Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Preserving the Legacy of the Black Experience
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Dr. Howard Dodson
Howard Dodson

The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive research centers documenting the heritages of people of African descent. It is Howard University's national research library on black history and culture. It is also an exciting place of discovery! With almost 100 years of collecting and preserving the evidence of the black presence in human history and human civilization, the MSRC is the place to look for knowledge of and insights into the global black experience. The histories and cultures of peoples of African descent in Africa, the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central America as well as Europe and Asia are all a part of this treasure trove of information.

Hundreds of thousands of books, millions of pages of manuscripts, sheet music, photographs, newspapers, personal papers and organizational records are all part of the Moorland-Spingarn collections. Authors of books on the black experience discover their facts and truths at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Filmmakers, journalists, scholars and students are making new discoveries there every day. Black history and culture, like their makers- black people -have been distorted, suppressed and denied for centuries. Their truths are alive and well at Moorland-Spingarn, waiting to be discovered. The evidence needed to correct distorted American and world history is here too, waiting to be discovered and used to rewrite American and world history.

This Web Site is an introduction to the richness and vastness of this extraordinary body of knowledge, evidence of the histories and heritages of people of African descent worldwide. Enter its portals and make your own discoveries. Come to the Moorland-Spingarn and discover the black past and the black future. Your Moorland at Howard University.

Howard Dodson
Director, MSRC

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