Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Travelling Librarian: Schomburg Centre for Black Cultural Studies

The final stop on my visit was to the Schomburg Centre for Black Cultural Studies, a New York Public Library Research Library, which collects, preserves and makes available material on peoples of African descent. For over 80 years the Center has been an important focus for collecting within the United States, and its collections include materials from Africa and the Caribbean.

Some particular archive collections of interest include collections relating to US organisations opposing the South African apartheid system, and archives of the American West Indian Ladies Aid Society, the Bermuda Benevolent Association, the British Virgin Islands Benevolent Association, George Padmore letters, Claude McKay letters and manuscripts, and a collection of letters written by C.L.R. James to his former wife and political associate, Constance Webb.

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