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Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture

SCHOMBURG Center building by Jonathan Blanc NYPL.

Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem is the world’s leading cultural institution devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. One of four research libraries of The New York Public Library and seeded by the collection of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg 95 years ago, the Schomburg Center collects, preserves, and provides free access to materials documenting Black life locally, nationally, and internationally. Learn more at

Jonathan Blanc/NYPL

Schomburg Center Public Programs

Schomburg Center continues to serve the community as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration.The mission in public programs is to elevate the visibility of the archive and convene the public in meaningful conversations that thwart anti-black thinking, celebrate the brilliance of the African Diaspora, and promote historical literacy in the context of Black life. We offer a platform for new ideas and research that expand conversations about Black culture. Archival materials from the Schomburg Center’s divisions are used to enhance these presentations. This kind of integrated approach to storytelling is what makes public programs a gateway to the Schomburg Center’s rich, public archive collection of over 11 million items. Click below to watch past programs. 

Films at the Schomburg - Questlove and Shola Lynch in in conversation, seated on stage

at the Schomburg

Theater Talks

Theater Talks with David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood,  Kenny Leon, Michael D. Dinwiddie on stage
Talks at the Schomburg: The Startling Life of Pauli Murray. Patricia Bell-Scott reading at a podium

at the Schomburg

Between the Lines

Between The Lines: Water Mosley seated on stage discussing his work

Schomburg Center Literary Festival

comburg Center Lit Fest Outdoors authors signing books, books sellers, patrons under a tent
Celebrate the Great Women of Blues and Jazz 2 Terrence Jennings 6.jpg

Women's Jazz Festival

Schomburg Boundless Exhibition showing wall of cosplayers and the comic book festival founders


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