Archives that were previously only open to researchers include collections from Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

By Brendan Krisel, Patch Staff

HARLEM, NY — Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will open up six of its prominent archives to the public this Black History Month, New York Public Library officials announced.

The archives of activists, artists and writers such as Maya Angelou, Anne Petry, Kathleen Collins, Gertrude Hadley Jeannette, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis will be made fully accessible to the public as part of the Schomburg Center's "Home to Harlem" initiative.

Many of these collections, such as Angelou's, were already available for research but have been fully processed with updated finding aids, library officials said. Items in these collections include Angelou's correspondences with famous figures such as Coretta Scott King, James Baldwin and Malcolm X and original manuscripts for works such as "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." 

 

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