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Howard University Libraries

Library Overview

Howard University Libraries contain two special collections, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and the Channing Pollock Theatre Collection. The Moorland- Spingarn Research Center 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. The center includes 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; hundreds of artifacts; and 100,000 prints, photographs, maps, and other graphic items.

The Channing Pollock Theatre Collection contains rare books on the theater, including books by and about Shakespeare and selected first editions by Eugene O'Neill and other American playwrights. There are souvenir programs dating back to 1865 as well as Pollock's manuscripts, published works, and personal correspondence. Extensive material collected by many of his associates in the theater business is also included. The core Pollock Collection is augmented by clippings and photographs of the Howard Players and a host of Black performing artists.

Howard University Libraries

The Founders Library
500 Howard Place NW
Washington, DC 20059
(202) 806-7234 (t)

Moorland-Spingarn Collection
(202) 806-7239 (t)

Channing Pollock Theatre Collection
(202) 806-7252 (t)