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Schomburg Research Guide: Katherine Dunham

New! This series of Schomburg Center Research Guides will provide you with resources related to various topics and subjects related to the Global Black Experience. This research guide will provide you with an overview of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s holdings related to Black dance pioneer, Katherine Dunham. Read More ›

Schomburg Treasures: WPA Photographs

The Schomburg Center's collection of WPA photographs is now available on the NYPL's Digital Collections site.Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Nelson Mandela to Niki Iris Xaba

Oscar award winning rapper, and actor, Common, recites this heartfelt letter written by Nelson Mandela, to his sister-in-law, Niki Iris Xaba, about family, prison, and his love for then wife, Winnie Mandela. Read More ›

Remembering Sculptor Houston Conwill (1947-2016)

Tammi Lawson, Associate Curator of our Art and Artifacts Division, writes a touching tribute to late sculptor Houston Conwill, whose famous Cosmogram is one of the most asked-about pieces at the Schomburg Center.Read More ›

Farewell to Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor and Gloria Naylor

This past fall, the world lost two influential African American women writers: Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor and Gloria Naylor. Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Jean-Léon Destiné to Lavinia Williams

Live from the Reading Room: Correspondence is a podcast series that aims to share interesting and engaging letters written by or to key historical figures from the African Diaspora.Read More ›

Learn More about this Semester's Schomburg Center Pre-Professionals

Steven G. Fullwood, Associate Curator in our Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, and Manager of the Schomburg Center's BNY Mellon Pre-Professional Development Program, highlights this semester's group of inspiring pre-professionals who are working to curate, document, promote, and maintain our brand and narrative.Read More ›

Schomburg Research Guide: Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA)

New! This series of Schomburg Center Research Guides will provide you with resources related to various topics and subjects related to the Global Black Experience. This research guide will provide you with an overview of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s holdings related to Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Langston Hughes to E. Ethelred Brown

Robert G. O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University recites this letter about faith composed by Harlem Renaissance poet and novelist, Langston Hughes, to Jamaican born Harlem preacher E. Ethelred Brown. Read More ›

The American Dream Reimagined: A Review of 'Behold the Dreamers'

Donnaley Gonez, the Schomburg Center's Public Programs Pre-Professional, writes about the importance of the African immigrant narrative explored in Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, whose novel was the subject of our October 2016 "Between the Lines" program:

Imbolo Mbue’s critically acclaimed book, Behold the Dreamers, illuminates the conflicts many immigrants face, and the perceptions they have about the American Dream. In telling the story of a Cameroonian 

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Black Ballots Mixtape

Black Ballots Mixtape presents audio selections from items housed in the Schomburg Center's Moving Image and Recorded Sound division. In collaboration with the Schomburg Center's Black Ballots event, this playlist collects several excerpts from speeches related to black people and voting. Read More ›

'Loving' and the History of Anti-Miscegenation Laws in Virginia and Washington

In honor of the theatrical release of Loving this Friday, Shakeya Hughes, the Schomburg Center's Communications Pre-Professional, writes about the importance of the Loving v. Virginia case in black history.Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Cheryl Boyce-Taylor to Friends and Poets

This episode of 'Live From the Reading Room: Correspondence', recited by Trinidadian costume historian Natalya Mills-Mayrena, features a letter from Trinidadian Poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor to a group of friends and poets. In the letter, Boyce-Taylor discusses writing, family, and publishing. Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Claudia Jones to Eslanda Robeson

This podcast episode recited by Carole Boyce Davies features a lively letter between friends and colleagues: Claudia Jones and Eslanda Robeson. Read More ›

In Search of Nat Turner

From Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Ossie Davis to Alice Walker, Kanye West, and Nate Parker, Nat Turner has captured many people’s imagination. Yet 185 years after his death, the 31-year-old General Nat or Old Prophet Nat, as he was known to the enslaved community, remains as mysterious as ever.Read More ›

Schomburg Archivists Take Your Questions On #AskAnArchivist Day

In the spirit of October being Archives Month, I have asked four Archivists from the Schomburg Center Research of Black Culture questions about their specializations. Join us on Twitter, @SchomburgMARB, on Wednesday October 5 from 11 AM to 2 PM to ask us any questions about our collections, best archival practices, and the archival profession. Read More ›

Black Lives Black Motorists

Within our contemporary climate of #BlackLivesMatter, The Green Book guides deserve continued discussion of their value as not only a practical travel resource for their time, but also as a survival guide. Read More ›

Ep. 45 "It's Almost Like a Temple" | Library Stories

Fiber artist, designer, and cultural activist Xenobia Bailey has a favorite institution where she goes for inspiration: the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Read More ›

Small Islands, Big Carnival: West Indians in the USA

West Indian immigrants form the largest Black immigrant group in the city and most likely nationwide, though they represent individually small nations. This weekend the collective will come together to throw the biggest party in our city.Read More ›

Evaluating the Struggle for Equality and Civil Rights in the U.S. with the NAACP Papers

The NAACP Papers—an archival collection of approximately two million historical documents from NAACP national, legal and branch offices—are now available online to researchers onsite at the Schomburg Center, and NYPL's other research and branch libraries, as well as remotely.Read More ›
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