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What We Collect


The Black Writers Museum collects, and is a repository for first edition and rare books, historic documents, photographs, manuscripts, vinyl recordings, artifacts, newspapers, magazines, family histories, and “all things literary” by and about the Black experience.


BDCThe estate of the late Barbara Daniel-Cox, a “Founding Friend” and board member of the BWM, has gifted a treasure of books, art, African carvings and recordings collected by advocate and Philadelphia community icon, Barbara Daniel-Cox. As an expansive contribution to the BWM archives, the Bdc Collection captures the African American experience in civil rights, Black music, African cultural arts, and the Black contemporary aesthetic.


phillips_collectionThe Anne E. Phillips Collection on Civil Rights and Social Justice

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Black Arts Movement

Two Eras Linked in Love, Battle, and Literature: Scenes from The Black Arts Movement and The Harlem Renaissance. Take a tour and view rare books and magazines, documents, photographs, and historical narrative that presents an up close and personal view of times when the world was watching. This comprehensive look at these two dynamic eras in American history depicts a story of love, struggle, and change. The Black Arts Movement and the Harlem Renaissance were two explosive periods of time in which Black people claimed and embraced their cultural identity and penned masterpiece compositions that let the world know what was going on in the minds and lives of the people. Authors, activists, songwriters, scholars, professors, poets, playwrights and prophets were cultivated and grew out of two movements that brought the world into the lives of Black people. Take a tour and feel the power of the Black Arts Movement and the Harlem Renaissance.