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Sidney Martin Library


Richard B. Moore Collection

The Richard B. Moore Collection is a unique library of books and other printed items collected over a period of sixty years by bibliophile Richard B. Moore, a Black Barbadian writer, educator and activist.  Mr. Moore resided in Harlem, New York from the period of the Harlem Renaissance to the Civil Rights era. The Collection documents important aspects of the Black experience during the early twentieth century and before.

This collection is a unique resource not only for anyone interested in the cultural, intellectual and political history of the Black Atlantic World, but it is also of special importance to peoples of African descent throughout the world. The Collection reflects Richard B. Moore’s lifelong commitment to the causes of black consciousness and liberation, Caribbean nationalism, anti-colonialism and socialism, as well as his abiding interest in African heritage, culture and identity.
The Richard B. Moore Collection is listed on the Barbados National Register of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program.  Materials from this collection are available for reading room use only.  Opening hours are weekdays 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p..m.  Weekend schedules vary according to the academic semester schedules. To make an appointment and for further information, please contact the Special Collections staff, (246) 417-4456.