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

Angelou, Maya
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186210
3.0 linear feet (10 boxes). 10.4 megabytes (5 computer files)
The Maya Angelou photographs, dating from the 1920s to 2009, document the life and legacy of Maya Angelou (1928-2014), poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, dancer, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. The... more
Association of Black Women in Higher Education
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Association of Black Women in Higher Education Collection
0.42 linear feet (1 box)
The Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE) is an organization dedicated to promoting the intellectual growth and educational development of Black women in higher education. The photographs, dated 1986 to 1994, document the... more
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
3.0 linear feet (12 boxes)
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
Crouch, Stanley
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186200
1.05 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Stanley Crouch (1945-2020) was a Black American music and cultural critic, syndicated columnist, and biographer. Crouch's photographs date from 1928 to 2012 (bulk dates 1940s-2012) and contain prints, negatives, and slides that primarily depict... more
Cumbo, Clarissa W.
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186088
1.79 linear feet (5 boxes)
Marion and Clarissa Cumbo were a Black married couple based in New York City who worked as musicians and arts fundraisers. The collection, dated from the 1890s to the 1980s, contains photographs depicting the Cumbos' music careers, their work with... more
Davis, Ossie
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Collection
4.62 linear feet (12 boxes)
Ossie Davis (1917-2005) and Ruby Dee (1922-2014) were American actors, writers, and activists whose careers spanned the mediums of theater, film, television, radio, and print. The Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee photographs, dating from the 1940s to... more
DeLarverié, Stormé, 1920-2014
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186079
1.8 linear feet (5 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
Feelings, Tom
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Tom Feelings Collection
2.33 linear feet (6 boxes)
Tom Feelings (1933-2003) was an American children's book illustrator and author, cartoonist, teacher, and activist who sought to educate people of color through his artwork, books, and lectures. The Tom Feelings photographs largely chronicle... more
Gunn, Bill, 1934-1989
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186090
1.75 linear feet (5 boxes)
Bill Gunn (1934-1989) was a Black writer, actor, and director. The Bill Gunn photographs collection primarily contains pictures of his family, from the 1880s through 1989, as well as some photos related to his career. Bill Gunn's mother, Louise... more
Hansen, Austin, 1910-1996
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Austin Hansen Collection
124.2 linear feet (262 boxes, ca. 530,484 items). 21,679 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w, some hand-colored ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 3,038 photographic slides : silver gelatin, b&w ; 18 x 13 cm. and smaller. 460 photographic prints : col ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 4514 photographic prints : col ; 13 x 10 cm. and smaller. 529 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w, some hand-colored ; 36 x 28 cm. and smaller. 225 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w, some hand-colored ; 52 x 42 cm. and smaller. 39 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 34 x 66 cm. and smaller. approximately 500,000 photographic prints : negatives, b&w and some color
The Austin Hansen photograph collection primarily documents the people, places, and events in Harlem during the period from approximately the 1930s to the late 1980s.
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
6.5 linear feet (15 boxes)
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
Hutson, Jean Blackwell, 1914-1998
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Jean Blackwell Hutson Collection
3.0 linear feet (10 boxes)
The Jean Blackwell Hutson photographs, dated 1890s to 1990s, were compiled by Jean Blackwell Hutson (1914-1998), a librarian who served as curator of the Schomburg Collection from 1948 to 1972, then chief of the Schomburg Center for Research in... more
International Labor Defense
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo International Labor Defense Collection
4.75 linear feet (19 boxes)
Collection consists of photographs, photomechanical prints, and negatives, many from news services such as International News Photos, collected by the International Labor Defense (ILD), documenting not only the labor and civil rights causes in... more
Jeannette, Gertrude, 1914-
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186198
9.29 linear feet (21 boxes)
Gertrude Hadley Jeannette (1914-2018) was a Black actor, playwright, director, and theatre producer. She began writing plays in 1950 and founded the Harlem-based HADLEY Players company in 1979. The collection dates from 1928 to 2018, and depicts... more
Kelly, Patrick, 1954-1990
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Patrick Kelly Collection
5.25 linear feet (13 boxes)
Patrick Kelly (1954-1990) was a Black American fashion designer who primarily worked in France. The Patrick Kelly photographs consist of slides, color photographs, negatives, contact sheets, promotional photographs, autographed photographs, and... 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
McLaurin, Benjamin F., 1906-1989
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186261
2.79 linear feet (6 boxes)
Benjamin F. McLaurin (1906-1989) was a Black labor leader and civic worker who held leadership positions within the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) during the 1920s and 1930s. He worked with A. Philip Randolph throughout the Civil... 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
Oliver, Elizabeth Murphy
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186268
6.92 linear feet (17 boxes)
Elizabeth Murphy Oliver was a Black American journalist and author best known for her work with the Baltimore-based newspaper, The Afro-American. The Elizabeth Murphy Oliver photographs date from 1903 to 1997 and cover... more
Redd, Everett
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186201
1.46 linear feet (4 boxes)
Everett Redd (1924-2006) was a Black motorcycle enthusiast and member of the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club. The photographs in this collection contain images of Redd's life, particularly his membership in motorcycle clubs in Los Angeles, California.... 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
Saunders, Richard, 1922-1987 (Photographer)
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 186130
7.58 linear feet (21 boxes)
Richard Saunders (1922-1987) was a Black photojournalist, who primarily covered Black communities in the United States, and later Africa and the Middle East. Most of the collection is from Saunders' time as a lead photographer for the United... more
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Sc Photo Schomburg Center Collection
6.25 linear feet (25 boxes)
The Schomburg Center photograph collection documents the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture from its beginnings in 1925 to the early 2000s, through depictions of events, exhibitions, and notable individuals.
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)
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
Wilcox, Preston, 1923-2006
Photographs and Prints Division. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | SCP 533045
1.38 linear feet (4 boxes)
Preston Wilcox (1923-2006) was a Black educator, sociologist, and community organizer. Wilcox was at the forefront of the community control movement in the mid-1960s, and founded AFRAM Associates, a public service agency in Harlem, in 1968. The... more
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