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 & 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.
From "A People's History of Harlem" to the "Schomburg Mixtape," listen to conversations celebrating black history and culture from local residents to scholars and intellectuals across the African Diaspora.
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.
Schomburg Library Digital Collections
- ART AND ARTIFACTS DIVISION
- JEAN BLACKWELL HUTSON RESEARCH AND REFERENCE DIVISION
- MANUSCRIPTS, ARCHIVES AND RARE BOOKS DIVISION
- MOVING IMAGE AND RECORDED SOUND DIVISION
- PHOTOGRAPHS AND PRINTS DIVISION
Peruse our collection of full-length books, excerpts, and articles that span topics including contemporary migrations and the African and African Disaporan experience, and highlight important work from women writers of the 19th century.
Scan tens of thousands of images that document both contemporary African-American history and African and African Diasporan 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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