The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

By: Dylan Rodgers

Located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, the Schomburg Center for Research is a national library focusing solely on the history and experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.  A research unit of The New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center is globally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind.

The Center first received international acclaim in 1926 when it showcased the personal collection of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, a Puerto Rican Black scholar and bibliophile.  Schomburg later served as the center's curator until his death in 1938.  In 1940, the center was named after Schomburg and was adopted as one of research libraries of The New York Public Library.

The Schomburg Center has over 10 million items depicting Black Culture.  These items include art, audio and video tapes, books, manuscripts motion picture films, newspapers, periodicals, photographs, prints, CDs and sheet music. The collection is so extensive it requires three buildings to house it all.

There is no doubt that The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture plays an important role in the preservation of Black history.  Allowing the public to view the past in such vivid detail also turns eyes forward in anticipation of future generations and events, because what is preservation but an attempt to communicate an identity to those still searching for it.  The Schomburg Center takes this role very seriously.

If you are interested in Black history, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is the place to be.  Visit their website for all the important information by clicking here.

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