Collection Research

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The supportive function of the African Burial Ground National Monument’s collection is to support the park’s mission goals to preserve and interpret the history of the African Burial Ground.

There are approximately 8,000 archival records related to the African Burial Ground National Monument representing the cultural history of New York’s lower Manhattan and the contributions of New York’s enslaved and free African population’s to the city of New York and beyond.

The collection consists primarily of site-related materials unearthed, discovered during the 1991 excavation and documents the follow on deliberations spearheaded by the community to create the national monument. This archival collection will be used by the national park team and public to create meaningful experiences to educate and inspire present and future generations about the African Burial Ground through exhibits, research, interpretive programs, publications and the media.

Link to Finding Aids:
  1. Finding Aid, African Burial Ground Project Records, 1935 – 2009
(bulk dates 1989 – 2007)
Part I: Descriptions and Indexes

  1. Finding Aid, African Burial Ground Project Records, 1935 – 2009
(bulk dates 1989 – 2007)
Part II: Collection Listing

Research Access Procedures

To access the archival collection for research:

1) Utilize the 'Link to Finding Aids' above to locate the item(s) that you are seeking. Note each item's catalog number from Part II: Collection Listing.

2) Contact us regarding your request. You will receive an e-mail containing a fillable researcher form and instructions on completing and returning it.

3) All research requests will be reviewed and are subject to approval. You will be contacted regarding approval status.

4) Upon request approval, a research date can be scheduled. Scheduling is subject to research library availability.

The African Burial Ground Research Library is generally accessible Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Access is subject to availability. All written requests must be submitted at least one week in advance of the desired appointment date.

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Phone: (212) 238 - 4360
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Last updated: September 5, 2019

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African Burial Ground NM
C/O Federal Hall National Memorial
26 Wall St

New York, NY 10005


212 238-4367

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