Housed on the ground and first floors of Founders Library at Howard University, the Moorland–Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) in Washington D.C. is one of the world’s largest and most expansive repositories for the documentation of the culture and history of people of the Africa Diaspora. Located at 500 Howard Place NW, the MSRC, according to its website, “collects, preserves, organizes and makes available for research a wide range of resources chronicling the Black experience.”
Fundamental to development of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, originally known as The Moorland Foundation, was the generous contribution of Rev. Dr. Jesse E. Moorland. An African-American minister from Ohio, Moorland was an alumnus and trustee of Howard University, a historically Black college. He also was the secretary of the Washington, D.C. branch of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).