- Hager, Steven
- Call number
- Sc MG 724
- Physical description
- 2.5 linear inch (1/2 a.b.)
- Preferred Citation
- Steven Hager hip hop research collection, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Steven Hager is a journalist and the author of Hip-Hop: The Illustrated History of Rap Music, Break Dancing and Subway Graffiti (1984), the first book documenting hip-hop music and culture. He is a former reporter for the New York Daily News and former editor of High Times (1988-2003). The collection provides information on the development of hip-hop and the individuals who made its rise possible, as recorded by journalist Steven Hager. Documenting hip-hop during the early 1970's to mid- 80s, the collection covers the emergence and recognition of this then-new subculture. Included are an outline and manuscript draft, along with notes from the initial meeting with the publisher to discuss the publication of Hager's book, Hip-Hop: The Illustrated History of Rap Music, Break Dancing and Subway Graffiti. Marketing and promotional correspondence for the book, as well as articles, reviews of films and books on hip-hop are in the collection. Writings by Hager and others on hip-hop, in general and its component parts, complete the collection. The process, from the decision to publish Hager's manuscript to the marketing of the book is highlighted in the correspondence to and from the editor, Betsy Wheeler of St. Martin's Press.
Source of acquisitionGift, Elizabeth A. Wheeler, August, 1996
Using the collection
LocationSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801