The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library announced on Wednesday that it had acquired James Baldwin’s personal archive.

The personal collection of essays, notes, scripts and more featured Baldwin’s notes and a personal incite into his work.

In a statement they wrote:

“We are more than excited to have James Baldwin return home to Harlem,” said Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg Center of the new acquisition. “Baldwin’s amazing collection adds to our ever-growing holdings of writers, political figures, artists, and cultural icons across the African diaspora. With the current resurgence of interest in Baldwin’s works and words, and renovation of our own spaces from the main gallery to the Schomburg Shop, the timing couldn’t be better for Baldwin to join us at the Schomburg Center. As a writer myself, I am eager for students, scholars and other writers—I count myself among all three—to have the opportunity to see his profound writing process up close.”


“Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, and Maya Angelou all have collections at the Schomburg Center and Baldwin was their colleague. His papers not only complement theirs, but offer researchers a fascinating look at the Civil Rights and the Black Power movements, through the works of these seminal figures,” said Steven G Fullwood, Associate Curator of the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.

And if you want to see it for yourself you have to be quick. Items from the archive will be on display from April 13th-17th (2017)!


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