January 22, 2022

NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Named National Historic Landmark​

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research unit of the New York Public Library.

From the New York Public Library:

The National Park Service (NPS) today announced the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as one of 24 new National Historic Landmarks.

According to the NPS release announcing the designations, the National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes historic properties of exceptional value to the nation and promotes the preservation efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and individuals.

“The Schomburg Center’s being named a National Historic Landmark is a great honor that comes nearly 92 years to the day we opened as a collection to the public in 1925, and as we prepare to reopen our landmark building this spring,” said Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg Center. “We are delighted at this recognition of Arturo Schomburg’s vision to have the world of black culture, and black culture the world over, preserved and made accessible for study and thoughtful contemplation. This honor will ensure future generations’ awareness of and access to the Schomburg and its many treasures for centuries to come.”

“The Schomburg Center’s naming as a Historic Landmark underscores Arturo Schomburg’s commitment to preserving black history and advancing knowledge of black culture in America and worldwide,” said Tony Marx, president of the New York Public Library. “It also reflects NYPL’s promise to provide free, public access to the stories and resources that capture the global perspective of our community, right here in New York City. This is a tremendous honor for NYPL and for our community. The Schomburg is a world-class institution, and is truly an example of what a 21st century research library can be.”

Properties designated as National Historic Landmarks are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and receive assistance and support for their preservation and progmming efforts.

See Also: Direct to National Park Service Announcement
Includes list of all 24 new National Historic Landmarks.

See Also: National Historic Landmarks Research Tools (via NPS)

See Also: Dataset of Alll National Historic Landmarks (.xls File)

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