On this special day of the year 1905, a great initiative came into being that deliberately changed the thoughts and lives of many African-Americans who lacked the knowledge of being an acceptable human. On July 14, 1905, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture proudly opened in Harlem, New York. It is a research library that comes under New York Public Library (NYPL) and a unique archive or repository that holds the information on people of African ethnicity all over the world. This research library is located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in Lenox Avenue, in Harlem (Neighborhood of Manhattan), New York City. From that time only, it has become one of the integral parts of the Harlem society and has benefited millions around its vicinity and beyond that.
The main resources of the Research Center are sectioned into five divisions, The Jean Blackwell Huston General Research and Reference Division, the Art and Artifacts Division, the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division, Archives and Rare Books Division and the Photographs and Prints Division. Including all these research services, this Research Center also hosts discussions, reading, theatrical events and art exhibitions. It is always open to the general public for art amusement and general research.
The Schomburg Center for Research is named after an Afro-Puerto Rican scholar Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. Schomburg was leading civil right activist and a great writer in the Renaissance of Harlem, which was called the Division of Negro Literature, Prints, and History. In 1924, he donated a huge collection of about 5,000 books, 2,000 etchings and paintings, 3,000 manuscripts and a bunch of several thousand pamphlets. All this information is already present on the website of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. Above all, he worked as curator from 1932 until he said goodbye to the world in 1938.
It is around 100 years ago since it has opened, but the amendments were done to expand Schomburg Research Center has made the place one amazing huge library. It has been extended to make space for different galleries and the Langston Auditorium, where information lectures, events, and concerts are arranged. Presently, Schomburg has more than 10,000,000 precious items that make this place a proud space for any healthy research related to Black history and many other subjects.