Collections in Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Belafonte, Harry, 1927-
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186084
32.16 linear feet (82 boxes, 9 oversize folders, 1 tube)
Harry Belafonte (1927-) is a Jamaican-American musician, actor, and activist best known for popularizing calypso music with international audiences, and his involvement in the American Civil Rights movement. His photographs, dating from 1925 to... more
Club Cubano Inter-Americano
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Club Cubano Inter-Americano Collection
1047 items (2.6 cu. ft., 12 boxes). 168 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 771 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 13 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 28 x 36 cm. and smaller. 61 photographic prints : col ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 34 photocopies : b&w ; 22 x 28 cm
Club Cubano Inter-Americano, Inc. was established in 1945 by Cuban residents in New York City who saw the need for a cultural and social club for Cubans and other Latinos living there. The club started during the 1945 centennial birthday... more
DeLarverié, Stormé, 1920-2014
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186079
1.67 linear feet (4 boxes)
The Stormé DeLarverié photographs document DeLarverié's long career as a singer and gay rights activist from the 1950s until her death in 2014. The collection contains personal and professional photographs, including candid pictures of DeLarverié... more
Fab 5 Freddy, 1959-
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186081
8.42 linear feet (21 boxes); 361.78 kilobytes (1 computer file)
Fab 5 Freddy is an African American director, TV host, graffiti artist, and a key personality in the history of hip-hop culture. The Fab 5 Freddy photographs highlight both his professional and personal lives, including images taken... more
Hansen, Austin, 1910-1996
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Austin Hansen Collection
ca. 530,484 items (124.2 linear feet, 262 boxes). ca. 21,679 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w, some hand-colored ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. ca. 3038 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 18 x 13 cm. and smaller. ca. 460 photographic prints : col ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. ca. 4514 photographic prints : col ; 13 x 10 cm. and smaller. ca. 529 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w, some hand-colored ; 36 x 28 cm. and smaller. ca. 225 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w, some hand-colored ; 52 x 42 cm. and smaller. ca. 39 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 34 x 66 cm. and smaller. ca. 500,000 negatives : b&w, some col ; 10 x 13 cm. and smaller
The Austin Hansen Collection primarily documents the people, places, and events in Harlem during the period from approximately the 1930s to the late 1980s. The Navy photography, produced when Hansen served on Manus Island in the South Pacific... more
Herskovits, Melville J. (Melville Jean), 1895-1963
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits Collection
ca. 2217 items (6.5 linear feet, 15 boxes). 652 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 30 x 38 cm. and smaller. 960 photographic prints : b&w and col ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 20 photographic prints : albumen ; 10 x 13 cm. and smaller. 480 negatives : b&w and col ; 9 x 11 cm. and smaller. 7 x 9 cm, 102 slides (7 x 9 cm). 3 photomechanical prints : b&w ; 19 x 13 cm. and smaller
Melville J. Herskovits, anthropologist and Africanist, was the founder of the first African Studies Program in the United States established at Northwestern University in 1948. Frances S. Herskovits, who taught African Literature, was also a close... more
International Labor Defense
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo International Labor Defense Collection
2281 items (4.3 cu. ft., 19 boxes). 1 stat : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm. 6 photonegatives : b&w ; 13 x 10 cm. 1 photomechanical print : col ; 10 x 14 cm. 52 photomechanical prints : b&w ; 36 x 29 cm. or smaller. 2221 photoprints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 28 x 36 cm. or smaller
Established by the Communist party of the United States of America as its legal defense arm in 1925 to aid labor, political prisoners, and victims of reactionary violence. Using mass demonstrations and publicity, the International Labor Defense... more
M. Smith (New York, N.Y.)
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Morgan and Marvin Smith Collection
<2387> items (4.4 cubic ft., 20 boxes). <1032> photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. <712> photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. <26> photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 36 x 29 cm. and smaller. <1> photographic print : col ; 26 x 21 cm. <575> negatives : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm. and smaller. <41> transparencies : col ; 18 x 13 cm. and smaller
The collection primarily documents people, places and events in Harlem from the early 1930s to the mid-1950s. The collection consists of studio and candid portraits of mainly African American personalities, Harlem residents, and fashion models;... more
Negro Ensemble Company
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Negro Ensemble Company Collection
919 items (3.0 linear feet, 3 boxes). 1 photographic print : silver gelatin, b&w ; 28 x 36 cm. 260 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 136 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 2 photographic prints : col ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 24 photographic prints : col ; 13 x 9 cm. and smaller. 10 photographic prints : col ; 9 x 13 cm. and smaller. 45 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 371 slides : col ; 7 x7 cm. 41 negatives : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm. 1 photomechanical print : halftone, b&w ; 32 x 28 cm
The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) Photograph Collection depicts some of the Company's activities from 1967 through 1992. The collection consists of production scenes; individual and group portraits of actors, playwrights, and other theatrical... more
New York Jazz Museum
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo New York Jazz Museum
4290 items (18.3 linear feet, 34 boxes). 3992 photographic prints : b&w and col ; 28 x 43 cm. and smaller. 82 photomechanical prints : b&w ; 39 x 27 cm. and smaller. 16 slides : col ; 5 x 5 cm. ca. 200 negatives : b&w ; 8 x 13 cm. and smaller
The New York Jazz Museum was founded in 1972 to preserve the history of jazz and to educate the public about jazz. The Museum closed its doors in June 1977 after a series of financial difficulties. The New York Jazz Museum Photograph Collection... more
Reddick, Lawrence Dunbar, 1910-1995
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 532782
5.04 linear feet (13 boxes)
Lawrence Dunbar Reddick (March 3, 1910 – August 2, 1995) was a professor, historian, biographer of Martin Luther King, Jr., and former curator of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Collection. Reddick was a scholar in the field of African... more
Schuyler family
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Schuyler Family Collection
5127 items (4.7 cubic ft., 20 boxes). 1031 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w, some hand-col ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 867 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 870 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 9 x 9 cm. and smaller. 13 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 28 x 52 cm. and smaller. 179 photographic prints : col ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 194 photographic postcards : b&w ; 15 x 11 cm. and smaller. 30 polaroid photographic prints : b&w, some col ; 9 x 13 cm. and smaller. 28 halftone photomechanical prints : b&w, some col ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 10 postcards : b&w, some col ; 9 x 14 cm. 8 x 5 cm, 1 tintype (8 x 5 cm). 109 slides : col ; 5 x 5 cm. 13 x 18 cm. and smaller, 19 color transparencies (13 x 18 cm. and smaller). 1 map : line illustration ; 24 x 30 cm. 1 pencil sketch : b&w ; 27 x 23 cm. 1 photostat : col ; 13 x 18 cm. 485 negatives : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 1133 negatives : b&w ; 7 x 7 cm. and smaller. 155 negatives : col ; 7 x 7 cm. and smaller
George Samuel Schuyler (1895-1977) was an African-American journalist and author. Josephine Cogdell Schuyler (ca. 1900-1969), the daughter of a wealthy white Texas family, was an artist and writer who managed Philippa Schuyler's musical career.... more
Watson, Barbara Mae, 1918-1983
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186089
3.42 linear feet (9 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Barbara Mae Watson (1918-1983) was a lawyer, United States diplomat, and the first female and the first Black Assistant Secretary of State, serving under Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter. Watson also co-founded one of the first Black... more
Westerman, George W.
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186080
6.92 linear feet (15 boxes, 2 tubes)
George Washington Westerman (1910-1988) was a West Indian Panamanian journalist, sociologist, and diplomat. This collection includes the photographic materials separated from the George Westerman papers collection, consisting of photographs,... more
X, Malcolm, 1925-1965
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo The Malcolm X Collection
6.12 linear feet (23 boxes). 2168 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 127 photographic prints : color ; 13 x 18 cm. and smaller. 799 photographic slides : color ; 5 x 5 cm.. 692 photographs : negative
Chronology originally published in finding aid for the Malcolm X Collection: Papers, by Andre Elizee et al., 2004 The collection (1950s to mid-1960s) consists of personal photographs of Malcolm X and family, documents many of Malcolm X's... more
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186032
0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Schomburg Daguerreotype collection dates from the 1840s to 1850s, and consists of seventeen daguerreotypes which depict individuals, most of whom are Black, in a posed portrait style.
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo National Youth Administration
442 items (1.4 cubic ft., 6 boxes). 1 photographic print : gelatin silver, b&w ; 51 x 39 cm. 33 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 36 x 28 cm. 196 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 210 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 18 x 16 cm. and smaller. 36 x 28cm., 37 p, 1 book: b&w (36 x 28cm., 37 p). 13 x 20 cm., 9 p, 1 album: b&w (13 x 20 cm., 9 p)
The National Youth Administration (NYA) was a government sponsored youth training and employment program from 1935 to 1943. The collection consists of images of primarily African American youths engaged in NYA activities including employment and... more
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186133
0.76 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Schomburg Tintype collection dates from the 1850s through the 1870s, and consists of sixteen tintypes. The portraits depict primarily Black families, couples, and individuals, posed in a portrait style, photographs taken by Black... more
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186132
0.76 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Schomburg Ambrotype collection dates from the 1850s through the 1860s, and consists of fifteen ambrotypes. The portraits depict Black families, couples, and individuals, posed in a portrait style.
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Military
3531 items (9.9 linear feet, 39 boxes). 2900 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 237 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 18 x 13 cm. and smaller. 181 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 13 x 11 cm. and smaller. 18 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 36 x 28 cm. and smaller. 104 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 16 x 8 cm. and smaller. 3 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 46 x 23 cm. and smaller. 23 photographic prints : col ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 24 photomechanical prints : b&w, some col., some hand-col ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 40 photomechanical prints : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm. and smaller. 1 photomechanical print : b&w ; 36 x 28 cm
The Military collection documents primarily the military activities of African Americans in the United States armed forces, dating from the American Revolution to the mid-1980s. The collection, which depicts mostly the wartime activities of the... more
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Organizations
1769 items (4.4 linear feet, 18 boxes). 1658 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 19 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 36 x 28 cm. and smaller. 63 photographic prints : col ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 38 x 32 cm. and smaller, 32 photomechanical prints (38 x 32 cm. and smaller). 1 photographic postcard : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm
The Organzations collection depicts primarly African American civic, social, fraternal, professional, civil rights, and other organizations, dating from the late 1890s to the mid-1980s. The collection, which is strongest in its representation of... more
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Street Scenes
1.2 linear feet (5 boxes). 257 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller.. 19 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 41 x 51 cm. and smaller.. 1 photographic_print : col. ; 21 x 26 cm.. 9 photographs : stats, b&w ; 16 x 23 cm. and smaller.
The street scenes collection, compiled by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, consists primarily of photographs of streets in west and central Harlem, New York City, from the late 1800s to the 1970s.
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Art and Artists
1287 items (20 boxes, 3.9 linear feet). 543 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 427 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 141 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 18 x 13 cm. and smaller. 21 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 49 x 32 cm. and smaller. 21 photographic prints : col ; 36 x 28 cm. and smaller. 29 photographic prints : col ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 70 stats : b&w ; 31 x 26 cm. and smaller. 11 photomechanical prints : b&w, one col ; 22 x 31 cm. and smaller. 9 photographic postcards : b&w, silver gelatin ; 15 x 11 cm. and smaller. 6 postcards : b&w and col ; 15 x 11 cm. and smaller. 2 instant camera photographs : b&w and col ; 11 x 9 cm. 4 slides : col ; 5 x 5 cm. 3 transparencies : col ; 13 x 18 cm. and smaller
Collection consists mainly of photographic and some photomechanical reproductions of American fine art and other visual artwork, created by or depicting peoples of African descent, from the 19th and 20th centuries. Also depicted are candid shots... more
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Sports
1204 items (8 boxes, 1.8 linear feet). 432 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 546 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 105 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 19 x 13 cm. and smaller. 78 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 13 x 19 cm. and smaller. 5 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 33 x 23 cm. and smaller. 6 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 28 x 36 cm. and smaller. 6 photographic prints : col ; 28 x 36 cm. and smaller. 8 photographic prints : col ; 36 x 28 cm. and smaller. 3 photomechanical prints : halftone, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 11 photomechanical prints : halftone, col., some b&w ; 22 x 28 cm. and smaller. 3 photographic postcards : silver gelatin, b&w ; 9 x 14 cm
The Sports collection depicts some aspects of African-American participation in sporting events and athletic competition, mainly from the 1940s to the mid-1980s. Sports represented in the collection consist of: baseball, basketball, body... more
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Occupations
993 items (2.3 cubic ft., 13 boxes). 21 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 36 x 26 cm. and smaller. 781 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 75 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 18 x 26 cm. and smaller. 86 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 13 x 18 cm. and smaller. 21 photomechanical prints : b&w ; 36 x 26 cm. and smaller. 3 photographic prints : col ; 26 x 21 cm. 2 postcards : col ; 14 x 9 cm. 4 commemorative prints : col ; 10 x 17 cm
Collection depicts African Americans engaged in a variety of occupations and date from the 1900s to the 1990s with the bulk of the images being from the 1930s to the 1950s. Images capture blue-collar and white-collar workers performing their... more
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Slavery
691 items (1.87 cu. ft., 6 boxes). 254 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 274 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 48 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 50 x 31 cm. and smaller. 3 photographic prints : col ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 72 photomechanical prints : b&w, some halftone ; 36 x 28 cm. and smaller. 38 stats : b&w ; 34 x 22 cm. and smaller. 2 engravings : b&w ; 28 x 22 cm
The collection depicts the enslavement of persons of African descent, primarily in the United States, from the early 1800s to the mid-1860s. The collection consists mainly of photographic reproductions of illustrations, paintings, photographs,... more