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Research Collections at the Schomburg Center

All users are required to have a library card to access the collections at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Registration is required for consultation of materials in some collections at the Schomburg Center. Please review the policies of the collection you wish to visit before you arrive.

  • <a href="/locations/schomburg/JBH-research-and-reference-division%20" class="title-of-coll">Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division</a>
    General Research

    Subject: Multidisciplinary focus on peoples of African descent throughout the world.

    Format: Books, periodicals, newspapers in paper and microform; archival material in microform; maps; computer files

    Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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  • <a href="/locations/schomburg/art-and-artifacts-division%20" class="title-of-coll">Schomburg Art and Artifacts Division </a>
    Fine and applied art and material culture objects are collected from the seventeenth century to the present.

    Subject: African Heritage

    Format: Art and Artifacts

    Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Second Floor.

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  • <a href="/locations/schomburg/manuscripts-archives-and-rare-books-division%20" class="title-of-coll">Schomburg Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division </a>
    Rare, unique, and primary materials that document the history and culture of peoples of African descent.

    Subject: History of blacks in the United States, Caribbean and Africa; slavery, biography; performing arts, literature, religion

    Format: Personal and family papers, organizational records, literary manuscripts, playscripts, rare books, sheet music, broadsides, programs and playbills.

    Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Second Floor

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  • <a href="/locations/schomburg/moving-image-and-recorded-sound-division%20" class="title-of-coll">Schomburg Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division</a>
    Collection of African American, Caribbean, and African popular and traditional music genres.

    Subject: African American, Caribbean and African popular and traditional music genres; public affairs broadcasts; documentary and feature films covering Africa and the diaspora, and early jazz and tap dance film footage.

    Format: Motion picture film, video recordings, digital media files, and music and spoken arts recordings in several formats.

    Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Third Floor

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  • <a href="/locations/schomburg/photographs-and-prints-division%20" class="title-of-coll">Schomburg Photographs and Prints Division</a>
    500,000 images depicting the history and culture of peoples of African descent worldwide; a representative body of work by photographers of African descent

    Subject: Portraiture, photojournalism, fine art photographic expressions and 18th and 19th century prints

    Format: Photographs and prints

    Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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