Harlem Renaissance: NYPL Visit Response (Thur section)

Discuss a primary source (newspaper clipping, playbill, photograph, poster, etc.) from the Schomburg archive that caught your attention during the tour. For the sake of this exercise, do not discuss the film.

  1. Describe the archival object in as much detail as you can recall (name, production, location, date, etc.)
  2. Explain how this object relates to the driving force of the Harlem Renaissance; that is, an artistic movement by, for, and about African Americans (while rejecting negative stereotypes and African American identity as seen through the eyes of whites).

6 thoughts on “Harlem Renaissance: NYPL Visit Response (Thur section)

  1. Alexandra Rogers

    Alexandra Rogers, D476

    An archival object that I found interesting at the Schomburg Center was a large scrapbook made by Frederick O’Neal. He was interested in documenting the artistic/theatric achievements of black people and took newspaper clippings, advertisements, flyers, et cetera and chronologically pasted them into his scrapbook from the mid 1920s to the late 1940s. This scrapbook is a product of the Harlem Renaissance in that during this time period, the first all-black castings and non-stereotypical roles were being afforded to black people. O’Neal, who sought social change and participated in the fight against racism, extensively documented these opportunities so that he could prove the artistic contributions made by black people.

  2. yasira1717

    The name is Anna Lucasta and the location is Mansfield 47th st west of b’way matinees. Wednesday and Saturday and I see a women wearing a dress. Next to the pole so serious with her face. And the poster is very old but have some color like black. And white but she is wearing high heels the color is black. With a bowtie around her legs with a black shirt.

    In the poster does show the renaissance by the artistic movement that. Is African Americans could be a artistic that they could do. What they like and help their people by the power of their. Voice and the music to also they could do protest. Next getting rejecting as a African American. Identity from the white eyes like being a African. American doesn’t matter at all because that’s what people. Are and people are happy about it but they could be. Famous to do something good in the world then. Also change their mind about it the more they fight about it with their own words.

  3. Sharofat

    Sharofat Shuhratzoda D476

    A poster of a play at Lafayette Theater by William Du Bois called “Haiti- A Drama of Black Napoleon ” was made in 1938-39. The poster featured a silhouette of a profile of an African American man wearing a hat with feathers on it, and a very simplistic blue landscape in the background. It relates to the Harlem renaissance because African American actors were no longer playing the racist and stereotypical roles, they started to have more control and freedom in their own representation and expression in the arts.

  4. Mariela Saavedra

    Mariela Saavedra D476

    What caught my attention from the Schomburg archive is when you walk into the lobby, there is a terrazzo floor public art installation. This is inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem. It has brass lines, texts, and literary signs paying ancestral tribute in the tradition of African ritual ground markings. It is a memorial in honor of Langston Hughes and Arturo A. Schomburg. Langston Hughes’s ashes are buried in the center of the terrazzo floor.

    This relates to the Harlem Renaissance because his poems were based on African and American folk forms. The Harlem Renaissance was the expression of music, literature, and poetry and what it means to be African American.

  5. Abdoalletif

    In the gallery romm, there was a photo of a little kid sitting on the wood steps. The kid is about 5-7 years old having his opened left hand on the forehead, and right arm flat on his knees. It is so pathetic to see him what he was thinking of? or what he is suffering from?

     Wearing old shoes until his toes are shown in a ripped clothes dotted with many holes. I wondered what he was feeling at that moment because he was facing down covering his head. But that is not shyness or any kind of that. A five years old would get dressed by parents, but you could tell who was th parents just from his looking. And I can’t say dirty look.

    You could see the pain of working in the farm in that hand on forehead or you could have imagined what is running in his mind at that moment. I am sure he was thinking about how to get out of the farm and breathe freedom.

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