The Man Who Built A Library

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Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked. Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg's collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017
Edition: First edition, Reinforced trade edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780763680466
Branch Call Number: 92 Sch649w 2017 CHILD
Characteristics: 45 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm


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Mar 04, 2019

A unique contribution to history, I was fully delighted to learn about this very special collector and his contribution to libraries. I am so glad he chose to look high and low, over land and sea, for the other side of the story. What began with a single person grew into one of the most important library collections, preserved for many generations to come.


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