The Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division provides access to books, journal, newspapers, microforms and more containing information by and about people of African descent throughout the world, concentrating on the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts. Geographically, the collection emphasizes the Americas, the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan African. Its holdings of over 300,000 bound volumes, 25,000 microfilms and microfiches, 750 maps, and 570 newspaper titles date from the late 19th century to the present and are growing continuously. English is the predominant language of the division's holdings, supplemented by works in French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, and other European languages, and 200 African languages and dialects.
Many collection items from the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division have been digitized and are now available by accessing the NYPL Digital Collections, for example the 1950s African American guidebook, Travelguide. Take a look at other available items by visiting our Digital Collections Page!