Welcome to our in-development digital collection of sources on Harlem's educational history. We offer published and unpublished archival documents and oral histories, alongside interpretive exhibits. 

Our first group of digitized material emphasizes the experiences and work of students in Harlem schools in the 1960s and 1970s. Later additions will expand on this theme, and explore materials from and about Harlem teachers and community members as well as students. 

New Public Exhibit

Evelina's Harlem: A Puerto Rican Educational Journey Through Time and Space

Evelina López Antonetty was known by some as the Mother of the Puerto Rican Community, and by others as the Hell Lady of the Bronx. This exhibit, by Lauren Lefty, follows her journey. Before Antonetty assumed the role of well-known community organizer and leader of the United Bronx Parents (UBP), Inc., she spent her high school years at Wadleigh in Harlem. This exhibit was open for review during a 30-day period in January 2017.

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Recently Added Items

Mary Dowery Oral History

Mary.Dowery.Complete.Transcript.01.30.2014.doc

The reminiscences of Mary Dowery, social worker and organizer in Harlem with many different organizations, and creator of paraprofessional programs…

Laura Pires-Hester Oral History

Laura.Pires-Hester.03.09.2015.Complete.Transcript.doc

The reminiscences of Laura Pires-Hester, social worker and organizer with Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Inc (HARYOU) and the Women's Talent…

Hope Leichter Oral History

EH_OH_Leichter_interview_complete.mp3

The reminiscences of Dr. Hope Jensen Leichter, Elbenwood Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus on her work…