Print Collection

Collection History

This digital compilation was developed in support of the NYPL website, "The African American Migration Experience," a sweeping 500-year historical narrative from the transatlantic slave trade to the Western migration, the colonization movement, the Great Migration, and the contemporary immigration of Caribbeans, Haitians, and sub-Saharan Africans.

Related Resources

NYPL. "In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience."(2005) <>

Collection Data

The print collection covers works in all print mediums with a thematic and subject emphasis on blacks from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century. The collection of prints is divided into two parts. The first grouping, referred to as "Pre-Twentieth Century Prints", consists of images directly referring to slavery and its abolition in the Americas, Caribbean and Africa, the depiction of blacks, genre scenes, studies of models and objective likenesses of individuals. The second group represent prints made between the beginning of the Twentieth Century to the present. Among these are over seven hundred prints created primarily by African American artists, in addition to prints by African, Latin American, and Caribbean artists. The greater proportion of prints in this second grouping are by artists of the Works Projects Administration (WPA). Urban genre themes and descriptions of African American life dominate the work from this period. There are also several non-figurative and abstract works from the 1930s forward. This includes portfolios and works covering artistic styles and movements up to the 1960s. Pre-Twentieth Century Prints are arranged by subjects such as: portraits, slave trade, description and travel, i.e., Africa, the Caribbean and South America; Afro-American social life and customs, etc. Twentieth Century material is arranged by names of artists.
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1800 - 1990 (Approximate)
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division
Shelf locator: Sc Art
Art, Black
African American art
African American prints
Blacks in art
Art, American
Caribbean Area -- Description and travel
African Americans -- Social life and customs
Blacks -- Social life and customs
African American printmakers
Pacific Islanders
South America
Armed Forces
Performing arts
Politics and government
Postwar reconstruction
Enslaved people
Art and recreation
Physical Description
prints : lithographs, color and black &amp; white&#13; prints : etchings, color and black &amp; white&#13; prints : serigraphs,color and black &amp; white&#13; prints : block prints, color and black &amp; white&#13; prints : engravings, color and black &amp; white
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11486940
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 8122ebf0-c5f4-012f-59ef-58d385a7bc34
342 results found