The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Students pored over personal diaries, typescript manuscripts, and photo albums from the poet, playwright, novelist, and black feminist Ntozake Shange ’70 as part of a course on digital storytelling. Given in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the International Center of Photography, the class explored Shange’s life and career, and made extensive use of the 31-linear-foot collection of materials from Shange, which was recently acquired by the Barnard Library Archives and Special Collections. Students used the material “in some of the most thoughtful and creative ways I have ever seen an archive be used,” says Shannon O’Neill, Barnard’s associate director of archives and special collections. The class was taught by Kim F. Hall, the Lucyle Hook Chair and professor of English and Africana studies.

Playwright Ntozake Shange '70