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Harlem Renaissance

African-American expressions of writing, music, and art during the 1920s and 1930s are well represented in the vast collections of the Library of Congress.


The Harlem Renaissance was a period in American history from the 1920s and 1930s. During this time, many African-Americans migrated from the South to Northern cities, seeking economic and creative opportunities. Within their communities creative expression became an outlet for writers, musicians, artists, and photographers, with a particular concentration in Harlem, New York. This guide provides access to selected Library of Congress digital and print resources as well as links to external websites on the Harlem Renaissance: