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Pearl Bowser Audiovisual Collection

Names:
Andrade-Watkins, Claire  Search this
Bambara, Toni Cade  Search this
Dash, Julie  Search this
Gerima, Haile  Search this
Gunn, Bill, 1934-1989  Search this
Jafa, Arthur  Search this
Jones, Robert Earl, 1904-2006  Search this
Massiah, Louis  Search this
Micheaux, Oscar, 1884-1951  Search this
Moses, Ethel  Search this
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976  Search this
Sanchez, Sonia, 1934- (poet, reader)  Search this
Snead, James A., 1953-1989  Search this
Spence, Louise, 1945-  Search this
Tucker, Lorenzo  Search this
Donor:
Bowser, Pearl, 1931-  Search this
Extent:
approximately 100 Motion picture films
213 Sound cassettes (7 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion picture films
Sound cassettes
Sound cassette
Oral histories (document genres)
16mm motion picture film
Place:
England
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Roanoke (Va.)
Memphis (Tenn.)
Date:
bulk 1920-2001
Biographical / Historical:
Pearl Bowser is a filmmaker, producer, author, lecturer, and highly acclaimed scholar of African American film who is recognized as an authority on the works of Oscar Micheaux, a noted writer, director, and producer of race films from 1919 to 1948.

Born Pearl Johnson on June 25, 1931, in Sugar Hill, Harlem, New York, she was named after her mother (also Pearl Johnson), a domestic worker who had been raised in a Catholic nunnery. On occasional Saturdays, the younger Pearl would accompany her mother to work in apartments in lower Manhattan, where she would assist her by folding handkerchiefs for a small allowance. After moving to a lower part of Harlem when she was about four years old, she met Harlem entrepreneur "Bumpy" Johnson, for whom she and other children in the neighborhood did odd jobs such as counting coins or attending to his ice-cream stand. Johnson, who would sometimes give the children joy rides in his Cadillac, occasionally allowed Pearl and the other children to borrow books from his extensive library, provided that they read them and submitted to a quiz.

As a child, Bowser had several racist encounters. For example, one of her white kindergarten teachers at her elementary school wore gloves in the classroom as to not touch Black pupils. She was also occasionally teased for having a gap between her teeth but felt insulated from sustained bullying because she had several older brothers who sometimes protected her. On a separate occasion, when she was about nine years old, her mother sent her on a trip from New York to the South to visit relatives. Although her mother had purchased tickets for her to be in a Pullman car, when she changed trains in Washington, DC., she was forced to ride in the car behind the engine, which left her covered in soot.

An avid reader, Pearl excelled in elementary and high school and received a scholarship to attend Brooklyn College, where she majored in biology. She supplemented her income by recording the numbers in one of Bumpy Johnson's shops. Disappointed with the quality of the education she was receiving, Bowser withdrew from Brooklyn College, eventually landing a job at CBS where she worked on a team that analyzed Nielsen ratings.

In the mid-1960s, although Bowser and her husband LeRoy Bowser had separate interests, they both were working simultaneously in the civil rights movement. While LeRoy was active in Brooklyn CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and went to the South in the summer to teach for what was the beginning of HeadStart, Pearl, along with other production activists, took to the streets documenting African American culture and issues—working to bring these films to schools. Additionally, Bowser wanted to write a cookbook to earn funds for Brooklyn's CORE organization. She was approached by David Davis, the editor of Tuesday magazine. Tuesday had distribution in the Herald Tribune across the country as a Sunday supplement. As the urban-world magazine exploded in Black communities, 'Joan' Bowser's two-page pictorials on Southern Cooking with a set of recipes became very popular in the five years she wrote them. Bowser retained copyrights to the articles, and easily completed her cookbook a short time later.

Bowser's colleague at ABC, Charles Hobson, found a used book written by Peter Noble about Black films and Oscar Micheaux. The volume was slim and contained what little information contained in the MOMA files. Hobson and his colleagues wanted to write a book about the topic, and they assigned Bowser to begin the research. As part of the project, Bowser went to California to interview actors who may have been in early Black films or may have worked with Micheaux. What she learned began her intensive scholarship into Micheaux and his fellow filmmakers.

In 1971, she organized her first film festival, the Black Film History Series. In 1979, she organized the nation's first American women's film festival in New York City. She also presented a major retrospective, Independent Black American Cinema 1920-1980, which toured the country during 1981 and 1982. She also directed the Journey Across Three Continents film and lecture series, which toured the country from 1983-1985. Bowser also served as president of the prestigious Flaherty Film Seminar in 1987. In 1989, she, alongside Grant Munro, programmed the 35th Flaherty Film Seminar, which featured films such as Finzan, Zajota and the Boogie Spirit, Daughters of the Dust, and many more. She has also been a judge at the world-renown Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESCPACO) in Burkina Faso (formerly known as Upper Volta).

In the 1980s Bowser was awarded an independent artists grant by the Ford Foundation to travel west and collect oral histories from individuals in Oscar Micheaux's orbit, loosely following the route he would have travelled decades earlier. Stopping in cities such as Roanoke, Virginia; Memphis, Tennessee; and Jackson, Mississippi, she collected dozens of oral histories from actors, actresses etc. that knew Oscar Micheaux. Through this research she became an eminent figure in the Black independent film industry. Working as a programmer, she travelled around the United States and the world showing films by domestic and Black filmmakers within the Diaspora.

Despite her wealth of experience working as a programmer, it wasn't until the 1990s that Bowser made her directorial debut with the documentary film Midnight Ramble. Funded by American Experience, the film looks at African Americans and Hollywood movies from 1910 through the 1950s. In 2000, she, along with Louise Spence, co-authored Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films and His Audiences, a book about the pioneering filmmaker. Additionally, she is founder and director of Chamba Educational Film Services, a film distribution company that specialized in distributing films by African American filmmakers. In the early 1980s, she renamed her company/collection as African Diaspora Images, a collection of historical and contemporary films documenting Black film history. She subsequently joined Third World Newsreel, where she was director of their theater department.

In 2012, Pearl Bowser donated her extensive collection of books, sound cassettes, films, film memorabilia, and papers to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Sources:

1940 United States Federal Census; New York, New York, New York, population schedule, p. 61B, house number 1486, family 195, Pearl Bowser; Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012 accessed: 10 Sept 2022); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm: m-t0627-02665

Bowser, Pearl. Pearl Bowser Oral History. Interview by Tuliza Fleming and Jennifer Lyon, July 21, 2011.
Provenance:
Acquired as a donation from Pearl Bowser in 2012.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access to collection materials requires an appointment.
Occupation:
Filmmakers  Search this
Actors -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Documentary films  Search this
Film festivals  Search this
African American actors  Search this
African American actresses  Search this
African diaspora  Search this
Race films  Search this
African American motion picture producers and directors  Search this
African American women authors  Search this
Meetings  Search this
Conferences  Search this
Lectures and lecturing  Search this
Amateur films  Search this
Motion picture soundtracks  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Radio broadcasts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound cassette
Oral histories (document genres)
16mm motion picture film
Citation:
Pearl Bowser Collection, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Identifier:
NMAAHC.A2012.79.AV
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Pearl Bowser Audiovisual Collection
Archival Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/io3209e9c6d-3045-4a0a-941e-6519385b18d5
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmaahc-a2012-79-av

Swing!

Extent:
2 Film reels (black-and-white, sound, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1938
Scope and Contents:
Race film written and directed by Oscar Micheaux.
General:
2012.79.1.20.1ab
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access to collection materials requires an appointment.
Collection Citation:
Pearl Bowser Collection, National Museum of African American History and Culture
See more items in:
Pearl Bowser Audiovisual Collection
Pearl Bowser Audiovisual Collection / Series 1: Motion Picture Film
Archival Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/io396279127-5bb1-4e68-961a-0648f2510882
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmaahc-a2012-79-av-ref215

Broken Strings

Extent:
2 Film reels (black-and-white, sound, 16mm)
reel 1: 16mm, 1000 feet, 28 minutes
reel 2: 16mm, 1000 feet, 28 minutes
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1940
Scope and Contents:
Race film directed by Bernard B. Ray.
General:
2012.79.1.46.1ab
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access to collection materials requires an appointment.
Collection Citation:
Pearl Bowser Collection, National Museum of African American History and Culture
See more items in:
Pearl Bowser Audiovisual Collection
Pearl Bowser Audiovisual Collection / Series 1: Motion Picture Film
Archival Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/io361d66bf5-53f8-44e7-ad1c-53916d54608b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmaahc-a2012-79-av-ref236

Go Down, Death!

Extent:
2 Film reels (black-and-white, sound, (1): 16mm, 800 feet, 22 minutes (2): 16mm, 1220 feet, 34 minutes)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
circa 1946
Scope and Contents:
Race film directed by Spencer Willams.
General:
2012.79.1.48.1ab
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access to collection materials requires an appointment.
Collection Citation:
Pearl Bowser Collection, National Museum of African American History and Culture
See more items in:
Pearl Bowser Audiovisual Collection
Pearl Bowser Audiovisual Collection / Series 1: Motion Picture Film
Archival Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/io35647177f-c78e-43a8-b865-e554bed729b3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmaahc-a2012-79-av-ref238

Panel discussion about race films, MoMA

Extent:
2 Sound cassettes
Container:
Box 1, Cassette 18
Box 5, Cassette 25
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound cassettes
Date:
1997
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Access to collection materials requires an appointment.
Collection Citation:
Pearl Bowser Collection, National Museum of African American History and Culture
See more items in:
Pearl Bowser Audiovisual Collection
Pearl Bowser Audiovisual Collection / Series 3: Audio Tape / 3.3: Conferences, Lectures and Panel Discussions
Archival Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/io38e020fd0-a71e-49ad-845f-31e338ab3b6d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmaahc-a2012-79-av-ref50

Poster for Pinky

Distributed by:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation, American, founded 1935  Search this
Subject of:
Cid Ricketts Sumner, American, 1890 - 1970  Search this
Philip Dunne, American, 1908 - 1992  Search this
Dudley Nichols, American, 1895 - 1960  Search this
Elia Kazan, Greek American, 1909 - 2003  Search this
Darryl F. Zanuck, American, 1902 - 1979  Search this
Jeanne Crain, American, 1925 - 2003  Search this
Ethel Barrymore, American, 1879 - 1959  Search this
Ethel Waters, American, 1896 - 1977  Search this
William Lundigan, American, 1914 - 1975  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 29 3/4 × 39 7/8 in. (75.6 × 101.3 cm)
Type:
posters
Place used:
England, Europe
Date:
1949
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Film  Search this
Race films  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.118.73
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5a4961993-31c7-4300-8d39-ee8c50ecca85
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.118.73

Stock certificate for Birth of a Race Photoplay Corporation

Issued by:
Birth of a Race Photoplay Corporation, American, founded 1916  Search this
Printed by:
J. W. Middleton & Co. Stationers, American  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with foil
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 1/4 × 10 7/8 in. (21 × 27.6 cm)
Type:
certificates
Place printed:
Chicago, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Date:
March 16, 1918
Topic:
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Business  Search this
Film  Search this
Finance  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
Race films  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2015.97.20.1
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5c934723d-ebd2-482a-9432-96fa38a2e9d8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.97.20.1
Online Media:

Stock certificate for Birth of a Race Photoplay Corporation

Issued by:
Birth of a Race Photoplay Corporation, American, founded 1916  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 in. (21 x 27.3 cm)
Type:
stock certificates
Date:
1918
Topic:
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Business  Search this
Film  Search this
Finance  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
Race films  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2012.46.39
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Exhibition:
Taking the Stage
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd56cee35d3-d03a-4fc6-91ce-3806d6b1bec4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.46.39
Online Media:

Poster for The Crimson Skull

Created by:
Norman Studios, American, 1920 - 1928  Search this
Subject of:
Bill Pickett, American, 1870 - 1932  Search this
Steve Reynolds, American, 1892 - 1945  Search this
Anita Bush, American, 1883 - 1974  Search this
Lawrence Chenault, American, 1877 - 1943  Search this
Printed by:
Ritchey Litho Company, American, 1915 - 1928  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions:
H x W: 41 7/8 × 27 11/16 in. (106.3 × 70.3 cm)
Type:
posters
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
United States, North and Central America
Place filmed:
Boley, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1922
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Film  Search this
Race films  Search this
Western films  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.118.25
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Exhibition:
Taking the Stage
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd509c56f60-e84b-4a18-b60f-a0a6465c2832
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.118.25
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Spirit of Youth

Directed by:
Harry L. Fraser, American, 1889 - 1974  Search this
Written by:
Arthur Hoerl, American, 1891 - 1968  Search this
Subject of:
Joe Louis, American, 1914 - 1981  Search this
Edna Mae Harris, American, 1910 - 1997  Search this
Mantan Moreland, American, 1902 - 1973  Search this
Tom Southern, American, 1906 - 1980  Search this
Jess Lee Brooks, American, 1894 - 1944  Search this
Marguerite Whitten, American, 1913 - 1990  Search this
Clarence Brooks, American, 1896 - 1969  Search this
Mae Turner, American, 1908 - 1999  Search this
Clarence Edouard Muse, American, 1889 - 1979  Search this
Cleo Desmond, American, 1880 - 1958  Search this
Jewel Smith  Search this
The Plantation Chior  Search this
The Creole Chorus  Search this
The Big Apple Dancers  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Duration: 65 Minutes
Length (Film Reel 1): 1300 Feet
Length (Film Reel 2): 1100 Feet
Type:
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
release prints (motion pictures)
feature films
16mm (photographic film size)
Place filmed:
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States, North and Central America
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1938
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Boxing  Search this
Families  Search this
Race films  Search this
Sports  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Randall and Sam Nieman
Object number:
2015.167.19.1ab
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5bf4e5135-24a5-455c-9f43-3a89238779e2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.167.19.1ab

The Exile

Directed by:
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951  Search this
Written by:
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951  Search this
Produced by:
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951  Search this
Subject of:
Eunice Brooks, American  Search this
Stanley Morrell  Search this
Celeste Cole, American, 1908 - 1984  Search this
Kathleen Noisette, American, 1903 - 1935  Search this
Charles R. Moore, American, 1893 - 1947  Search this
Nora Newsome, American, 1893 - 1987  Search this
George Elwood Randol, American, 1895 - 1973  Search this
A.B. DeComathiere, American, 1877 - 1940  Search this
Carl Mahon, American, 1906 - 1992  Search this
Lou Vernon, Australian, 1888 - 1971  Search this
Louise Cook  Search this
Ronald Holder, American, born 1911  Search this
Donald Heywood, American, 1896 - 1967  Search this
Owned by:
Pearl Bowser, American, born 1931  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Physical extent (film) (a): 1140 ft
Duration (a): 32 min.
Physical extent (film) (b): 1000 ft
Duration (b): 28 min.
Physical extent (film) (c): 700 ft
Duration (c): 19 min.
Type:
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
feature films
16mm (photographic film size)
Place filmed:
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
South Dakota, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1931
Topic:
African American  Search this
American West  Search this
Film  Search this
Literature  Search this
Race films  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pearl Bowser
Object number:
2012.79.1.30.1abc
Restrictions & Rights:
Public Domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Pearl Bowser Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd53b918589-ab86-4c18-9355-a59b13022dee
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.79.1.30.1abc

Lobby card for Pinky

Distributed by:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation, American, founded 1935  Search this
Subject of:
Darryl F. Zanuck, American, 1902 - 1979  Search this
Jeanne Crain, American, 1925 - 2003  Search this
Ethel Barrymore, American, 1879 - 1959  Search this
Ethel Waters, American, 1896 - 1977  Search this
William Lundigan, American, 1914 - 1975  Search this
Darryl F. Zanuck, American, 1902 - 1979  Search this
Elia Kazan, Greek American, 1909 - 2003  Search this
Philip Dunne, American, 1908 - 1992  Search this
Dudley Nichols, American, 1895 - 1960  Search this
Cid Ricketts Sumner, American, 1890 - 1970  Search this
National Screen Service, American, 1920 - 2000  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Type:
lobby cards
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
Date:
1949
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Race films  Search this
Race relations  Search this
U.S. History, 1945-1953  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.118.132.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
A Cinema Apart: African American Film Memorabilia (Larry Richards Collection)
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd56404d8e0-6d60-4c01-8411-8cc3067599c8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.118.132.1
Online Media:

Lobby card for A Raisin in the Sun with autograph of Sidney Poitier

Subject of:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., founded 1919  Search this
Sidney Poitier, Bahamian American, 1927 - 2022  Search this
Claudia McNeil, American, 1917 - 1993  Search this
Ruby Dee, American, 1924 - 2014  Search this
Lorraine Hansberry, American, 1930 - 1965  Search this
Philip Rose, 1921 - 2011  Search this
David J. Cogan, Romanian American, died 2002  Search this
David Howard Susskind, American, 1920 - 1987  Search this
Daniel Mannix Petrie, Canadian, 1920 - 2004  Search this
Signed by:
Sidney Poitier, Bahamian American, 1927 - 2022  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 11 1/16 × 14 in. (28.1 × 35.6 cm)
Type:
lobby cards
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
Date:
1961
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Film  Search this
Hollywood (Film)  Search this
Race films  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.118.134.6
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1961 Columbia Pictures Corporation. Permission required for use.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
A Cinema Apart: African American Film Memorabilia (Larry Richards Collection)
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5ce35c2c7-c3d5-4ca5-b659-20d2b223c538
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.118.134.6
Online Media:

Miracle in Harlem

Directed by:
Jack Kemp  Search this
Written by:
Vincent Andrew Valentini, American, 1895 - 1948  Search this
Subject of:
Sheila Guyse, American, 1925 - 2013  Search this
Hilda Offley, American, 1894 - 1968  Search this
William Greaves, American, 1926 - 2014  Search this
Sybil Lewis, American, 1919 - 1988  Search this
Kenneth Freeman, American, 1917 - 1991  Search this
John L. Criner, American, 1898 - 1965  Search this
Monte Hawley, American, 1901 - 1950  Search this
Juano Hernández, 1896 - 1970  Search this
Henry Gines  Search this
Don De Leo, Italian, 1904 - 1979  Search this
Creighton Thompson, American, 1889 - 1969  Search this
Ruble Blakey, American, 1911 - 1992  Search this
Alfred George Chester, American, 1900 - 1978  Search this
Stepin Fetchit, American, 1902 - 1985  Search this
Jack Carter, American, 1902 - 1967  Search this
Milton Williams, American, 1907 - 1995  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Duration: 69 Minutes
Length (Film Reel 1): 1350 Feet
Length (Film Reel 2): 1200 Feet
Type:
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
feature films
16mm (photographic film size)
Place depicted:
Harlem, New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1948
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Families  Search this
Race films  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Randall and Sam Nieman
Object number:
2015.167.15.1ab
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd51ab239c7-7392-4d2f-8ce6-9ec98c9c4c49
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.167.15.1ab

Dark Manhattan

Directed by:
Harry L. Fraser, American, 1889 - 1974  Search this
Written by:
George Elwood Randol, American, 1895 - 1973  Search this
Produced by:
George Elwood Randol, American, 1895 - 1973  Search this
Ralph Cooper, American, 1908 - 1992  Search this
Subject of:
Ralph Cooper, American, 1908 - 1992  Search this
Cleo Herndon, American, 1908 - 1994  Search this
Clarence Brooks, American, 1896 - 1969  Search this
Jess Lee Brooks, American, 1894 - 1944  Search this
Samuel Rufus McDaniel, American, 1886 - 1962  Search this
Corny Anderson, American, 1897 - 1966  Search this
Rubeline Glover, American, 1911 - 1996  Search this
James Adamson, American, 1896 - 1956  Search this
Medium:
acetate film, cardboard, metal and nylon
Dimensions:
Duration (digital file): 1 hr., 9 min., 45 sec.
Physical extent (film) (reel 1): 1050 ft
Physical extent (film) (reel 2): 1300 ft
Type:
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
release prints (motion pictures)
feature films
16mm (photographic film size)
Place depicted:
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place filmed:
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1937
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Race films  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Randall and Sam Nieman
Object number:
2015.167.5.1abc
Restrictions & Rights:
Public Domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd50924722d-5fd0-41a5-8b99-148512dd023a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.167.5.1abc

Program for Swing

Distributed by:
Micheaux Film and Book Company, American, 1918 - 1940  Search this
Produced by:
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951  Search this
Subject of:
Cora Green, American, born 1895  Search this
Alex Lovejoy, American, 1893 - 1946  Search this
Hazel Diaz, American, 1908 - 1997  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions:
H x W: 7 13/16 × 10 in. (19.9 × 25.4 cm)
Type:
programs
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
Date:
1938
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Independent films  Search this
Race films  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.118.278
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5ca3d4d04-3cd6-4825-b6a8-55d5f82b19be
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.118.278
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Poster for Lying Lips

Distributed by:
Micheaux Film and Book Company, American, 1918 - 1940  Search this
Subject of:
Edna Mae Harris, American, 1910 - 1997  Search this
Carman Newsome, 1912 - 1974  Search this
Robert Earl Jones, American, 1910 - 2006  Search this
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions:
H x W (image): 38 15/16 × 25 in. (98.9 × 63.5 cm)
H x W (sheet): 40 7/8 × 26 15/16 in. (103.8 × 68.5 cm)
Type:
posters
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
Date:
1939
Topic:
African American  Search this
Film  Search this
Race films  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.118.56
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Exhibition:
Taking the Stage
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd54ba4be54-794b-4383-ba43-370b93fbb820
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.118.56
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Double Deal

Directed by:
Arthur Dreifuss, German American, 1908 - 1993  Search this
Produced by:
George Elwood Randol, American, 1895 - 1973  Search this
Arthur Ray, American, 1888 - 1942  Search this
Distributed by:
Sack Amusement Enterprises, American, 1920 - 1979  Search this
Subject of:
Monte Hawley, American, 1901 - 1950  Search this
Jeni LeGon, American, 1916 - 2012  Search this
Edward Thompson, American, 1898 - 1960  Search this
Freddie Jackson, American, 1919 - 1995  Search this
Buck Woods, American, 1905 - 1974  Search this
Tom Southern, American, 1906 - 1980  Search this
Florence O'Brien, American, 1912 - 2006  Search this
Maceo Bruce Sheffield, American, 1897 - 1959  Search this
Vernon McCalla, Jamaican, 1905 - 1968  Search this
Flournoy Miller, American, 1885 - 1971  Search this
Shelton Brooks, Canadian, 1886 - 1975  Search this
Charles Hawkins, American  Search this
Charles Gordon, American, 1914 - 1939  Search this
Arthur Ray, American, 1888 - 1942  Search this
Composed by:
Peter Tinturin, American, 1910 - 2007  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Duration: 60 Minutes
Length (Film Reel 1): 1050 Feet
Length (Film Reel 2): 1100 Feet
Type:
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
release prints (motion pictures)
feature films
16mm (photographic film size)
Place depicted:
Harlem, New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place filmed:
United States, North and Central America
Date:
1939
Topic:
African American  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Race films  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Randall and Sam Nieman
Object number:
2015.167.7.1ab
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5cac134e4-037d-42ef-ba8e-e9551301b8ac
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.167.7.1ab

Film clip of Bessie Smith singing in St. Louis Blues

Directed by:
Dudley Murphy, American, 1897 - 1968  Search this
Produced by:
W. C. Handy, American, 1873 - 1958  Search this
Subject of:
Bessie Smith, American, 1894 - 1937  Search this
Hall Johnson Choir, American, founded 1925  Search this
Johnny Lee Jr., American, 1898 - 1965  Search this
Distributed by:
Sack Amusement Enterprises, American, 1920 - 1979  Search this
Owned by:
Ernie Smith, American, ca. 1925 - 2004  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Duration (digital file): 00:04:48
Physical extent (film): 220 ft
Type:
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
16mm (photographic film size)
Place filmed:
Astoria, New York City, Queens County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1929
Topic:
African American  Search this
Film  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Race films  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Anonymous Gift in memory of Ernest (Ernie) R. Smith, Jazz Historian
Object number:
2015.275.34.1a
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd541080abd-7240-4e17-bfcb-c80d20d63e16
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.275.34.1a

Window card for A Daughter of the Congo

Distributed by:
Micheaux Film and Book Company, American, 1918 - 1940  Search this
Directed by:
Oscar Micheaux, American, 1884 - 1951  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions:
H x W: 22 × 14 1/4 in. (55.9 × 36.2 cm)
Type:
window cards
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
Date:
1930
Topic:
African American  Search this
Africa  Search this
Independent films  Search this
Race films  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Stereotypes  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.118.148
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5ddf3db20-f6e6-4db3-9702-26e90ac612d0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.118.148
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