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The Schomburg Legacy Lives On: The Genius of Deborah Willis

In honor of International Women's Day, we honor former Schomburg Center Photographs and Prints Division curator, Dr. Deborah Willis. In this interview, Dr. Willis discusses the BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] III: Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures conference, her photography work, and her pioneering work at The Schomburg Center. Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

October Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan Library

We've got a selection of engaging author talks coming up this month at the Mid-Manhattan Library. Come listen to scholars and other experts discuss their recent non-fiction books on a variety of subjects and ask them questions. Read More ›

President Obama's 2016 Summer Playlist

Get music from the official @POTUS playlist at the library.Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Ada "Bricktop" Smith to Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

Today’s episode features a letter from jazz singer, dancer, and nightclub owner Ada Smith, jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and "auto-archivist" Louis Armstrong.Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller to Phil Ponce

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 ›

The Right Stuff: Finding the Best Biography Database for Your Research

Find the best biography database for your subject, whether it is Alan Turing or Beyoncé.Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Philippa Schuyler to Josephine Schuyler

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 ›

Remembering Malcolm X Through the Women Who Knew Him

Our annual celebration of the birthday of Malcolm X will be held on May 19 in collaboration with the Malcolm X Museum. The all-women panel, Women Speak About Malcolm X, is sold out, but you may still join the discussion via LiveStream.Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Josephine Schuyler to Philippa Schuyler

Today’s episode features a letter from journalist and essayist Josephine Schuyler, to her daughter, pianist, composer, journalist, and child prodigy Philippa Duke Schuyler. Read More ›

Granville T. Woods: An Early STEM Pioneer

He registered nearly 60 patents—ranging from the development of the telephone to the multiplex telegraph.Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Zora Neale Hurston to 'Bill'

Today’s episode features a letter from writer, anthropologist, and folklorist, Zora Neale Hurston to her friend, “Bill.”Read More ›

Biographies, The Ultimate Self-Help Tool

If you are feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, read the story of someone else who has been there. Read More ›

Remembering Activist Paul Robeson

Alicia Perez, Communications Pre-Professional at the Schomburg Center, reflects on the lasting influence of activist Paul Robeson on his birthday.Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Claude McKay to Walter White

Today’s episode features a letter from Jamaican-American Harlem renaissance era poet and writer Claude McKay to NAACP leader and civil rights activist, Walter White.Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Josephine Baker to Sumio Matasuo

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 ›

Introducing the Photographers’ Identities Catalog

PIC is a collection of biographical data for over 115,000 photographers, studios, manufacturers, dealers, and others involved in the production of photographs.Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Nella Larsen to 'Eddie'

Today’s episode features a note from Harlem Renaissance writer Nella Larsen to an unidentified friend—“Eddie”—regarding a social gathering preceding the wedding of Yolande Du Bois and Countee Cullen. Read More ›
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