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Arturo (Arthur) Schomburg Research Guide: Archival Collections

A guide to resources related to bibliophile and curator Arturo Schomburg.

This collection is available online through NYPL's Digital Collections.

Studio portrait of Arthur Alfonso Schomburg as a young child in Puerto Rico, age 4

The collections below can be viewed on microfilm in the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division of the Schomburg Center. No appointment is needed. For more information about visiting the division, see this guide

The collections below are available in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division of the Schomburg Center. Appointments are recommended. For more information about visiting the division, see this guide.

This collection is available in the Photographs and Prints Division of the Schomburg Center. For more information about the division, see here.

The items below are available in the Art and Artifacts Division of the Schomburg Center. Appointments are required. For more information about visiting the division, see here.


  • PA.35.001.2 Pastor Argudin y Pedroso, Portrait of the Curator, Arthur A. Schomburg, 1935. 
  • PA.X.038.1 Albert Alexander Smith, A.A. Schomburg, date unknown.
  • DR.25.001.8 William Earnest Braxton, Portrait of a Man (Arthur A. Schomburg), 1911.
  • DR.66.392 Richard Brent, Portrait of a Man with Polka Dot Baute (Arthur Schomburg), date unknown.
  • SC.04.002 Al Write, Arthur Schomburg, date unknown.

Listen to a letter Arturo Schomburg wrote to Langston Hughes, read by former Schomburg curator Steven Fullwood.


Watch footage of Arturo Schomburg in the 135th St. reading room with NYPL's first black librarian, Catherine Latimer, circa 1937.