Film & Media Archive

Still from "Won by a Sweet"

Film & Media Archive Completes Preservation of Rare Promotional Film

By Julie Hale on May 13, 2019

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has successfully completed the preservation of Won by a Sweet, a rare silent 16mm promotional film from 1929. The film was produced by R.P. Young Productions for the National Confectioners’ Association (NCA). The project was completed ...

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy at Washington University

By Alison Carrick on April 4, 2019

On the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, we’d like to celebrate his legacy and highlight some of the resources available in Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections. In 1957 Martin Luther King, Jr. visited St. Louis and spoke at t...

Film & Media Archive Receives Grant to Digitize “Eyes on the Prize II” Footage

By Julie Hale on April 2, 2019

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a grant of $226,392 to Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive to fund the Eyes on the Prize II Interview Digitization and Dissemination Project. The project will digitize 106 hours from the original 16 mm camera negati...

Eyes on the Prize Receives the 2019 Cinema Eye Legacy Award

By Alison Carrick on January 24, 2019

Eyes on the Prize receives the 2019 Cinema Eye Legacy Award We are excited to announce that Eyes on the Prize is the recipient of the 2019 Cinema Eye Legacy Award. This award is given in recognition of a influential work of nonfiction film that continues to inspire new generations of filmmakers. ...

Archives Month Staff Picks, Part 3: The Making of Major Collections

By Rose Miyatsu on October 29, 2018

Today we are wrapping up Archives Month with a third and final installment of our “Staff Picks” series, for which some of our staff members in Special Collections have picked a notable underused or underappreciated item to highlight from our collections. In this post, we will be looking at some i...

October Is American Archives Month!

By Rose Miyatsu on October 5, 2018

Celebrate American Archives Month October is American Archives Month, established to draw attention to the important materials that are being preserved in library archives throughout the country. The new renovation to Olin Library has made Washington University Libraries’ archives even more...

A Film About Mexican-American Heritage from the Archives

By Rose Miyatsu on October 1, 2018

Old educational films can give us a glimpse into how average Americans were being taught about pivotal moments in our nation’s history. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to highlight one such educational film from 1971, The Mexican-American: Heritage and Destiny. Created in the m...

Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington

By Alison Carrick on August 31, 2018

This week marks the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The success of this peaceful march, which attracted an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people on August 28, 1963, was the culmination of twenty years of planning and organizing by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rust...

Still from "Won by a Sweet"

Libraries Awarded NFPF Grant to Preserve Rare Promotional Film

By Jody Mitori on July 19, 2018

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) to preserve Won by a Sweet, a rare silent 16mm promotional film from 1929. The film was produced by R.P. Young Productions for the National Confectioners’ Assoc...

Grant Provides Funds to Digitize Interviews from ‘Black Champions’

By Jody Mitori on July 13, 2018

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has awarded a grant of $27,228 to Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive to fund the project “Level Playing Field: Digitizing and Disseminating William Miles’ Black Champions Interviews.” The yearlong grant wil...