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“Incredible part of American history”

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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Owner description: National research library dedicated to documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.
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“Incredible part of American history”
Reviewed 23 February 2013 via mobile

I just finished the third day of a research visit to the manuscript and rare book division. My last trip here was in July and it is just an amazing facility. They house the papers of so many important writers and provide a service to the public that is invaluable. But the staff there is just fantastic. They were responsive and helpful and really made both trips so enjoyable. I havent done it yet, but i will be getting a membership to support this treasure.

Thank Mimora
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 June 2012 via mobile

The Obama photo exhibit was excellent...can't believe I caught it by accident on the second to last day :)

Thank Michiel K
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Norman, Oklahoma
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“A FREE and Great Find in Harlem”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

Saw a photo display on Malcolm X and President Obama's frist 2 years in office. Nice place and it's free....

Visited February 2012
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Oakland, California
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“Legacy of an Afro-Boricua”
Reviewed 19 December 2011

I was in the fifth grade, attending P.S. 175-Manhattan in my new neighborhood Harlem, New York City when I first came in contact with the old Schomburg Collection located on 135th Street in Harlem. I am so impressed with how this library has grown to what it is today in it's new location on Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem.

Arturo Alfonso loaned objects from his personal library to the New York Public Library until his total collection of 10,000 items was purchased by the Library with the assistance of the Carnegie Corporation. Today, at the current site of the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture, there are more than 5,000,000 items such as artifacts, recordings, manuscripts, motion picture films, newspapers, periodicals, photographs, prints, recorded music discs and sheet music. In addition, there is an 11,000 item digital library that can be accessed world wide by computer where you can browse more than 11,000 relating to African the African continent and the African Diaspora going all the way back to the 17th century.

Visited February 2011
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