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Research Collections

Special collections, reading rooms, and curatorial units.

The New York Public Library has special collections and units in the following areas.

A card of admission is required to access these collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Registration is required for consultation of materials in these collections at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

  • Arents Collection
    The George Arents Collection on Tobacco is a comprehensive collection on the history, literature, and lore of tobacco. The Arents Collection of Books in Parts is one of the most important collections assembled of serialized publications that remain in their original paper wrappers.

    Subject: Tobacco

    Format: Prints, Photographs, Ephemera, Books

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 328

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  • Art and Architecture Collection
    Fine arts, art history, decorative arts, architectural history, design, and theory.

    Subject: Art History, Fine Arts, Decorative Arts, Architectural History, Design, Design History, Theory

    Format: Monographs, Serials, Exhibition Catalogs, Auction Catalogs, Databases, Ephemera

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 300

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  • Berg Collection of English and American Literature
    First editions, rare books, autograph letters, and manuscripts.

    Subject: English and American Literature

    Format: Manuscripts, Printed Materials, Photographs

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 320

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  • Billy Rose Theatre Division
    Holdings illuminate every type of performance, from street corner to stage to studio.

    Subject: Theater

    Format: Video, Film, Ephemera

    Location: Library for the Performing Arts, Third Floor

  • Children's Center at 42nd Street
    Circulating materials for children of all ages, and for adults with an interest in children’s literature, music, and media.

    Subject: Children's Books, DVDs, CDs

    Format: Books, DVDs, CDs

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Ground Floor, Room 84

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  • Circulating Picture Collection
    The Picture Collection contains a million pictures, arranged by subject, available for circulation and reference.

    Subject: Circulating Picture Collection

    Format: Prints, Photographs

    Location: Mid-Manhattan Library, 3rd floor

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  • DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room
    11,000 periodical titles in 22 languages from 128 countries.

    Subject: Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Anthropology, Sociology, World History, Biographies, General Studies

    Format: Periodicals, Newspapers

    Location: Schwarzman Building, First Floor, Room 108

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  • Dorot Jewish Division
    One of the great collections of Judaica in the world.

    Subject: Judaica

    Format: Manuscripts, Periodicals, Books

    Location: Schwarzman Building, First Floor, Room 111

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  • General Research Division
    Reference assistance with materials on the humanities, social sciences, and general subjects.

    Subject: Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Anthropology, Sociology, World History, Biographies, Slavic and East European Collections.

    Format: Books, Periodicals, Manuscripts, Ephemera

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 315

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  • Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
    Materials documenting United States History on the national, state and local level, Genealogy, Heraldry, Personal and Family Names, and Flags.

    Subject: History, Genealogy, New York City History

    Format: Genealogy Resources, Census Records, Rare Books, Manuscripts, Photographs, Archival Materials

    Location: Schwarzman Building, First Floor, Room 121

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  • Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division
    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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  • Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image
    Over 23,000 moving images chronicling dance, from the earliest Edison reels to the latest television broadcasts; from ethnic dances to ballets by Balanchine; from Broadway musicals to Pilates.

    Subject: Dance

    Format: Film, Video, Digital Streaming Video

    Location: Library for the Performing Arts, Third Floor

  • Jerome Robbins Dance Division
    Chronicles the art of dance in all its manifestations — ballet, ethnic, modern, social, and folk.

    Subject: Dance

    Format: Books, Films, Video, Audio, Clippings, Iconography, Manuscripts, Memorabilia

    Location: Library for the Performing Arts, Third Floor

  • Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division
    405,000 maps, 18,000 atlases and books about cartography.

    Subject: Maps, Geography

    Format: Maps, Atlases, Books, Periodicals

    Location: Schwarzman Building, First Floor, Room 117

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  • Manuscripts and Archives Division
    29,000 linear feet of archival material in over 3,000 collections.

    Subject: Political, economic, social and cultural history.

    Format: Manuscripts, Volumes, Printed Material, Photographs, Ephemera.

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328

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  • Microforms Reading Room
    350,000 microfilm reels and 3,000,000 microfiche.

    Subject: International, Regional and Local Newspapers, Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Anthropology, Sociology, World History, Biographies, General Studies

    Format: Microfilm and Microfiche

    Location: Schwarzman Building, First Floor, Room 100

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  • Music Division
    Chronicles the art of music in all its diversity — opera, spirituals, ragtime, jazz, musical comedy, orchestral, rock, and pop music.

    Subject: Music

    Format: Printed Books, Scores and Periodicals, Clippings, Programs, Archives, Sheet Music, Electronic Resources

    Location: Library for the Performing Arts, Third Floor

  • Performing Arts Circulating Collection
    Coverage encompasses the fields of dance, drama, film and video, television, radio, music, recorded sound, and arts administration.

    Subject: Theater, Performing Arts

    Format: Sheet Music, Periodicals, Books, DVD's Film

    Location: Library for the Performing Arts, Third Floor

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  • Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle
    One of the world's leading repositories for the study of English Romanticism.

    Subject: English Literature

    Format: Printed Materials, Manuscripts

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 319

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  • Photography Collection
    500,000 original photographic prints, from the medium's 150+ year history.

    Subject: Photography

    Format: Photographs

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Prints and Photographs Study Room, Third Floor, Room 308

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  • Print Collection
    The Print Collection of The New York Public Library encompasses over 200,000 prints along with a specialized reference collection of over 15,000 volumes on the history of prints and printmakers.

    Subject: Prints

    Format: Prints, Reference Materials

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 308

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  • Rare Books Division
    The Rare Book Division houses approximately 200,000 titles, covering five centuries of printing - from the 1450s to the present - and representing Continental Europe, England, and the Americas.

    Subject: Rare Books

    Format: Books and Manuscripts

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328

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  • Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
    Over 500,000 sound recordings in every format: cylinder, 78rpm, LP, reel-to-reel tape, cassette, CD, laser disc.

    Subject: Recorded Music, Literature and Speech

    Format: Recordings, Moving Images, Printed Materials

    Location: Library for the Performing Arts, Third Floor

  • Schomburg Art and Artifacts Division
    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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  • Schomburg Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
    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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  • Schomburg Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division
    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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  • Schomburg Photographs and Prints Division
    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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  • Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)
    Business, Science, Patents & Trademarks, Government Documents, United Nations, European Union, International Monetary Fund documents.

    Subject: Science, Business, Technology

    Format: Print Materials, E-Resources

    Location: Science, Industry and Business Library

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  • Spencer Collection
    The Spencer Collection surveys the illustrated word and book bindings of all periods and all countries and cultures, from medieval manuscripts, Japanese scrolls, and Indian miniatures to monuments in Renaissance printing, illustration and binding to contemporary livres d'artistes.

    Subject: Medieval Manuscripts, Renaissance Printing and Illustration, Japanese Scrolls

    Format: Manuscripts, Prints, Works on Paper

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 308

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  • Theatre on Film and Tape Archive
    Documentation effort, recording Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions, and dialogues between notable theatre personalities.

    Subject: Theater

    Format: Film, Tape

    Location: Library for the Performing Arts, Third Floor

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