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 Division of Negro Literature, History, and Prints of the 135th Street Branch Library by the Citizens Committee led by Arturo Schomburg and Ernestine Rose, a branch librarian, 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.

Recognized for its prominence scholarly research and its vast collection spanning over 11 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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Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us online for Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem as we celebrate the 55th anniversary of ...
09/06/2021
Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem by Schomburg Center

Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us online for Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem as we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Harlem Institute of Fashion. Plus, see the pop-up exhibition at the #SchomburgCenter. It’s from Sept. 9 through Sept. 16. https://livestream.com/schomburgcenter/showingout?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Watch Schomburg Center's Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem on Livestream.com. Hosted during, New York Fashion Week, we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Harlem Institute of Fashion (HIF) and the the Black Fashion Museum (BFM), founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane. We will pay tribute to the institutio...

This 1937 image by Dorothea Lange is from the Farm Security Administration Collection in our Photographs and Prints Divi...
09/05/2021
Cotton h**r near Clarksdale, Miss., June 1937.

This 1937 image by Dorothea Lange is from the Farm Security Administration Collection in our Photographs and Prints Division.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the agency in 1937 to combat poverty during the Great Depression. Its team of photographers, which included Lange, traveled throughout the U.S. documenting the everyday lives of people living in rural areas from the late 1930s through early 1940s. #SundayStyle #SchomburgCenter Image ID: 1211907
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One of hundreds of thousands of free digital items from The New York Public Library.

Save the dates! From October 6—8, the Lapidus Center at the #SchomburgCenter will hold its virtual conference, Pandemic ...
09/03/2021

Save the dates! From October 6—8, the Lapidus Center at the #SchomburgCenter will hold its virtual conference, Pandemic Legacies: Health, Healing, and Medicine in the Age of Slavery and Beyond. Learn more. https://www.nypl.org/about/locations/schomburg/lapidus-center?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Save the dates! From October 6—8, the Lapidus Center at the #SchomburgCenter will hold its virtual conference, Pandemic Legacies: Health, Healing, and Medicine in the Age of Slavery and Beyond. Learn more. https://www.nypl.org/about/locations/schomburg/lapidus-center?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

NEXT THURSDAY, Sept. 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us online for Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem as we celebrate the 55th anniversar...
09/02/2021
Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem by Schomburg Center

NEXT THURSDAY, Sept. 9 at 6:30 PM: Join us online for Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem as we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Harlem Institute of Fashion. Plus, see our pop-up exhibition at the #SchomburgCenter. It's from Sept. 9 through Sept. 16. https://livestream.com/schomburgcenter/showingout?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Watch Schomburg Center's Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem on Livestream.com. Hosted during, New York Fashion Week, we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Harlem Institute of Fashion (HIF) and the the Black Fashion Museum (BFM), founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane. We will pay tribute to the institutio...

The #SchomburgCenter will open at 12 PM on Thursday, September 2.
09/02/2021
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The #SchomburgCenter will open at 12 PM on Thursday, September 2.

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TONIGHT, Sept. 2 at 6:30 PM: Join us online as Deirdre Cooper Owens, Stephanie Y. Evans, Martin Summers, and George Aumo...
09/02/2021
Black Health: Medical Racism, Resistance and Wellness (CBFS)

TONIGHT, Sept. 2 at 6:30 PM: Join us online as Deirdre Cooper Owens, Stephanie Y. Evans, Martin Summers, and George Aumoithe discuss Black healthcare, changing the disparities in communities of color, and the political economies of public hospitals. #SchomburgCenter https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-health-medical-racism-resistance-and-wellness-cbfs-registration-167125834871?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Join a conversation with four scholars whose work examines the long history of medical racism and unequal access to quality medical care.

TOMORROW, Sept. 2 at 6:30 PM: Join us online as Deirdre Cooper Owens, Stephanie Y. Evans, Martin Summers, and George Aum...
09/01/2021
Black Health: Medical Racism, Resistance and Wellness (CBFS)

TOMORROW, Sept. 2 at 6:30 PM: Join us online as Deirdre Cooper Owens, Stephanie Y. Evans, Martin Summers, and George Aumoithe discuss Black healthcare, changing the disparities in communities of color, and the political economies of public hospitals. #SchomburgCenter https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-health-medical-racism-resistance-and-wellness-cbfs-registration-167125834871?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Join a conversation with four scholars whose work examines the long history of medical racism and unequal access to quality medical care.

Update: Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem is sold out in person. The program will be streamed live on our Livestream channe...
08/31/2021
Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem by Schomburg Center

Update: Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem is sold out in person. The program will be streamed live on our Livestream channel on Thursday, September 9 at 6:30 PM. This evening will celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Harlem Institute of Fashion and the Black Fashion Museum, founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane.

The event will also include a pop-up exhibition that runs at the #SchomburgCenter from Thursday, Sept. 9 through Thursday, September 16. No RSVP needed. #Fashion #Harlem
Photo: Beau McCall
https://livestream.com/schomburgcenter/showingout?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Watch Schomburg Center's Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem on Livestream.com. Hosted during, New York Fashion Week, we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Harlem Institute of Fashion (HIF) and the the Black Fashion Museum (BFM), founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane. We will pay tribute to the institutio...

The 2021 US Open, the only Grand Slam in the United States, starts today and runs through September 12 in Queens, New Yo...
08/30/2021
Champions for Equality On and Off the Tennis Courts

The 2021 US Open, the only Grand Slam in the United States, starts today and runs through September 12 in Queens, New York. It’s a terrific time to learn more about tennis legends #AltheaGibson and #ArthurAshe. Both are part of the tournament’s history. Both also have items in the collections at the #SchomburgCenter. #Tennis #USOpen #USOpen2021 #USOpenTennis
https://www.nypl.org/blog/2021/08/21/champions-equality-and-tennis-courts?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Inspired by the US Open to learn more about tennis champions Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe? They both have collections at the Schomburg Center. Consider making a research appointment to explore their materials.

Join the online conversation! On Thursday, September 2 at 6:30 PM, Deirdre Cooper Owens (Medical Bo***ge: Race, Gender, ...
08/29/2021
Black Health: Medical Racism, Resistance and Wellness (CBFS)

Join the online conversation! On Thursday, September 2 at 6:30 PM, Deirdre Cooper Owens (Medical Bo***ge: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology), Stephanie Y. Evans (Black Women's Yoga History: Memoirs of Inner Peace), Martin Summers (Madness in the City of Magnificent Intentions: A History of Race and Mental Illness in the Nation's Capital), and George Aumoithe, assistant professor of global health at Stony Brook University, discuss Black healthcare, changing the disparities in communities of color, and the political economies of public hospitals.
#schomburgcenter
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-health-medical-racism-resistance-and-wellness-cbfs-registration-167125834871?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Join a conversation with four scholars whose work examines the long history of medical racism and unequal access to quality medical care.

A junior tap dancing class in Harlem in 1958. This picture is from the Austin Hansen Collection in our Photographs and P...
08/29/2021
Junior tap dancing class in Harlem dance studio

A junior tap dancing class in Harlem in 1958.

This picture is from the Austin Hansen Collection in our Photographs and Prints Division, which documented the people, places, and events in Harlem from approximately the 1930s to the late 1980s. Other images Hansen captured include The Savoy Ballroom, a view of 125th Street in the 1940s, plus pictures of Martin Luther King Jr., activist Ella Baker, Josephine Baker, comedian “Pigmeat” Markham, actor Jim Kelly. #SchomburgCenter
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One of hundreds of thousands of free digital items from The New York Public Library.

Join the online conversation! On Thursday, September 2 at 6:30 PM, Deirdre Cooper Owens (Medical Bo***ge: Race, Gender, ...
08/27/2021
Black Health: Medical Racism, Resistance and Wellness (CBFS)

Join the online conversation! On Thursday, September 2 at 6:30 PM, Deirdre Cooper Owens (Medical Bo***ge: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology), Stephanie Y. Evans (Black Women's Yoga History: Memoirs of Inner Peace), Martin Summers (Madness in the City of Magnificent Intentions: A History of Race and Mental Illness in the Nation's Capital), and George Aumoithe, assistant professor of global health at Stony Brook University, discuss Black healthcare, changing the disparities in communities of color, and the political economies of public hospitals.
#schomburgcenter
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-health-medical-racism-resistance-and-wellness-cbfs-registration-167125834871?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Join a conversation with four scholars whose work examines the long history of medical racism and unequal access to quality medical care.

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. ~ Althea Gibson#HappyHeavenlyBirthday to tennis champion A...
08/25/2021
Tennis player Althea Gibson

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. ~ Althea Gibson

#HappyHeavenlyBirthday to tennis champion Althea Gibson. She was born #onthisday in 1927.

Gibson made history as the first Black person to win a Grand Slam title. She won at Roland-Garros, the French Open, in 1956. #SchomburgCenter

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One of hundreds of thousands of free digital items from The New York Public Library.

Deirdre Cooper Owens (Medical Bo***ge: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology), Stephanie Y. Evans (Black ...
08/22/2021
Black Health: Medical Racism, Resistance and Wellness (CBFS)

Deirdre Cooper Owens (Medical Bo***ge: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology), Stephanie Y. Evans (Black Women's Yoga History: Memoirs of Inner Peace), Martin Summers (Madness in the City of Magnificent Intentions: A History of Race and Mental Illness in the Nation's Capital), and George Aumoithe, assistant professor of global health at Stony Brook University, discuss Black healthcare, changing the disparities in communities of color, and the political economies of public hospitals.

Join a conversation with four scholars whose work examines the long history of medical racism and unequal access to quality medical care.

Looking for ideas on collections to explore in person? Here are some music-inspired materials from our five divisions an...
08/22/2021

Looking for ideas on collections to explore in person? Here are some music-inspired materials from our five divisions and exhibitions to consider. #SchomburgCenter https://www.nypl.org/blog/2021/07/27/schomburg-summer-music-mash?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Looking for ideas on collections to explore in person? Here are some music-inspired materials from our five divisions and exhibitions to consider. #SchomburgCenter https://www.nypl.org/blog/2021/07/27/schomburg-summer-music-mash?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Congratulations to the finalists for this year’s Harriet Tubman Prize: Erika Denise Edwards, associate professor of hist...
08/19/2021

Congratulations to the finalists for this year’s Harriet Tubman Prize: Erika Denise Edwards, associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Vincent Brown, professor of history at Harvard University; and Christine Walker, assistant professor of history at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

The prize, awarded annually by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the #SchomburgCenter, will go to one of the following books: Edwards's Hiding in Plain Sight: Black Women, the Law, and the Making of a White Argentine Republic; Brown’s Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War; or Walker’s Jamaica Ladies: Female Slaveholders and the Creation of Britain's Atlantic Empire.

These titles were considered by the judges to be the best nonfiction books published in the U.S. on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World in the last year. The winner will be announced in November.
https://www.lapiduscenter.org/finalists-for-the-2021-harriet-tubman-prize?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Congratulations to the finalists for this year’s Harriet Tubman Prize: Erika Denise Edwards, associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Vincent Brown, professor of history at Harvard University; and Christine Walker, assistant professor of history at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

The prize, awarded annually by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the #SchomburgCenter, will go to one of the following books: Edwards's Hiding in Plain Sight: Black Women, the Law, and the Making of a White Argentine Republic; Brown’s Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War; or Walker’s Jamaica Ladies: Female Slaveholders and the Creation of Britain's Atlantic Empire.

These titles were considered by the judges to be the best nonfiction books published in the U.S. on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World in the last year. The winner will be announced in November.
https://www.lapiduscenter.org/finalists-for-the-2021-harriet-tubman-prize?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

#FYI: Figure Skating in Harlem, a nonprofit utilizing education and figure skating to promote leadership and academic ex...
08/17/2021
Home - Figure Skating in Harlem

#FYI: Figure Skating in Harlem, a nonprofit utilizing education and figure skating to promote leadership and academic excellence, is enrolling students ages 6–18 in their fall program. Learn more. #SchomburgCenter #FigureSkating https://figureskatinginharlem.org?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
Figure Skating in Harlem

Teen Vogue “We can be Black ice queens.” Figure Skating In Harlem is creating space for skaters of color on and off the ice. Read Article CBS This Morning Feature FSH empowers young girls in underserved communities “Figure Skating in Harlem is the only organization to bridge education and figu...

As the community enjoys the 47th annual Harlem Week (Aug. 6-15), explore our collections, exhibitions, and research guid...
08/15/2021
Celebrate Harlem!

As the community enjoys the 47th annual Harlem Week (Aug. 6-15), explore our collections, exhibitions, and research guide, which highlight the history, artists, leaders, and events that have shaped Harlem and influenced the world. https://www.nypl.org/blog/2021/07/29/celebrate-harlem-schomburg?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social #SchomburgCenter

Explore Schomburg Center collections and exhibitions which highlight the history, artists, leaders and events that have shaped Harlem and influenced the world.

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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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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. 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