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.