An official Path Through History Site! A division of the New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center has collected and preserved materials documenting black life, and promoted the study of the history and culture of peoples of African descent for over 80 years. Puerto Rican-born black scholar and bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg curated this important library until his death is 1938. The center’s collection first won acclaim in 1926, and since then, it has grown to more than 5 million items, including manuscripts, recorded sound, photographs and prints. It’s a truly unique New York institution. Offering exhibitions, tours and programs, in addition to access to its wide-ranging research collection.