Film & Media Archive

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...

New Malcolm X Documentary Features Footage from Washington University Archives

By Rose Miyatsu on February 20, 2018

This February 26th, the Smithsonian Channel will be airing a new documentary about civil rights leader Malcolm X, the charismatic spokesperson of Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam. The documentary, titled The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X , is part of the Smithsonian Channel’s Lost Tapes series and highl...

‘More Than One Thing’ to screen this weekend

By Alison Carrick on February 9, 2018

More Than One Thing, A recently preserved film from Washington University Libraries’ collections will screen this weekend with The Pruitt-Igoe Myth at Kirkwood Public Library. Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive recently completed the preservation of the rare short fil...

Highlighting the Little Rock Nine Interviews

By Rose Miyatsu on February 1, 2018

This month, Special Collections Blog will be highlighting a few of our many collections on African American history. Some of our most interesting material comes from the Henry Hampton Collection and the interviews he conducted for his fourteen part PBS documentary series, Eyes on the Prize. Eyes ...

Free Screening of ‘Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart’ Takes Place January 25

By Julie Hale on January 11, 2018

The next entry in the Henry Hampton Film Series, Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart, will be screened on Thursday, January 25 at 4 p.m. in Whitaker Hall Auditorium on the Danforth Campus of Washington University. The documentary film looks at the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), the pla...