Expanding the Hip Hop Collection
Cornell University Library's Hip Hop Collection has grown with the recent acquisition of several important collections of graffiti art, photography, film, video and audio, publications and paper ephemera.
The Hip Hop Collection, established in 2007 in the library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, features more than 50,000 items documenting the birth of hip-hop in New York City and its global expansion.
The library's first major exhibition to showcase the collection, "Now Scream!", opened April 4 in Kroch Library and runs through Feb. 4, 2014.
The Charlie Ahearn Hip Hop Archive, acquired in December, includes research footage, film production records, photographs, posters, video, audio, oral histories, posters and vinyl related to Ahearn's "Wild Style" (1983), the first feature film to showcase hip-hop culture (it screens April 5 in Ithaca with an artists' panel).