What began in the early years of Howard University as a small collection of antislavery books and pamphlets is now one of the world’s premiere centers for the study of the Black experience. It has made possible new research and enabled scholars to probe more deeply into the complexities of Black history and culture. In linking its past accomplishments to its plans for the future, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center continues in its unswerving commitment to preserve the legacy of people of African descent for this and future generations.

Thank you for your outreach to the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Howard University has transitioned to an online and remote instruction format for the remainder of the semester. Additionally, faculty and staff, including Moorland-Spingarn and Founders’ Library, have been directed to telework in order to de-densify the campus. For the foreseeable future, we will not be open to the public.


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