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Howard University, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) at Howard University is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive national repositories for the documentation of the history of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world.  Established in 1914, Moorland-Spingarn is also one of the oldest repositories of its kind.  As a research and rare book library, manuscripts repository and archives, MSRC is a major research facility, whose mission is to collect, preserve, organize and make available for research a wide range of resources chronicling the Black experience.  MSRC houses over 600 collections of the personal papers of distinguished individuals, the records of numerous organizations, 175,000 books, pamphlets and microforms, over 100,000 photographs and other graphic images, hundreds of artifacts, as well as sheet music, sound recordings and oral histories, all documenting the history of Black people.

The collections are used by scholars, museums, students and other researchers from throughout the world and contribute to exhibitions, film productions news programming, and a wide range of publications.  As one of the nation's premier research centers in Black history and culture, it is appropriate that Moorland-Spingarn be designated as a key facility in the UGRR Network to Freedom.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Founders Library, 500 Howard Place, NW, Washington, 20059

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Director Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

Location Type: Facility