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:
Part I: Descriptions and Indexes
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) Download, review, and complete the fillable researcher form .
3) Contact us regardiing your request. You will recieve an e-mail with instructions on returning your form and 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.
Contact the Park
Phone: (212) 238 - 4360
Last updated: February 21, 2019