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Arthur Alfonso Schomburg papers (additions).

Arthur Alfonso Schomburg papers (additions).
Schomburg, Arthur Alfonso, 1874-1938
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Box 1Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 952 Box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 2Mixed materialRestricted use Sc MG 952 Box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 3Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 952 Box 3Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives


Additional Authors
  • Brawley, Benjamin, 1882-1939
  • Bruce, John Edward
  • Cromwell, John Wesley, 1846-1927
  • Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965
  • Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
  • Frazier, E. Franklin, 1894-1962
  • Locke, Alain, 1885-1954
  • Logan, Rayford Whittingham, 1897-1982
  • Margetson, George Reginald
  • Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915
  • Wesley, Dorothy Porter, 1905-1995
  • Universal Negro Improvement Association.
.83 linear feet (3 boxes)
  • This collection consists of correspondence, press clippings, and ephemera primarily relating to Arthur Schomburg's activities as a book collector, historian, and curator at the New York Public Library (NYPL).
  • The correspondence files mostly contain letters written to Schomburg, with some of his responses included. Correspondents include Booker T. Washington, lawyer John Wesley Cromwell, poet George Reginald Margetson, author Benjamin Brawley, and heiress and activist Nancy Cunard, among others.
  • The other material includes press clippings, mostly in scrapbooks, of articles by and about Schomburg; printed ephemera; and memorials of Schomburg written after his death. The memorials include remembrances by various friends and scholars including Alain Locke, Rayford W. Logan, Dorothy B. Porter, and E. Franklin Frazier. The file of ephemera and personal papers contains invitations, flyers, and programs for speaking engagements and other events; as well as miscellaneous notes and papers, including a signed testimony from Schomburg acting in his capacity as a clerk at a law firm. Additionally of note are two petitions: one from the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) presented to the League of Nations on behalf of "four hundred million Negros" worldwide, and inscribed to Schomburg from UNIA Special Secretary John E. Bruce, and one presented to the NYPL from W.E.B. DuBois, protesting racial discrimination in Library hiring practices. The NYPL petition is also accompanied by correspondence regarding Schomburg's position as Curator.
Home to Harlem Project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Correspondence.
  • Ephemera.
  • Obituaries.
  • Petitions.
  • Scrapbooks.
Access (note)
  • Researchers are restricted to surrogate copies of newspapers deemed too fragile for use.
Source (note)
  • This material was retrieved from the Lawrence D. Reddick Papers. Reddick succeeded Schomburg as curator of the Schomburg Collection after Schomburg's death in 1938, serving from 1939-1948. When Reddick's papers were acquired by the Schomburg Center in 1998, this material was found and identified as belonging with the Schomburg papers.
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Sc MG 952
Schomburg, Arthur Alfonso, 1874-1938, creator.
Arthur Alfonso Schomburg papers (additions).
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Researchers are restricted to surrogate copies of newspapers deemed too fragile for use.
Arthur (originally Arturo) Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938) was a collector of books and manuscripts pertaining to black history and culture whose collection formed the basis for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Schomburg moved to New York City in 1891, settling in Harlem and later, Brooklyn. As a young man, he was an active supporter of Cuban and Puerto Rican independence, cofounding the political club Las Dos Antillas; later, he was involved in several organizations devoted to promoting African American research and scholarship, including the Negro Society for Historical Research and the American Negro Academy. Drawing on his extensive collection of books and historical documents, Schomburg wrote articles on the history of the African diaspora for major black periodicals including The Crisis, Opportunity, Negro World, and The New York Amsterdam News. In 1926, Schomburg sold his collection to the New York Public Library, and served as curator of the Division of Negro Literature, History, and Prints from 1932 until his death in 1938.
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Brawley, Benjamin, 1882-1939, correspondent.
Bruce, John Edward, inscriber.
Cromwell, John Wesley, 1846-1927, correspondent.
Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965, correspondent.
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963, author.
Frazier, E. Franklin, 1894-1962, author.
Locke, Alain, 1885-1954, author.
Logan, Rayford Whittingham, 1897-1982, author.
Margetson, George Reginald, correspondent.
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915, correspondent.
Wesley, Dorothy Porter, 1905-1995, author.
Universal Negro Improvement Association.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 952
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