Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY 10037
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Photographs and Prints Division
Day Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 11 AM–5 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–5 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–5 PM
Friday: 11 AM–5 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
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?
Yes! We welcome you as a walk-in or by appointment. To plan your visit, view this useful guide. You can also call us at (212) 491-2057, or email us at

How do I make an advanced appointment?
To request an advanced appointment, create a Special Collections Account, click on "My Appointments → Make an Appointment," and follow the prompts.  

What else do researchers need to know about accessing the collection?
Researchers are required to have a NYPL Library Card, however you can apply for a card upon arrival. 

For additional information on conducting research in this division, please view our research guide

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