyond.
Africa and the African Diaspora
Browse more than 11,000 items ranging from prints and photographs to historical documents relating to African and African Diasporan history and cultures from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
These selected sites offer access to free, high-quality, and large databases of books, articles, oral histories, images, maps, interviews, and television programs. Some sites are specifically devoted to Africa and/or the African Diaspora, while others are more general but include materials of interest to research in the history and cultures of the black world.
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