Harlem Crossroads

About the Tour

This walking tour examines the history of Harlem, a center of African-American life in the 20th-century. Stops in central Harlem include apartment buildings and houses, businesses, schools, churches, and cultural and political institutions associated with this area’s artistically and historically rich African-American past. This tour centers on themes in the cultural and political history of African-Americans, while providing background and context in the history of New York City.

Annotated Bibliography of Printed Resources

Adams, Michael Henry. Harlem: Lost and Found. New York: Monacelli Press, 2002.

Bearden, Romare and Harry Henderson. A History of African American Artists: From 1792 to the Present. New York: Pantheon, 1993.

Campbell, Mary Schmidt. Harlem Renaissance: Art of Black America. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994.

Douglas, Ann. Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s. New York: Farrar, 1995.

Jeffrey Gurock. When Harlem was Jewish. New York: Columbia University Press, 1979.

Harris, Leonard, ed. The Philosophy of Alain Locke: Harlem Renaissance and Beyond. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989.

Nathan Huggins. The Harlem Renaissance. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971.

Johnson, James Weldon. Black Manhattan. New York: Da Capo Press, 1991, c. 1930.

Kirschke, Amy. Aaron Douglas: Art, Race, and the Harlem Renaissance. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1995.

Lewis, David Levering. When Harlem Was in Vogue. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981.

Locke, Alain. The New Negro: An Interpretation. New York: Albert and Charles Boni,1925.

Osofsky, Gilbert. Harlem: The Making of a Ghetto. New York: Harper and Row, 1963

Patton, Sharon. African American Art. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Marcy Sacks, Before Harlem: The Black Experience in New York City Before World War I. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.

Taylor, Monique M. Harlem Between Heaven and Hell. Minneapolis: University Press of Minnesota, 2002.

Cheryl Greenberg, "Or Does it Explode?": Black Harlem in the Great Depression. New York Oxford University Press, 1991.

Annotated Bibliography of Web Resources

Harlem History: This website, sponsored by Columbia University, includes digital essays, oral histories, and videos focusing on the history of Harlem.

MAAP (Mapping the African American Past): This website, hosted by Columbia University’s Teacher’s College allows students and teachers to map the African American past in New York City. It includes maps, videos, and images for New York City neighborhoods that have been home to African Americans, including Harlem.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: The website for the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture includes information about the library itself as well as digital collections touching on the African American past in general and Harlem in particular.

Library of Congress Harlem Renaissance materials: This finding aid includes links to digital materials in the Library of Congress’ collections touching on Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance.

A Walk Through Harlem: This companion website to a PBS video walking tour of Harlem includes interactive maps of the neighborhood and some information about its buildings and important figures associated with Harlem.

Harlem Renaissance Artists

Sites: Harlem, Manhattan.

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