Works on paper collection

Collection Data

The Works on Paper Collection is comprised of prints, drawings, posters and reproductions, illustrations and print portfolios. The collection includes both original and reproductive prints and drawings with a thematic and subject emphasis on blacks from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century. Pre-twentieth century works consists of images directly referring to slavery and its abolition in the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa, and the depiction of black types and genre scenes. Early twentieth century works are predominately by American artists and address social themes and concerns. There is a significant collection of works by African American artists who worked for the Works Projects Administration (WPA). From this period are also, several series of original book illustrations. Contemporary fine art prints, drawings and portfolios explore, in addition to subject themes, stylistic directions concerned with modernist aesthetics. The collection of posters and reproductions chronicle events, history, politics and the culture of blacks world over. There are well over 4,000 posters in the collection.
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1700 - 1990
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division
Shelf locator: Sc Art
African Americans in art
Blacks in art
African American prints
Art, American
African American art
Physical Description
Extent: 115 drawings : col. and b&w. 1500 prints : col. and b&w. 4000 posters : col. and b&w. 500 illustrations : col. and b&w. 18 portfolios : col. and b&w.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11486939
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 54e9cab0-c6ce-012f-957e-58d385a7bc34
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