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The following libraries contain materials (films, books and/or supporting materials) relating to Black cinema.

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Cleveland Public Library
This site is bookmarked here for this public library's lists of the top African American films rented by cardholders for 1999 and 2000.

phone: (216) 623-2800

Detroit Public Library Film Collection
This library has a healthy collection of African American titles for loan. It also houses the Azalia Hackley Collection of Negro Music, Dance and Drama.


Library of Congress
Motion Picture and Television Reading Room

Relevant subject headings include "Blacks in the Motion Picture Industry," "Motion pictures--Africa," and "South Africa--In motion pictures." The Library of Congress site also has a section called "African American Odyssey," an illustrated guide to many of their holdings in African American history and culture (including film); and a listing of Black subjects in their Paper Print collection of early cinema.

phone: (202) 707-8572

New York Public Library
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division

Extensive and rare collections for the study of African American history and culture. "The MIRS Division collections encompass a variety of formats including motion picture film (released prints and outtakes), video recordings, and music and spoken arts recordings in several formats." The Photographs and Prints Division has an Images of African Americans in the 19th Century section. The Oral History/Video Documentation Program includes a number of oral video testimonies of African Americans. Other collection strengths include early jazz and tap footage on film.

phone: (212) 491-2200

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