Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY 10037
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Art and Artifacts Division
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About the Division

Detail from the painting "Yellow Rocker" by Bernard P. Schardt, c. 1935-43.

The Art and Artifacts Division collects, documents, preserves, and interprets art and artifacts by and about peoples of African heritage throughout the world. Fine and applied art and material culture objects from the seventeenth century to the present are collected, with emphasis on the visual arts of the twentieth century in the United States and Africa.

Image caption: Detail from “Yellow Rocker,” 1935–1943 (approximate). Art and Artifacts Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. Explore more in the Library's Digital Collections.

Visiting the Collection

Are research appointments required to access the collections onsite?
Research is by appointment only. Please email if you would like to set up your appointment.

Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Patrons can email to schedule a virtual consultation. Virtual consultations may be required depending on a user's needs.

What else do researchers need to know about accessing the collection?
Registration of a Special Collections Account is required for consultation of materials in the Art and Artifacts Division.

Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Email us at with any additional queries.


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Current Exhibitions

  • Michael Cummings & A Bygone Era in Art

    Online Only
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

    Beginning in the 1970s, American artist and quiltmaker Michael A. Cummings began collecting Black art event ephemera. Recently…

  • Watercolors Amongst Friends

    Online Only
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

    Letters between Arturo Schomburg and illustrator, Albert Alexander Smith from the 1930s discuss the acquisition of these newly digitized…