School Library: Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance


When you're browsing for books in the library, here are some good sections to check out.  Remember: you can always use the library catalog to search for a specific topic, and the reference section on the balcony is a great place to get information for a paper.

- 973.9: American history, the 1920s
- Biographies (all the way at the far West end of the library)
- 813: Literary criticism (books about authors you might be researching)
- 781.65: Music and musicians
- 709: Art and artists

Also, check out our ebooks!






Harlem Renaissance Resources from the American Memory Project
This is definitely one of the most comprehensive resources on the internet about the Harlem Renaissance.  There are articles, a timeline, a great collection of links to further reading, images, media files, and, since it's from the American Memory Project, there are plenty of primary sources documents as well.

Perspectives in American Literature: The Harlem Renaissance
For writers, this is really comprehensive resource that covers nearly all of the major figures.  Each writer has a page with excerpts from their work, biographical information, suggested resources for further research, and more.

Harlem 1900 - 1940: An African American Community
This is the companion website to an exhibit at the Schomburg Center for Black Culture.  It contains pictures of and information about the art and artifacts from the exhibition, as well as great general resources about the Harlem Renaissance, including a nice timeline.

Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to Black History
You can search the general Encyclopedia Britannica through our databases, but this section has a really awesome timeline -- it's thorough, and notable names and events link to separate encyclopedia entries of their own.

Drop Me Off in Harlem
A huge collection of biographies and samples of the work of artists during this period.  No matter who you're assigned to research, they will probably have a page here.

The Harlem Renaissance: John  Carroll University
This website is jam packed with background information, not just about names and dates, but about the philosophical roots of the Harlem Renaissance.  There's also a ton of multimedia here (audio, videos, etc.)

Beinecke Library: Langston Hughes at 100
For anyone who chose to write about Hughes, this website is a wonderful celebration of him, packed with biographical information as well as criticism of his work.

PBS: Jazz, a Film by Ken Burns
For anyone writing about a jazz musician, this is an absolute must.  Jazz, a documentary, aired several years ago, and it was groundbreaking in the amount of information it provided.  The website is equally comprehensive, bringing together biographical information for the movers and shakers in the film, as well as lots of media (not surprisingly, there are lots of sound files) and links to further reading.

The Birth of the Harlem Renaissance
This is a nice introductory site, with a timeline and a good overview of the subject.  It also links to most of the major figures of the time and some related topics, which have their own pages you can explore.

Double Bind: Three Women of the Harlem Renaissance from
A quick introduction to some of the major poets of the Harlem Renaissance, with a focus on female writers.

African-American World: The Harlem Renaissance
Another PBS program, but with a different collection of information.  This has a timeline, biographies of several important figures, and other background.

Artcyclopedia:  The Harlem Renaissance If you are researching an artist, this is absolutely the place for you.  Lots of hard to find people have bios here, as well as samples of their work.

A Brief Guide to the Harlem Renaissance
Since this is from, you might expect that it focuses mainly on the poets of the time period with a little general background info.
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