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
ISBN: 9780763680466
Branch Call Number: 921 Schom
Description: 45 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Audience: Ages 9-12


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As a boy, Arturo Schomburg wonders about the missing history of people of African descent and he becomes a collector; his collection becomes the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.

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