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
Photographs and Prints Division
Day Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 11 AM–5 PM
Wednesday: 3 PM–5 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–5 PM
Friday: 11 AM–5 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–5 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

About the Division

Mary McLeod Bethune, Ida B. Wells, Nannie Burroughs, and other women at Baptist Women's gathering, Chicago

The Photographs and Prints Division contains both documentary and fine art photographs, which document the history and culture of people of African descent worldwide as well as the work of photographers of African descent. The collection of over 300,000 images ranges from mid-eighteenth-century graphics to contemporary documentary and art photography. All of the major photographic processes are represented.

Image caption: Mary McLeod Bethune, Ida B. Wells, Nannie Burroughs and other women at a Baptist Women's gathering, Chicago, 1930. Photographs and Prints 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 request an onsite appointment. A staff member will review your request and contact you to confirm your appointment. An appointment request is not booked until it is confirmed by a staff member. If additional information is needed about your request, a staff member will arrange a virtual consultation. 

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?
Virtual consultations are not required, but are available for navigating our holdings and general questions about our collections. Please email if you are interested in booking a virtual consultation.

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


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