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Black soldiers observe Martin Luther King's Birthday
Black soldiers observe Martin Luther King's Birthday

About the Collection

The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center-Manuscripts Division (MSRC) is recognized as one of the world's largest and most comprehensive repositories for the documentation of the history and culture of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world. As one of Howard University's major research facilities, the MSRC-Manuscripts Division collects, preserves, and makes available for research a wide range of resources chronicling the Black experience.

Its collections include the records of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as the personal papers of several notable political figures. The collections comprise more than 175,000 bound volumes and tens of thousands of journals, periodicals, and newspapers; more than 17,000 feet of manuscript and archival collections; nearly 1,000 audio tapes; 3,000 pieces of sheet music; 15,000 sound recordings, and hundreds of artifacts—in addition to 100,000 prints, photographs, maps, and other graphic images. The collections are used by scholars, museums, students, and other researchers from Howard University and throughout the world. Information provided by the MSRC-Manuscripts Division is regularly used in exhibitions, video productions, news programming, and a wide range of publications.

Howard University, Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-7240  Fax: (202) 806-6405
Joellen El Bashir, Curator of Manuscript

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