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About the Scholars-in-Residence Program
The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program assists those scholars and professionals whose research in the black experience can benefit from extended access to the Center's resources. Fellowships funded by the Center will allow recipients to spend six months or a year in residence with access to resources at the Schomburg Center and other centers of The New York Public Library. The program encourages research and writing on black history and culture, facilitates interaction among participating scholars, and provides wide-spread dissemination of findings through lectures, publications, and colloquia and seminars. It encompasses projects in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture.
Over the course of its 23-year history, the residency program has
provided direct funding support for 108 fellows, and additional
residency opportunities for 21 independently-funded humanities scholars.
Funding support for the program has been provided by the Ford Foundation,
the Rockefeller Foundation, the Aaron Diamond Foundation, the Irene
Diamond Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation and the National
Endowment for the Humanities.
Quotes from Past Fellows
“The feedback and constructive criticism received during the seminars was extremely valuable and as a result has pushed my work in new directions. Moreover, I benefited from the exposure to works in different disciplines and areas of study beyond my particular expertise.”
Scholar-in-Residence 2006-07, NEH
“ The archival resources at the Schomburg are without parallel for anyone doing research in black culture. The collections offer breadth and depth, not an easy balance to achieve. The staff, particularly the librarians in the Manuscript collections are knowledgeable, gracious, and exceedingly helpful. Their expertise saved me what would have been wasted hours of unnecessary legwork.”
Scholar-in-Residence 2005-06, NEH
“ As a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center, I had a unique opportunity to make progress on my book, using the vast resources of the library. The program’s seminars and colloquia enabled animated conversations across such varied disciplines as history, music, sociology, law, literature, and philosophy. More specifically, the seminar helped me make valuable decisions about my own disciplinary boundaries, helping me to combine the methods of historical inquiry and literary analysis.”
Scholar-in-Residence 2003-04, NEH
“ I was unprepared but pleasantly surprised by the level of intense academic exchange and interaction that took place amongst the Schomburg Fellows. As a result of these exchanges in and outside the seminars and lectures, I gained new knowledge and methodologies relevant and helpful in redesigning my work. These exchanges were really one of the high points of my tenure as a fellow.”
Scholar-in-Residence 2002-03, Schomburg Center
“ My development as a scholar was undoubtedly enriched by the Schomburg’s intellectually stimulating environment. Much of this enrichment was due to the Center’s geographic location in Harlem, a culturally dynamic, historically rich community. Throughout my fellowship tenure, I came in contact with scholars, both inside and outside the fellowship program, who were working on important issues in African-American and African Diaspora Studies.”
Frank Andre Guridy
Scholar-in-Residence 2002-03, NEH
“ I found the support system incredibly useful and key to helping me find the sources that were central to the project. Everyone that I spoke with (in all areas of the Center) were efficient, diligent, and answered my question or found someone who could. One of the many great moments I had came when a reference librarian followed up on one of my inquiries, when it seemed as if there was no information, and told me about an archive or rather a set of papers, that I did not know of. While the archives was in another state, the material I found there filled in some major gaps in my research.”
Cheryl D. Hicks
Scholar-in-Residence 2003-04, Schomburg Center/Newhouse
Works by Past Fellows
Anderson, Jervis . Bayard Rustin: Troubles
I've Seen . New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
Barlow, William . Voice Over: The Making
of Black Radio . Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998.
Bethel , Elizabeth Rauh .
The Roots of African American Identity: Memory and History
in Antebellum Free Communities . New York: St. Martins Press,
Biondi, Martha . To Stand and Fight: The
Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City .
Birt, Rodger C . "A Life in American Photography."
In VanDerZee: Photographer, 1886-1983 , by Deborah Willis-Braithwaite.
Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in association with the National Portrait
Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1993.
Brown, Carolyn Anderson . We Were All Slaves:
African Miners, Culture and Resistance at the Enugu Government Colliery,
Nigeria . Heinemann, 2003.
Infectious Rhythm:Metaphors of Contagion and the Spread of African
Culture. New York : Routledge, 1998.
Butler, Kim. "Defining Diaspora, Refining
a Discourse," Diaspora 10:2 (Fall 2002), 189-219.
Collins, Lisa Gail . The Art of History:
African American Women Artists Engage the Past .
Dixon, Melvin. transl. The Collected Poetry
of Leopold Sedar Senghor . Charlottesville: University Press
of Virginia, 1991.
Drewal, Henry John . "Signifyin' Saints."
In Santeria Aesthetics in Contemporary Latin American Art ,
263-289, edited by Arturo Lindsay. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution
Edwards, Brent. "The Ethnics of Surrealism," Transition 78 (June 1999): 84-135.
"The Uses of Diaspora," Social Text 66 (Spring 2001): 45-74.
The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation and the Rise
of Black Internationalism. Cambridge, Mass.
El-Hamel, Chouki . “’Race’, Slavery and Islam
in Maghribi Mediterranean Thought: The Question of the Haratin in
Morocco .” In The Journal of North African Studies Vol.
7, No. 3 (Autumn 2002) pp.29-52.
Ferrer, Ada . Insurgent Cuba : Race, Nation,
and Revolution, 1868-1898 . University of
Frederick, Rhonda D. “ Colon Man a Come”;
Mythographies of Panama Canal Migration. Lexington Books,
Goldsby, Jacqueline Denise. A Spectacular Secret:
Lynching in American Life and Literature. Chicago: University
Gort, Enid . Co-authored with Erica Judge, "Ambassadors and Diplomats." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History , ed. By Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith and Cornell West, pp. 104-106.
"Phelps-Stokes Fund." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History , ed. By Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith and Cornell West, p. 2132.
" Franklin Hall Williams." Encyclopedia of African-American
Culture and History , ed. By Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith
and Cornell West, p. 2842-43.
Govan, Sandra . "Gwendolyn Bennett."
Biographical essay in Notable Black American Women , 1991.
Grant, Joanne . Ella Baker: Freedom Bound . New York: John Wiley, 1998.
"Ella Baker." In The Encyclopedia of African-American
Culture and History , editors, Salzman, Jack, David Lionel
Smith, Cornel West, 229-231. NY: Macmillan Library Reference, 1996.
Graziano, John . "Black Musical Theater
and the Harlem Renaissance Movement." In Black Music in
the Harlem Renaissance: A Collection of Essays , editor, Samuel
A. Floyd, Jr. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1990.
Green, Venus . "Race and Technology: African-American Women in the Bell System, 1945-1980." In Technology and Culture , Volume 36, No. 2, April 1995.
Race on the Line: Gender, Labor, and Technology in the Bell
System, 1880-1980 . Duke University Press, 2001.
Greene, Larry A . " Harlem, the Depression Years: Leadership and Social Conditions." In Afro-Americans in New York Life and History 17 (July 1993).
Larry A. Greene and Diana Linden, "Charles Alston's
Gross, Kali. Colored Amazons:
Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love,
1880-1910 . Duke University Press, June 2006.
Hall, Stephen Gillroy. A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical Writing in Nineteenth Century America. University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
Hare, Bruce R . 2001 Race Odyssey: African
Americans and Sociology .
Harris, Leslie . In the Shadow of Slavery:
African Americans in New York City . University of
Hayden, Robert C. "Louis T. Wright, M.D.: Equal Opportunity...No More... No Less!" In The Journal of Negro History. 80th anniversary volume.
Mr. Harlem Hospital: Dr. Louis T. Wright. Littleton,
MA: Tapestry Press, Ltd., 2003
Hodes, Martha . “The Mercurial Nature and Abiding
Power of Race: A Transnational Family Story.” In The American
Historical Review Vol. 108, No. 1, February 2003.
Horne, Gerald C. Black Liberation/Red Scare:
Ben Davis and the Communist Party . Newark, Del.: University
Israel, Adrienne . Amanda Berry Smith:
From Washerwoman to Evangelist . Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press,
James, Joy. Resisting State Violence: Radicalism,
Gender and Race in US Culture . Minneapolis, Minn. : University
James, Winston . " New Light on Claude McKay: a Controversy, a Document, and a Resolution ," Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, vol. 2, no. 2, Summer 1999; an early version published in Jamaica Journal vol. 26, no. 3, December 1998.
" A Fierce Hatred of Injustice: Claude McKay's Jamaican
Poetry of Rebellion " London and New York: Verso, Spring
Jones, Ferdinand . "Psychological Profiles, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker." Educational Notes, Providence Library Jazz Series , 1996, 1998, 2000.
(with Myra R. Jones) "Legends and Myths: Buddy Bolden and Psychologically Troubled Jazz Musicians." International Association of Jazz Educators Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook , Volume XXX, 2000.
The Triumph of the Soul: Psychological and Cultural Aspects of African American Music . (Edited with Arthur C. Jones). Prager: Westport, CT, 2000.
"Jazz and the Resilience of African Americans."
The Triumph of the Soul: Psychological and Cultural Aspects of African
American Music . [F. Jones and A.C. Jones Eds.] Prager: Westport,
Kerr-Ritchie, Jeffrey. "Gender, Unfree
Labor, and Globalization," in Nature, Society, and Thought
. 15:3 (2003).
King, Debra Walker. African
Americans and the Culture of Pain. Charlottesville: University
of Virginia Press, 2008
King, Nicole. C.L.R. James and Creolization: Circles
of Influence. Jackson University Press of Mississippi, c2001.
Lamont, Michelle. The Cultural Territories
of Race : Black and White Boundaries, edited and with an introduction
by Michèle Lamont. Chicago: University of
Leeming, David. James Baldwin: A Biography
. NY: Knopf, 1994.
Lindberg, Kathryne Victoria . “Rebels to the Right/Revolution to the Left: Ezra Pound and Claude McKay in ‘The Syndicalist Year’ of 1912” in Ezra Pound and African American Modernism. Ed. Michael Coyle. Orono, Maine: The National Poetry Foundation, 2001.
"Cleaver, Newton and Davis, Re: Reading of Panther Lyrics,
" The World in Time and Space: Towards a History of Innovative
American Poetry in Our Time, Edward Foster and Joseph Donahue,
eds. ( Jersey City, NJ: Talisman House, 2002), 547-75.
Lindfors, Bernth O . "The Signifying Flunkey: Ira Aldridge as Mungo." In The Literary Griot 5 (1993).
"Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice": New biographical information on Ira Aldridge." In African American Review 28, 1994.
“Ira Aldridge’s London Debut.” In Theatre Notebook Vol.
60. No. 1, 2006.
McCaskill, Barbara . " 'Yours Very Truly:' Ellen Craft the Fugitive as Text and Artifact. In African American Review 28 (1994): 509-29.
Introduction, "William and Ellen Craft in Transatlantic Literature and Life," in Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom; Or, The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1999.
“‘Trust No Man!’: But What About a Woman?: Ellen Craft and a Genealogical
Model for Teaching Douglass’s Narrative.” In Approaches to Teaching
the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Ed., James
C. Hall. (New York: Modern Language Association, 1999)
Malone, Jacqueline D . "The FAMU Marching
100." In Black Perspective in Music 18 (1990): 59-80.
Steppin' on the blues: the visible rhythms of African American
dance . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996.
Miller, Ivor Lynn. Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2009.
Miller, James A. A chapter in Radical
Revisions: Rereading 1930s Culture , eds. Bill Mullen and Sherry
Lee Linkon. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996.
Miller, Monica L. "Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism in the Atlantic." Diaspora. Duke University Press, 2009.
Miller, Patrick Bryant . "To 'Bring the
Race Along Rapidly': Sport, Student Culture and Educational Mission
at Historically Black Colleges during the Interwar Years."
In History of Education Quarterly 35, 1995.
_____ and David K. Wiggins. The Unlevel Playing
Field: A Documentary History of the African American Experience
in Sport. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2003
Mitchell, Michele. Righteous Propagation: African Americans
and the Politics of Racial Destiny after Reconstruction (Chapel
Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004).
Plummer, Brenda G . Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960 . Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
"Castro in Harlem: A Cold War Watershed." In Rethinking
the Cold War: Essays on Its Dynamics, Meaning, and Morality ,
eds. Thomas McCormick and Allen Hunter. Philadelphia, PA.:Temple
University Press, 1998.
Rachleff, Melissa J. "Photojournalism in
Harlem: Morgan and Marvin Smith and the Construction of Power."
In Visual Journal (1996).
Roberts, Samuel Kelton, Jr. Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease and the Health Effects of Segregation. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
Rothman, Barbara Katz. Weaving a Family: Untangling
Race and Adoption. Beacon Press, 2005.
Sandler, Kathe. Documentary film, A Question of Color,
Savage, Barbara Dianne. Your Spirits Walk Beside
Us: The Politics of Black Religion.
Smith, Shawn Michelle. Photography on the
Color Line: W.E.B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture. Duke
University Press, 2004
Spears, Arthur K . "The Grammaticalization of Disapproval in Black American English." In CUNYForum: Papers in Linguistics 15, 1990.
Race and Ideology: Language, Symbolism, and Popular Culture . Wayne State University Press, 1999.
"Teaching 'Minorities' about Language and Culture."
Race and Ideology . , Detroit: Wayne State University
Press. Ed. 1999.
Stewart, Jeffrey Conrad. “ The New Negro as Citizen" in The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, ed. by George Hutchinson [forthcoming] (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
"Black Orientalism and The Invisible Man
of the Harlem Renaissance", in Letterature d'America
Trimestrale Anno XXII, n. 93-94, 2002: 37-54.
Suggs, Jon-Christian . Whispered Consolations: Law and Narrative in African-American Life. University of Michigan Press, Spring 1999.
"Romanticism, Law, and the Suppression of African-American Citizenship," in Race and Production of Modern American Nationalism , ed. Reynolds J. Scott-Childress. New York: Garland, 1999.
"'Blackjack': Walter White and Modernism in an Unknown Boxing
Novel." Michigan Quarterly Review . Fall 1999.
Talalay, Kathryn M . Composition in Black
and White: The Life of Philippa Schuyler . NY and London: Oxford
University Press, 1995.
Taylor, Ula . "Amy Jacques Garvey: Introduction." In Words of Fire, ed. Beverly Guy-Sheftall NY: New Press, 1995.
The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
"Amy Jacques Garvey: Community Feminist." Journal
of Gender and History .
Torres, Alexandra C. (Sasha). Black, White and In
Color: Television and Black Civil Rights. Princeton University
Vendryes, Margaret Rose. Barthe A Life in Sculpture. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008.
“Inveterate Outsiders: African-American Women Artists Get Their Due” in the International Review of African American Art (Summer 2005).
“Vindicating Black Masculinity: Barthé’s James Weldon Johnson Memorial,” International Review of African American Art (Hampton University, vol. 18, no. 2, 2002).
“The Lives of Richmond Barthé,” in The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality in Black Communities (Alyson Publications, 2000).
Walker, Sheila S . The following are slide presentations that were developed as the result of her residency at the Center:
"African Religions in Brazil"
Walker-Hill, Helen Siemens . From
Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composers and Their
Music. Westport, Conn. Greenwood Press, 2002.
Watkins-Owens, Irma . “Early-Twentieth-Century
Caribbean Women, Migration and Social Networks in New York City
in Islands in the City, West Indian Migration to New York .
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
Wilder, Craig Steven. In the Company of Black
Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York
City . NYU Press, 2001.
Wilson, Joseph F . ed. Tearing down the
color bar: a documentary history and analysis of the Brotherhood
of Sleeping Car Porters . NY: Columbia University Press, 1989.
Yellin, Jean Fagan . Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written By Herself. By Harriet A. Jacobs. edited by L. Maria Child . Edited and with an introduction by Jean Fagan Yellin. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000.
"Through her brother’s eyes: Incidents and ‘A True
Tale’" in Harriett Jacobs and Incidents In The Life Of
A Slave Girl: New Critical Essays . Eds. Deborah Garfield and
Rafia Zafar. Princeton University Press, 1996.