Material culture collection

Collection Data

The Material Culture Collection includes a wide range of two and three dimensional objects produced by various advertisement agencies, organizations and private concerns. The collection documents ways in which African Americans were treated and perceived, and how African Americans present themselves as subjects, as early as the 1700s to the present day. Most materials are souvenir and novelty items, personal mementos, and commemorative medals of personalities, institutions and events. There are also community and domestic life items related to the history of blacks in America and utensils and tools used by them. The majority of materials were manufactured in the United States while some are from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. Materials are organized by format, i.e. medals, souvenirs implements, buttons, currencies, stamps, calendars, postcards, and advertising artifacts. Subjects covered include: civil rights, nationalism, political campaigns, personalities, sports, religion, organizations, education, and Afro-American social life and customs.
Wedgwood family (Collector)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1700 - 1991
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division
Shelf locator: Sc Art (Material culture collection)
African Americans -- Societies, etc
Civil rights
African Americans -- Social life and customs -- United States
Postage stamps
Buttons (Information artifacts)
Physical Description
Extent: 400 realia, 116 glass slides, 700 buttons, 1000 medals, medallions and coins, 1000 postcards and cards, 150 calendars, 1000 stamps
Type of Resource
Three dimensional object
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11486937
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f82434e0-2720-0132-8337-58d385a7bbd0
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