Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked.

By Carole Boston Weatherford Read by Ron Butler African American / Biographies & Memoirs / Children's Nonfiction / Historical English, Unabridged 47m Sell Sheet Also available on
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							Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and to bring to light the achievements of people of African descent throughout the ages. When Schomburg's collection became so big that it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.

A 2018 Booklist Top 10 Biography on Audio - Awards

"All of the book's details paint Schomburg as an admirable, flawed, likable, passionate man whose lasting legacy, Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, opens its doors to all who would learn more about the people its founder knew had been left out of the written record. A must-read for a deeper understanding of a well-connected genius who enriched the cultural road map for African-Americans and books about them." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Ron Butler solidly performs this free-verse biography of Arthur Schomburg, a historian and important collector of African-American historical documents. A great deal of care has been invested in the production. This is a worthy effort to bring the story of Schomburg’s life and work to listeners." - Audiofile

"In graceful free verse, Weatherford delivers a remarkable tribute to Arturo Schomburg...Schomburg's ambitions, scholarship, and accomplishments were tremendous-"There was no field of human endeavor/ that he did not till with his determined hand"-and Weatherford and Velasquez more than do justice to them." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Lifelong bibliophile Arturo Schomburg would be pleased by Weatherford's prose-poem biography, which praises his passion for researching and collecting books, manuscripts, and other written materials relating black heritage and history...As with her previous book Voice of Freedom (2015), Weatherford illuminates a person well worth knowing. A rich book to add to all collections." - Booklist, Starred Review

"Narrator [Ron] Butler entertains and charms as his narration of Weatherford’s… Supported by a musical soundscape that establishes the tone, Butler’s voice mesmerizes and transports listeners through Schomburg’s life and times…" - Booklist

"An excellent look at pieces of African American history." - School Library Journal