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By Any Means Necessary: Documenting Black Protest in the Schomburg Center: Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division & NYPL

This research guide highlights collections that document slave revolts and other forms of protest led by the Black community.

Jean Blackwell Hudson Research and Reference Division & NYPL

The Schomburg Center and the New York Public Library offerers a wide variety of resources that document people of African descent in protest across the research libraries including research guides, databases, books, zines, and more. To find additional resources, check the NYPL catalog, or the NYPL Archives Portal.

Periodicals & Serials

The New York Public Library provides access to a variety of both historical and contemporary Newspapers and Periodicals. The full list can be located on our website.

Online Resources:

Print Resources


Collections and Documents on Microfilm

Microfilm readers allow researchers to view select archival materials on a computer screen. 

Schomburg Center Scrapbooks on Microfilm

The Schomburg Center Scrapbooks are a collection of 296 volumes assembled by library staff between the 1920s and 1960s, to supplement the collection of Black history. The scrapbooks are organized by topic and consist primarily of newspaper clippings, unless otherwise noted.

Books on Slave Revolts

Books on Civil Rights Protests

Books on Black Power Protests

Books on LGBTQ+ Protest

Contemporary Books on Black Protest

Books on Black International Protest

NYPL Reading Lists & Research Guides

        Reading Lists

           Black Liberation Reading List for Adults

           Black Liberation Reading List for Teens

           Black Liberation Reading List for Kids


        Research Guides

            Black Feminism Introductory Research Guide

            Black Power Exhibition Resource Guide

            Exploring Black LGBTQ Studies in the Schomburg Center's Archive

            Nelson Mandela Resource Guide


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, The New York Public Library. "A Tuskegee student." New York Public Library Digital Collections.