The Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture provides access to primary source materials created by and about Black people. This page will highlight collections and rare books created during the Harlem Renaissance.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, The New York Public Library. "Invincible music. The spirit of Africa" New York Public Library Digital Collections.
Some times, looking at a specific copy of a text can provide surprising and interesting insight to the life of the person who owned the book. In the case of the Schomburg Center, several of the books written and acquired during the Harlem Renaissance were given directly to Arturo Schomburg, who was well acquainted with the authors. Below are a few examples of texts that were personalized for Schomburg.
"To my dear friend, Arthur A. Schomburg, valued collaborator in this and other projects, Alain Leroy Locke. December 3, 19
"For Arthur A. Schomburg, with deep appreciation of his zeal in the interest of Negro writers and Negro books. Sincerely, Countee Cullen."
"To Arthur A. Schomburg. For my good friend and co-worker in the bringing of Negro literature to the world's attention. With sincere regards, James Weldon Johnson. Sept. 9, 1935."
"I write this after a very pleasant and profitable visit to the Schomburg Collection of Material relating to the Negro and his achievements in Literature and History. Aug. 7. 1934. Oscar Wegelin."
"For Arthur Schomburg, to whom every Negro writer is exceedingly indebted Eric Walrond. Sept. 21, 1926."