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

515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, New York 10037

Phone: 212-491-2200

Repository URL: http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg External Link

Repository code: nnsc

Repository description (CRHP): The Moving Image and Recorded Sound (MIRS) Division documents the experiences of peoples of African descent, as they have been captured via audiovisual technology. The Division collections encompass a variety of formats including motion picture film (released prints and outtakes), video recordings, and music and most importantly the spoken arts recordings which include original cast recordings of theatre productions, historic dramatizations from radio's golden age, speeches from the modern civil rights period, and contemporary lectures and conference proceedings.

Repository description (extant): 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. For over 80 years this national research library has been devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.

The Schomburg Center consists of three connected buildings: The Schomburg Building, the Langston Hughes Building and the Landmark Building. The Schomburg collections are divided into five divisions including; Arts and Artifacts Division, General Research and Reference Division, Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division, Photographs and Prints Division, and most importantly for the CRHP the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division is central.

Repository type: Public Library

Collections:

African-American migration and southern folkways in New York City oral history project
Ella Baker papers
Civil Rights Congress records
Catherine Clarke civil rights collection
Radio scripts collection
Paul Robeson collection
Wyatt Tee Walker papers
Roberta Yancy civil rights collection
Oral history interview with Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
Community Development Corporation oral history project
An interview with Lavinia Williams
Schomburg Center oral history tape collection

 

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