Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research library of the New York Public Library (NYPL) and an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide. Located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue) between West 135th and 136th Streets in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, it has, almost from its inception, been an integral part of the Harlem community. It is named for Afro-Puerto Rican scholar Arturo Alfonso Schomburg.

The resources of the Center are broken up into five divisions, the Art and Artifacts Division, the Jean Blackwell Hutson General Research and Reference Division, the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division, and the Photographs and Prints Division.

In addition to research services, the center hosts readings, discussions, art exhibitions, and theatrical events. It is open to the general public.

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  • The Schomburg is bang opposite 135 St Station so easy to get to. I am soo happy that I visited it. Langton Hughes' ashes are buried on the ground floor with a mosaic of the rivers to depict his...  more »
  • This center, which is part of the NY Public Library, is a veritable goldmine for anyone interested in black history and culture. It was the starting point for a tour of Harlem I had signed up for...  more »
  • Nice place to read some interesting and unique stuff. The library was well maintained by the staff and here management was also knowledgeable and expert.The place well maintained and properly cleaned. I like this place and always wanted to visit here.
  • Great place to relax and do some research. They very strict with everything..from security entrance and even the books.
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