Upcoming Programs

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 6:30pm In celebration of Black Music Month, the Lapidus Center will present the documentary film Tango Negro:…


The Lapidus Center offers two long-term fellowships to assist scholars whose research on transatlantic slavery can benefit from extended access to the…
Lapidus Center Fellows

Harriet Tubman Prize

The Harriet Tubman Prize is awarded annually to a distinguished nonfiction book published in the United States on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the…
Aisha Finch’s Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba Wins the Lapidus Center’s First Annual Harriet Tubman Prize
2016 Harriet Tubman Prize Finalists

Our Collections

The Lapidus collection is continuously growing. In addition to his first 2014 gift of over 400 rare books and documents, Sid Lapidus…
The Digital Lapidus Collection
Titles Acquired in 2016
Web Research
Photographs and Prints Collection
New Books on Slavery
Archive & Manuscript Collections


New ideas, enlightening conversations, cutting-edge research, tomorrow’s trends: it’s all here in the Lapidus Center podcast series. Listen to our visiting scholars as…

From Our Blog

  From Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Ossie Davis to Alice Walker, Kanye West and Nate Parker, Nat Turner has captured many people’s imagination. Yet 185 years…
Slavery in Prime Time
The Harlem Burial Ground
Databases : Research Made (Almost) Easy
New York City’s Slave Market
Remembering the Women of Slavery
A Decade for People of African Descent