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Contains nearly 1,000 recordings (primarly LP records), the photographic archive of
Bronx photographer Joe Conzo, Jr., textile art, books and magazines, and more than
500 original party and club flyers designed by Buddy Esquire and others. The
collection documents the origins of hip-hop as music, culture and community in the
Bronx, NY, and its influence on the history of music, art, performance, and activism
in America during the final third of the 20th century and beyond.
Also, t-shirts, tote bag, and other memorabilia documenting the 2008 Hip Hop
Conference and Celebration at Cornell; and a poster for Spike Lee's motion picture
"Do the Right Thing" (1989).
74 candid hip hop photos depicting various music events, record signings and
performances - includes Raandu Avion, Brandy, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, DMX and
Wyclef Jean (2001).