Film & Media Archive

Rawstock: Free screening of educational films in Olin Library, April 12, 7:00 PM

By Alison Carrick on April 9, 2018

Free screening of educational films from the University Libraries Film & Media Archives curated by Kate Goldkamp. All films will be projected for you on actual 16mm film that was shown in real classrooms across the St. Louis area. Do not miss this unique event’s triumphant return to the Danfo...

Remembering Linda Brown of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision

By Alison Carrick on March 29, 2018

Linda Brown Smith whose name became synonymous with the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education has died at age 76,  the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Linda Brown Smith was interviewed by Blackside for the series Eyes on the Prize, and while the interview was not used in the final program it ...

Highlighting Author and Activist Maya Angelou

By Rose Miyatsu on March 22, 2018

“While you’re in this fabulous institution, Washington University, I would encourage all of you – black and white, Asians and Hispanics, native Americans – to avail yourselves of the library. Study…learn some of the black American literature. It will stand you in good stead in years to come.” –Ma...

WU’s Film & Media Archive Completes Preservation of Rare Documentary

By Jody Mitori on March 21, 2018

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has successfully completed the preservation of Code Blue, a 1972 recruitment film aimed at bringing minorities into the medical profession. The project was completed with the support of a Basic Preservation Grant from the National Film...

Highlighting War Correspondent Martha Gellhorn

By Rose Miyatsu on March 8, 2018

For International Women’s Day, we are highlighting the work of international war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Martha Gellhorn was born in St. Louis in 1908. Her mother, Edna Gellhorn, was a well-known supporter of women’s suffrage, and brought Martha with her to political events when she ...

Henry Hampton in Selma

By Alison Carrick on March 7, 2018

March 7 marks the 53rd anniversary of a pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement: Bloody Sunday. Henry Hampton traveled to Selma, Alabama after Martin Luther King issued a call for support from civil rights activists. On Sunday March 7, 1965 civil rights activists first attempted to march from ...

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

By Alison Carrick on February 28, 2018

The Film & Media Archive holds a copy of the very rare comic, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Gathered by filmmaker Henry Hampton for the series Eyes on the Prize, it is part of the remarkable legacy of the civil rights movement that continues to have an impact today. P...

Highlighting Author and Activist James Baldwin

By Rose Miyatsu on February 27, 2018

James Baldwin was a leading literary voice of the civil rights movement. Over his career, he wrote over a dozen novels and essay collections as well as a handful of plays, short stories, and poems. He became very active in Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating...

Malcolm X: Make It Plain

By Alison Carrick on February 21, 2018

Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom fifty-three years ago on February 21, 1965. In 1994, Blackside, Inc. and ROJA Productions produced a full length biography of his life for American Masters. Many of the film materials created or gathered for this production are held by the Washin...