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Guide to the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research & Reference Division: What's New?

Welcome! This guide will provide an overview of the Research & Reference Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Up Coming Events

An Evening With the Harlem Writers Guild

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division


The Harlem Writers Guild is a forum where writers of African descent have developed their craft for decades. Literary giants such as Maya Angelou, Louise Merriwether, John Oliver Killens, Rosa Guy, John Henrik Clarke, Paule Marshall and others have been affiliated with the Guild. The Guild has also had a longstanding presence at the Schomburg Center.

Learn about the history of the Guild and current members -- including Judy Andrews, Eartha Watts Hicks, Marc Polite, Angela Dews and Minnette Coleman -- will be reading from their works. A brief Q & A will follow the readings.

This event will take place in the Jean Blackwell Huston Research and Reference Division on the Court Level (lower level) of the Schomburg Center.

What's New!

New in the Digital Collection

Travelguide Now Available in Digital Collections!

Travelguide was a tourism guide for African Americans. The issues available in the JBH collection covers the late 1940s to the early 1960s. The guide covers transportation and accommodations for all fifty states and across the world, with interesting facts and tips about each location. The tagline for Travelguide was "Vacation & Recreation without Humiliation", and you will often see Black socialites gracing the covers, such as the one below. This 1951 cover showcases "the two Mrs. Robinsons" (Jackie and Elaine) - wife of baseball legend, Jackie Robinson and famed tap dancer, Bill Robinson. Take a look at the other Travelguides here!