Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library Where Every Month Is Black History Month Founded in 1925 as the Negro Literature, History and Prints Division of the 135th Street Branch Library by Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the leading cultural institutions in the world devoted to the preservation of materials focused on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.
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Recognized for its prominence in digital humanities, scholarly research, and vast collection spanning over 10 million items, the Schomburg Center won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2015. Today, the Schomburg serves as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration with diverse programs that illuminate the richness of black history and culture, and in 2017 it was named a National Historic Landmark. For more information, please visit www.schomburgcenter.org

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From our friends at Library of America:  On Thursday, July 16 at 6 PM, join novelist and cultural critic Darryl Pinckney...
07/15/2020

From our friends at Library of America: On Thursday, July 16 at 6 PM, join novelist and cultural critic Darryl Pinckney for a close reading of James Baldwin’s memoir No Name in the Street.

Learn about the events that forged Baldwin's consciousness of race and identity, and fueled his activism. To register for this free webinar, visit http://ow.ly/Yjpa30qYrE9. #SchomburgCenter #LibraryofAmerica #JamesBaldwin #LOA

“Flora Stewart is a Black woman who lived in Londonderry, New Hampshire in the 19th century,” wrote Rebecca Bayeck, CLIR...
07/13/2020

“Flora Stewart is a Black woman who lived in Londonderry, New Hampshire in the 19th century,” wrote Rebecca Bayeck, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at the Schomburg Center.

“The exact date of her birth is unknown yet, as indicated by the caption at the bottom of her picture below, she was 117 years at the time this picture was taken on November 5, 1867.” http://ow.ly/DETw30qY9Iq #SchomburgCenter

Looking for a summer read for a child or young adult? Our Black Liberation List for Young Readers has recommendations th...
07/12/2020

Looking for a summer read for a child or young adult? Our Black Liberation List for Young Readers has recommendations that will spark meaningful discussions. on.nypl.org/3fFTbPr #Schomburg95 #SchomburgCenter

Interested in locating periodicals from the African Diaspora but not sure where to start? The #SchomburgCenter’s A.J. Mu...
07/12/2020

Interested in locating periodicals from the African Diaspora but not sure where to start? The #SchomburgCenter’s A.J. Muhammad created a library guide to access these publications. It’s organized by geographic region. To learn more, visit on.nypl.org/31lTZow.

Want more in-depth knowledge of the LGBTQ community? View our library guide Exploring Black LGBTQ Studies in the #Schomb...
07/11/2020

Want more in-depth knowledge of the LGBTQ community? View our library guide Exploring Black LGBTQ Studies in the #SchomburgCenter’s Archive. Created by Reference Librarian Bridgett Pride, it highlights books, audiovisual materials, and photographs. ow.ly/HuFI30qVrSN

“From its inception, hip-hop has served as a barrier-breaking genre and without its contributions to art, music and film...
07/11/2020
USPS Hip Hop Stamps: Behind The Release

“From its inception, hip-hop has served as a barrier-breaking genre and without its contributions to art, music and film, many modern forms of these worlds would not exist today,” said Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young to Billboard magazine.
#SchomburgCenter #Hiphop

The story behind the release of the Postal Service's new "Hip-Hop" themed commemorative Forever stamps.

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07/10/2020

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07/10/2020

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If you are reading books on the experiences of African Americans or looking to support Black-owned businesses, explore o...
07/10/2020

If you are reading books on the experiences of African Americans or looking to support Black-owned businesses, explore our Black Bookstore Research Guide. Learn about their historical and political significance in our communities. ow.ly/Dvhi30qQgPl #SchomburgCenter

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07/10/2020

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TONIGHT at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stan...
07/09/2020
Films with the Schomburg- American Masters Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

TONIGHT at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stanley Nelson, the film’s director and producer, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, nephew of Miles Davis follows. Shola Lynch, curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center, moderates the conversation. http://ow.ly/Kysj30qWusc

This event is presented in partnership with THIRTEEN. #SchomburgCenter

This film offers unparalleled access to the Miles Davis Estate with a unique view of the life of the enigmatic and influential jazz musician

TONIGHT at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stan...
07/09/2020
Films with the Schomburg- American Masters Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

TONIGHT at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stanley Nelson, the film’s director and producer, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, nephew of Miles Davis follows. Shola Lynch, curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center, moderates the conversation. http://ow.ly/Kysj30qWusc

This event is presented in partnership with THIRTEEN. #SchomburgCenter

This film offers unparalleled access to the Miles Davis Estate with a unique view of the life of the enigmatic and influential jazz musician

TONIGHT at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stan...
07/09/2020
Films with the Schomburg- American Masters Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

TONIGHT at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stanley Nelson, the film’s director and producer, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, nephew of Miles Davis follows. Shola Lynch, curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center, moderates the conversation. http://ow.ly/Kysj30qWusc

This event is presented in partnership with THIRTEEN. #SchomburgCenter

This film offers unparalleled access to the Miles Davis Estate with a unique view of the life of the enigmatic and influential jazz musician

TOMORROW at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Sta...
07/09/2020
Films with the Schomburg- American Masters Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

TOMORROW at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stanley Nelson, the film’s director and producer, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, nephew of Miles Davis follows. Shola Lynch, curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center, moderates the conversation. http://ow.ly/Kysj30qWusc

This event is presented in partnership with THIRTEEN. #SchomburgCenter

This film offers unparalleled access to the Miles Davis Estate with a unique view of the life of the enigmatic and influential jazz musician

Want to stay up to date on our news, digital collections, library guides, and blog posts? Sign up for our free newslette...
07/08/2020

Want to stay up to date on our news, digital collections, library guides, and blog posts? Sign up for our free newsletter Schomburg Connection. http://ow.ly/U2l530qT2eJ #SchomburgConnection

TOMORROW at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Sta...
07/08/2020
Films with the Schomburg- American Masters Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

TOMORROW at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stanley Nelson, the film’s director and producer, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, nephew of Miles Davis follows. Shola Lynch, curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center, moderates the conversation. http://ow.ly/Kysj30qWusc

This event is presented in partnership with THIRTEEN. #SchomburgCenter

This film offers unparalleled access to the Miles Davis Estate with a unique view of the life of the enigmatic and influential jazz musician

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featu...
07/08/2020
Films with the Schomburg- American Masters Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stanley Nelson, the film’s director and producer, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, nephew of Miles Davis follows. Shola Lynch, curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center, moderates the conversation. http://ow.ly/Kysj30qWusc

This event is presented in partnership with THIRTEEN. #SchomburgCenter

This film offers unparalleled access to the Miles Davis Estate with a unique view of the life of the enigmatic and influential jazz musician

Want to stay up to date on our news, digital collections, library guides, and blog posts? Sign up for our free newslette...
07/08/2020

Want to stay up to date on our news, digital collections, library guides, and blog posts? Sign up for our free newsletter Schomburg Connection. http://ow.ly/U2l530qT2eJ

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featu...
07/07/2020
Films with the Schomburg- American Masters Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stanley Nelson, the film’s director and producer, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, nephew of Miles Davis follows. Shola Lynch, curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center, moderates the conversation. http://ow.ly/Kysj30qWusc

This event is presented in partnership with THIRTEEN. #SchomburgCenter

This film offers unparalleled access to the Miles Davis Estate with a unique view of the life of the enigmatic and influential jazz musician

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featu...
07/07/2020
Films with the Schomburg: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stanley Nelson, the film’s director and producer, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, nephew of Miles Davis follows. Shola Lynch, curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center, moderates the conversation. http://ow.ly/Kysj30qWusc

This event is presented in partnership with THIRTEEN. #SchomburgCenter

This film offers unparalleled access to the Miles Davis Estate with a unique view of the life of the enigmatic and influential jazz musician

Missed our celebration Juneteenth: Creating Legacy in Contested Places? It’s airing on BronxNet starting Wednesday, July...
07/07/2020

Missed our celebration Juneteenth: Creating Legacy in Contested Places? It’s airing on BronxNet starting Wednesday, July 8 at 11 AM. For more information, visit https://www.bronxnet.org

The afternoon program included music, conversation, and reflection with Chef Therese Nelson, Dr. Andrea Roberts, founder of Texas Freedom Colonies Project, and TV personality Carla Hall. Plus, Rootstock Republic premiered a new arrangement of "Strange Fruit," the classic song, made famous by Billie Holiday, which called attention to the lynching of Black people in America.

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featu...
07/07/2020

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stanley Nelson, the film’s director and producer, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, nephew of Miles Davis follows. Shola Lynch, curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center, moderates the conversation. http://ow.ly/Kysj30qWusc

This event is presented in partnership with THIRTEEN. #SchomburgCenter

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featu...
07/06/2020
Films with the Schomburg: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stanley Nelson, the film’s director and producer, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, nephew of Miles Davis follows. Shola Lynch, curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center, moderates the conversation. http://ow.ly/Kysj30qWusc

This event is presented in partnership with THIRTEEN. #SchomburgCenter

This film offers unparalleled access to the Miles Davis Estate with a unique view of the life of the enigmatic and influential jazz musician

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featu...
07/06/2020

THURSDAY, July 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. A panel discussion featuring Stanley Nelson, the film’s director and producer, Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, and Vince Wilburn, nephew of Miles Davis follows. Shola Lynch, curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center, moderates the conversation.
http://ow.ly/Kysj30qWusc

This event is presented in partnership with THIRTEEN.

Want to stay up to date on our news, digital collections, library guides, and blog posts? Sign up for our free newslette...
07/06/2020

Want to stay up to date on our news, digital collections, library guides, and blog posts? Sign up for our free newsletter Schomburg Connection. http://ow.ly/U2l530qT2eJ #SchomburgCenter

Interested in locating periodicals from the African Diaspora but not sure where to start? A.J. Muhammad, a librarian in ...
07/06/2020

Interested in locating periodicals from the African Diaspora but not sure where to start? A.J. Muhammad, a librarian in our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, created a library guide to access Diasporic publications. It’s organized by geographic region: the West, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Asia. https://on.nypl.org/31lTZow #SchomburgCenter

Discover some of the unsung Black men and women of American freedom in a new #NYPL online exhibition! It's curated by #S...
07/05/2020

Discover some of the unsung Black men and women of American freedom in a new #NYPL online exhibition! It's curated by #SchomburgCenter staff members. http://ow.ly/udRQ30qVWj6 @NYPL

#Onthisday in 1852, #FrederickDouglass gave his speech, What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? Learn more about his hi...
07/05/2020

#Onthisday in 1852, #FrederickDouglass gave his speech, What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? Learn more about his historic words. http://ow.ly/JP9530qW3dL
#SchomburgCenter

Want to be more informed? Looking for a new read? See our Black Liberation Reading List. Curated by Schomburg staff, the...
07/05/2020

Want to be more informed? Looking for a new read? See our Black Liberation Reading List. Curated by Schomburg staff, the list focuses on books by Black writers and those whose papers are in the #SchomburgCenter. http://ow.ly/kYgV30qWmoD #Schomburg95 #BlackLivesMatter

The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not ...
07/05/2020
https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/07/02/schomburg-freedoms-founders?platform=hootsuite&utm_campaign=SchomSocialMediaFacebook

The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me,” said Frederick Douglass in his 1852 speech What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?

“The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." http://ow.ly/JP9530qW3dL #SchomburgCenter #FrederickDouglass

The Fourth of July inspires both celebration and reflection. This Independence Day, explore our digital exhibition honor...
07/04/2020

The Fourth of July inspires both celebration and reflection. This Independence Day, explore our digital exhibition honoring abolitionists and activists who fought for true equality, including Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Lottie Grimke, and more. http://ow.ly/udRQ30qVWj6 #SchomburgCenter

The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not ...
07/04/2020

The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me,” said Frederick Douglass in his 1852 speech What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?

“The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." http://ow.ly/JP9530qW3dL #SchomburgCenter #FrederickDouglass

How do you talk to a child or teen about freedom today when our ancestors were enslaved and we’re still fighting for jus...
07/04/2020

How do you talk to a child or teen about freedom today when our ancestors were enslaved and we’re still fighting for justice? Released on Juneteenth, our Black Liberation List for Young Readers provides a starting point for meaningful conversations.

Curated by staff, these titles celebrate Black culture and artistry, and teach important history. https://on.nypl.org/3fFTbPr #Schomburg95 #SchomburgCenter

“The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not...
07/04/2020

“The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me,” said Frederick Douglass in his 1852 speech What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?

“The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn."

To learn more about Douglass' historic speech, visit https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/07/02/schomburg-freedoms-founders?platform=hootsuite&utm_campaign=SchomSocialMediaFacebook. #SchomburgCenter

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. A cultural center as well as a repository, this Harlem-based modern research library also sponsors a wide array of interpretive programs, including exhibitions, scholarly and public forums, and cultural performances. For over 80 years, the Schomburg Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of black history and culture. For more information, please visit www.schomburgcenter.org Exhibition hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 am-6 pm

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Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

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(212) 491-2200

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