Research Guides

Africana Studies

MaRLI-Manhattan Research Library Initiative

This research initiative allows select researchers access and circulation privileges at Columbia University, NYU, and NYPL research libraries. To be eligible you must have a NYPL library card and demonstrate research need. Further information about MaRLI and the application process can be found on the NYPL website

NYC Area Libraries

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, one of The New York Public Library’s three research libraries, is a world-leading cultural institution devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.

Center for Brooklyn History - Finding Aid

This guide is intended as an aid to researchers interested in archival material at the Center for Brooklyn History (CBH) that relates broadly to Black history in Brooklyn, including the history of slavery; abolitionism, social justice, and civil rights movements; free Black communities such as Weeksville; cultural celebrations representative of the wider African diaspora, including the West Indian Day Parade; and more. Materials range from colonial settlement through the Civil War, to post-Civil War through the 20th century. Most materials concern the four Long Island counties (Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk), but other New York areas are represented, as are other states. 

Brooklyn Public Library - African American Heritage Center

There is a general reference collection consisting of books and periodicals, all with special emphasis on black culture. These specific works depict African American and Black diaspora, and the African American Heritage center houses two special collections. The Preserving Footsteps Collections and the Taneya Gethers-Muhammad children’s book collection.

Subject Guide

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Elvis Bakaitis
Mina Rees Library
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016