Film & Media Archive

Honoring “Black Champions” Interviewee Rafer Johnson (1934-2020)

By Washington University Libraries on December 7, 2020

Rafer Johnson, Olympic gold medalist, humanitarian, and actor, passed away on December 2, 2020. Johnson won the silver medal in the decathlon at the 1956 Olympics and came back to win the gold in 1960. After his athletic career was over, Johnson was instrumental in organizing and promoting the Sp...

Film & Media Archive Receives Gift of Archival Materials from Kartemquin Films

By Washington University Libraries on November 16, 2020

The award-winning nonprofit production company Kartemquin Films is donating the physical materials in its archives to Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive (FMA). Since its founding in 1966 by a collective of working filmmakers, Kartemquin has produced 70+ documentary films th...

C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Pioneer and Missouri Native, Dies at 95

By Washington University Libraries on July 23, 2020

“It was the Freedom Riders in Parchman [the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman], where we created new songs as well as sang freedom songs. The joy of the place was there as we sang. Guards and so forth did not understand it. I remember making up songs one Sunday morning as we created our ...

John Lewis

Celebrating John Lewis

By Alison Carrick on July 21, 2020

Representative John Lewis died on July 17, 2020 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a pivotal figure of Civil Rights Movement and was involved in several major campaigns and actions throughout his life. Interviews with him were featured in the documentary series, Eyes on the Prize, and ...

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Greetings from St. Louis

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 8, 2020

Virtual Adventure This morning, I attended a wonderful conference in Massachusetts. Well, technically, I was in St. Louis working from home (#ArchivesAtHome), and the Digital Commonwealth Conference 2020 was going out virtually from Massachusetts (with a keynote address from North Carolina). The ...

Film & Media Archive Completes Preservation of Rare Documentary Film

By Washington University Libraries on February 24, 2020

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has successfully completed the preservation and digitization of the film Listen to a Stranger: An Interview with Gordon Parks (1973). The project was completed with the support of a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation ...

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Love is Love in the Library

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 14, 2020

The exhibit It’s Complicated: Documents of Love features items related to love drawn from the Department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.

From love letters and poetry, to romantic comics, dance cards, and heartbreak, many stories and relationships are highlighted -- i...

Film & Media Archive Completes Grant-Funded Digitization Project

By Barry Kelley on October 16, 2019

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has successfully completed the project “Level Playing Field: Digitizing and Disseminating William Miles’ Black Champions Interviews.” The project was completed with the support of a 2018 grant from the National Historical Publications ...