Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY 10037
Fully Accessible
Closed today
Division is by appointment only.
Regular Hours
Art and Artifacts Division
Day Hours
Monday: 11 AM–5 PM
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 11 AM–5 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–5 PM
Friday: 11 AM–5 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

About the Division

Detail from the painting "Yellow Rocker" by Bernard P. Schardt, c. 1935-43.

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.

Image caption: Detail from “Yellow Rocker,” 1935–1943 (approximate). Art and Artifacts Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. Explore more in the Library's Digital Collections.

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers walk in to access the collection?
At this time, we are not offering walk-in access to our collections, but researchers can still access them by contacting and requesting an onsite appointment.

Are research appointments required to access the collection onsite?
Yes, although patrons are welcome to enter the Schomburg Center without an appointment to use our general facilities, including lobby seating, permanent exhibition items, restrooms, water fountains, and the Schomburg Shop. In addition, our exhibitions will be open to all on Fridays and Saturdays.

Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Yes. Please contact to request an onsite appointment.

Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Please email us at with any additional queries.


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