The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) at Howard University is recognized as one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive national repositories for the documentation of the history and culture 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, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center's mission is to collect, preserve, organize and make available for research a wide range of resources chronicling the Black experience. MSRC is the repository for over 600 collections of the personal papers of distinguished individuals in a broad spectrum of fields, as well as collections of organizational and institutional records. In addition the Center currently owns approximately 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 and culture of people of African descent in Africa, the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. 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.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Howard University, 500 Howard Place, NW, Washington, DC, N/A, 20059
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Director Director
Location Type: Facility