Curators’ Choice: Black Life Matters launched the Schomburg Center’s 90th anniversary year with an eclectic array of rarely seen collection materials that affirm the Schomburg’s mission to document and preserve black life, history, and culture. The curator of each research division presented selections that engaged audiences with the rich matter of black life and cultural production—from documentary films to children’s books, from handwritten letters to historical audio recordings and LPs, from photographs to lithographs, and much more.


This exhibition took place at the Schomburg Center in 2015.

Main Exhibition Gallery

Main Gallery

Richard Saunders: A Bit of Life

Curated By: Mary Yearwood, Curator, Photographs and Prints Division

Digging in the Vault

Curated By: Tammi Lawson, Assistant Curator, Art and Artifacts Division

Epistolary Lives: Letters Written by Black Gays and Lesbians

Curated By: Steven G. Fullwood, Assistant Curator, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

Latimer/ Edison Gallery


Telling the Stories of the Black Experience to Children: There is work to be done!

Curated By: Maira Liriano, Associate Chief Librarian, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division


Evidence of Things Un*Seen

Curated By: Shola Lynch, Curator, Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division


In a painting two stylized figures are shown. One figure, an African American man lovingly carries his child.

"New Generation;" Elizabeth Catlett, 1991 PR. 09.004, Art © Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. This piece is featured in the "Digging in the Vault" artwork collection of this exhibition.


Portrait photographs of varyingly queer identifying Black people are shown arrayed in a grid

Schomburg Treasures: The StoryCorps Black LGBTQ Archive

The StoryCorps Black LGBTQ Archive is now available at the Schomburg Center.