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Harlem Renaissance Links

  • The Harlem Renaissance and the Flowering of Creativity is part of the Library of Congress’ “African American Odyssey” project.

  • African-Americans in the Visual Arts: A Historical Perspective was developed to accompany a 1996 exhibit at Long Island University.

  • The Institute of International Visual Arts has an extensive site on various aspects of the Harlem Renaissance:
  • Harlem 1900-1940, a project of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, includes teaching resources and a searchable database of writers, artists, and musicians of the Harlem Renaissance (although Ellis Wilson is not included). For an introduction to the Schomburg Center collection, watch the Treasures of the New York Public Library video featuring center director Howard Dodson.

  • Harlem: Mecca of the New Negro is an Internet re-creation of the March 1925 issue of Survey Graphic, which focused on Harlem. At the time, Survey Graphic was the premier journal of social work, and this “Harlem Number” was one of the first attempts to define the “New Negro” and survey the cultural revolution taking place in Harlem. Alain Locke, who worked on the magazine’s special edition, later expanded the material to create his influential book The New Negro. You’ll find essays and articles by scholars and artists, editorials on the state of African-American culture, and even reproductions of the original classified ads.

  • A Great Day in Harlem uses the biographies behind Art Kane’s famous photo of 57 great jazz musicians gathered on a Harlem street as the jumping-off point for a survey of the history of jazz, cross-referenced by styles and instruments as well as performers.

  • Perspectives in American Literature is an online project of Professor Paul Reuben of California State University Stanislaus to provide a reference guide to all of American literature. Chapter 9 covers the Harlem Renaissance, 1919-1937.

  • North by South: from Charleston to Harlem, the Great Migration is a look at both Southern and Northern African-American art and culture, created by Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.

  • A Walk Through Harlem accompanies a television documentary produced by WNET/New York.

  • The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Art and Life of William H. Johnson profiles one Harlem Renaissance artist and offers suggestions for classroom activities for a study of the period.
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