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 Black Studies on Disc 2002 Release

Published by G.K. Hall & Co.

Black Studies on Disc is made up of two components: a) The Catalog of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and b) G. K. Hall & Co.'s annual Index to Black Periodicals, published since 1988, which covers a wide range of scholarly and popular journals.

The Catalog of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is the first cumulative catalog of the Schomburg Center's holdings in electronic form. Unlike earlier editions of the Dictionary Catalog of the Schomburg Collection, it includes material in all formats - books, serials, microforms, audio and audio-visual resources, photographs, manuscript collections, art, artifacts and ephemera. The combined database of almost 198,000 records provides bibliographic access to over 50% of the more than 5 million items in the Center's collections. Monographs, sound recordings, and microforms are cataloged at the item level. Manuscripts, photographs, art works and other special collection materials, on the other hand, are cataloged at the collection or folder level. Topical subject headings and key words provide access to related materials irrespective of format.

The database includes information by and about people of African descent worldwide. Concentrating on the humanities, the social sciences and the arts, its geographic scope emphasizes the Americas, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Items date from the 8th Century A.D., but are strongest for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. English is the predominant language, supplemented by materials in French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Dutch, Russian and other European languages. Works in over 200 indigenous African languages and creole dialects, as well as translations of materials in Asian languages, are also included.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research unit of The New York Public Library. Established in 1925 as a non-circulating reference collection in this Library's 135th Street branch, it has evolved into a state-of-the-art research center. A national research library, it is widely recognized as one of the foremost repositories in the world devoted to acquiring, preserving, providing access to and interpreting research resources which document the histories and cultures of people of African descent worldwide.

The Schomburg Center's collections of print, visual, audio-visual, manuscript and artifactual materials number in excess of five million items. They are organized by format into five research divisions: the General Research and Reference Division, the Art and Artifacts Division, the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division, and the Photographs and Prints Division. This disc provides electronic bibliographic access to a significant portion of the Schomburg Center's vast and diverse holdings of print and non-print materials.

The first efforts to publish a record of the holdings of the Schomburg Center appeared in the December, 1925 issue of the Bulletin of The New York Public Library, Branch Library Book News. The February, 1930 issue of the Branch Library Book News carried an annotated bibliography of works, by or about blacks, the majority of which were published during the first three decades of the twentieth century.

The first published catalog of the holdings of the Schomburg Center ( named the "Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints" (1925), the "Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature, History and Prints" (1940 after A. A. Schomburg's death), and the "Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and History" until 1972) appeared in 1942 with the publication of the Calendar of the Manuscripts in the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature (New York, 1942). Prepared and published by the WPA Historical Records Survey, the calendar made available for the first time in published form a detailed annotated item-level description of the five manuscript collections in the original Schomburg Collection.

The first comprehensive catalog of the Center's printed holdings did not appear until 1962, however, when G. K. Hall published The Dictionary Catalog of the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and History. This nine-volume work provided bibliographic access to the Collection's more than 36,000 bound volumes. Manuscripts, photographs, prints, sheet music, art and audio-visual materials were not included. 

Two supplements were published at five-year intervals, in 1967 and 1972. They added 7,000 and 15,000 titles respectively, bringing the cumulative catalog to some 58,000 titles.

In 1972, the Schomburg Collection was transferred from The Branch to The Research Libraries administrative unit of The New York Public Library. The Center's card catalog was closed in December 1971 and beginning in January 1972, all additions to the Schomburg holdings were included in The Research Libraries' automated catalog. A third supplement published in 1974 included bibliographic data added to the Schomburg Center from January 1972 through September 1974. Materials processed since September 1974 have been published annually in G. K. Hall's The Bibliographic Guide to Black Studies.

Published/Released: 2002

ISBN: 0-7838-9693-X  Price: US $1,299.00


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