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Black films collection, (bulk 1967-1984).

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Black films collection, 1939-1984 (bulk 1967-1984).
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Box 1Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 285 Box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 2Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 285 Box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 3Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 285 Box 3Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 4Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 285 Box 4Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 5Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 285 Box 5Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 6Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 285 Box 6Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 7Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 285 Box 7Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 8Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 285 Box 8Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 9Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 285 Box 9Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 10Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 285 Box 10Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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Description
3.2 lin. ft.
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Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
  • Lobby cards and posters transferred to Art and Artifacts Division.
Biography (note)
  • The Black films collection documents the marketing of African Americans in American motion pictures. The film careers of Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pam Grier, Brock Peters and Jim Brown are well represented. Production companies in the collection include Warner Brothers, Avco Embassy Pictures Corp., United Artists, American International Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Paramount, New World Pictures, National General, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Line Cinema and Twentieth Century-Fox. The bulk of the collection is from the "blaxploitation" era of the 1970s, and was generated by film studios and distributors to market the movies to theaters.
Call Number
Sc MG 285
Title
Black films collection, 1939-1984 (bulk 1967-1984).
Summary
The Black films collection consists of scripts, press sheets, press kits, movie stills and posters. The scope of the collection extends from the first African American talkie, "Hallelujah", to stills from movies of the early 1980s. A few of the many films for which there is information are "Birth of a Nation," "Coffy," "Cotton Comes to Harlem," "The Great White Hope," "Superfly," and "To Kill a Mockingbird." There are twenty-eight scripts including "Black Samson," "I Passed for White," "The Jesse Owens Story," "The Klansman," and "Roots."
The press kits include a synopsis of the film (not for publication), articles and ads for local newspapers, biographies of the performers, photographic stills for display, and promotional materials. Some of the images in the kits were obviously doctored to suit the sensibilities of white audiences, while some ads have directions specifying "for Black audiences only."
Biography
The Black films collection documents the marketing of African Americans in American motion pictures. The film careers of Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pam Grier, Brock Peters and Jim Brown are well represented. Production companies in the collection include Warner Brothers, Avco Embassy Pictures Corp., United Artists, American International Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Paramount, New World Pictures, National General, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Line Cinema and Twentieth Century-Fox. The bulk of the collection is from the "blaxploitation" era of the 1970s, and was generated by film studios and distributors to market the movies to theaters.
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Warner Bros.
Avco Embassy Pictures.
United Artists Ltd.
American International Pictures (Firm)
Columbia Pictures Industries.
Paramount Pictures Corporation.
New World Pictures (Firm)
New Line Cinema Corporation.
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation.
National General Pictures.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 285
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