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African American Women Writers of the 19th Century: Art and Artifacts Division

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century guide includes a digital collection of published works by 19th-century black women writers, biographies for each author, citations and much more

Art and Artifacts Division

The Art and Artifacts Division collects, documents, preserves, and interprets art and artifacts by and about peoples of African heritage throughout the world. Fine and applied art and material culture objects from the seventeenth century to the present are collected, with emphasis on the visual arts of the twentieth century in the United States and Africa.

Art and Artifacts' Collections

These items are  from the division's Works on paper,  Poster (sub-collections- Black authors and poetsNotable blacks, and Schomburg Events), and Sculptor collections. Please contact the division directly for more information.

Posters (title; accession number: sub-collection, size) 

  • Sojourner Truth; PO.X.875; Notable Blacks; 24.75 x 17.75;
  • Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) and Sojourner Truth (1797-1883); NN, Notable Blacks; 14 x 17;
  • Black Heritage from the Schomburg Collection (image of Phillis Wheatley); PO.X.1236; Schomburg Events; 22.5x15.5 
  • Phillis Wheatley, a bicentennial exhibition; PO.X.853;  Black Authors and Poets; 23 x 14.5                                                     

Sculptors (title, creator, date, accession number, medium, and size)

  • Sojourner Truth I, Hardison, Inge, 1968, SC.98.003, Bronze, 22.5 x 10 x 5
  • Sojourner Truth II,  Hardison, Inge, 1975, SC.87.005,  Alvastone Plaster, 12"H
  • Phillis Wheatley, Fuller, Meta Warrick, 1930, 97.002, Plaster, 8 x 6.5D

Works on paper- Drawings and Prints (title; creator; date; accession number; medium; size)

  • Phillis Wheatley; Braxton, William Earnest; DR.25.001.5, ca., 1925; Pencil on Board; 8.25 x 6.25
  • Sojourner Truth; Wilson, John;1954; PR.X.144; Offset lithograph, 19 3/4x13"
  • Phillis Wheatley; Smith, Albert Alexander; 1922; PR.113; Etching; 12.5 x 9.5

Black Heritage poster

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division, The New York Public Library. "Black Heritage from the Schomburg Collection" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1975-02-04 - 1975-03-02.