SMU Digital Collections

Stills from Broken Earth, The Blood of Jesus, and Boogie Woogie Blues

Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection

Stills from Broken Earth, The Blood of Jesus, and Boogie Woogie Blues

Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A.

Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A.

Girl in Room 20

Girl in Room 20
Juke Joint

Juke Joint

Murder in Harlem

Murder in Harlem

Souls of Sin

Souls of Sin

The Vanities

The Vanities

About the Collection

Holding library: G. William Jones Film and Video Collection, Hamon Arts Library

By-Line Newsreel #1

Overview

The Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection is part of the extensive moving image holdings of the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection (formerly the Southwest Film/Video Archive). The G. William Jones Film and Video Collection is part of the Hamon Arts Library.

Collection Materials

The Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection comprises 6 short subjects, 9 features, and a set of newsreels, all produced between 1935 and 1956. The African-American films include comedies, dramas, news, and musical performances, and were made outside the Hollywood system by pioneering directors and producers such as Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, and William Alexander.

Movies from the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection are presented as streaming video files in this digital collection. A DVD set containing a selection of 3 short subjects, 7 features, a set of newsreels, and introductions for each film is available for purchase while supplies last.

Miracle in HarlemThe films include Boogie Woogie Blues, Broken Earth, By-Line Newsreel #1, By-Line Newsreel #2, By-Line Newsreel #3, By-Line Newsreel #4, Girl in Room 20, Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A., Juke Joint, Midnight Shadow, Miracle in Harlem, Murder in Harlem, Souls of Sin, The Blood of Jesus, The Vanities, and Where's My Man To-Nite.

 

The Sulphur Springs Collection of Pre-Nickelodeon Films is one of a family of digital collections that focus on moving pictures from the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection.

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Items in SMU Libraries Digital collections are digitized following the nCDS Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the nCDS Filenaming, Workflow, and Metadata Guidelines, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.

Please cite G. William Jones Film and Video Collection, Southern Methodist University when using these video files.

For more information about the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection and the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection at SMU’s Hamon Arts Library, please contact filmarchive@smu.edu.