News & Events Archive

The Big Read

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Washington University, in partnership with Edison Theatre, Metro Theatre Company, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis Public Library and the Regional Arts Commission, is producing a mulitdisciplinary program, The Big Read in January, 2009.

Events include lectures, readings, theatre productions, book discussion groups and film festivals on the the themes of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

A schedule of events can be found here.


Announcing a new contest

The William Miles Prize

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In honor of documentary filmmaker William Miles, director of I Remember Harlem, students are invited to submit an essay or research project that makes significant use of rare or unique materials from the archive. The Film and Media Archive houses materials that covers a wide range of subjects including: the Civil Rights Movement, the Great Depression, 20th-century African American culture and arts, African Americans in the military, African Americans in Science, African decolonization movements, urban life in America, and many other topics related to 20th-century American history and culture.


For Contest Details click here. (pdf)
The prize in both categories is $500.
Deadline: April 1, 2009
Co-sponsored by the Film and Media Archive and the African American Studies Program.


New Film and Media Archive Website

In June/July of 2007 the Film and Media Archive at Washington University deployed a new version of their website. Including a cleaner interface and stronger organization, the new website will make the collections at the Film and Media archive easier to see and use for a larger population, particularly important as the archive closes on making more resources available on the website.

Film and Media Archive Essay Contests

Undergraduate Essay Contest
Deadline: April 1, 2008
Prize: $500
Click here for guidelines.

Graduate Essay Contest
Deadline: April 1, 2008
Prize: $500
Click here for guidelines.

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Exhibition: Eyes on the Prize I and II: Documenting the Civil Rights Movement

September 8 - December 21
Grand Staircase Lobby, Olin Library, Level 1

In conjunction with the rebroadcast of this landmark documentary, this exhibition focuses on the creation of Eyes on the Prize, from producer Henry Hampton's early efforts to its highly successful broadcast on PBS 20 years ago, and the influence the series still has today. Materials from the Libraries' Film and Media Archive, including scripts, transcripts, photos, and books, will be on view.

Article: Washington University Record article on the exhibition

Live Video Conference in the Film and Media Archive, February 1, 2007.

The Film and Media archive partnered with RoundTrips to present a live video conference with students from Wydown Middle School. Ron Himes, Henry E. Hampton, Jr. Artist-in-Residence and Founder and Producing Director of the Black Repertory Theatre, David Rowntree, Head of the Film and Media Archive, and Jonathan Smith, Professor of American Studies at St. Louis University, participated in this conference which explores the creation of "Crossin' Over."

Video Conference, February 1, 2007


Spring Exhibit in Olin Library

America at the Racial Crossroads, 1965-mid 1980's
January 22 - March 31, 2008


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Eyes on the Prize Rebroadcast

Mondays, October 2, 9, 16
9:00-11:00 p.m.
PBS, American Experience

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Eyes on the Prize, the seminal civil rights documentary, originally aired in 1987. To mark the 20th anniversary of the program, PBS's American Experience will show the first six episodes of the film this October. In St. Louis, viewers can see the episodes on KETC/Channel 9.

Eyes on the Prize was produced by Blackside, Inc. Henry Hampton (1940-1998), a St. Louis native and 1961 graduate of WU, established Blackside, the largest African-American-owned film production company of its time. He became one of the world's most respected documentary filmmakers.

The materials used to create Eyes and Blackside's other documentaries are now housed in WU Libraries' Film and Media Archive. The 35,000-plus items in the Henry Hampton Collection include film and videotape (570 hours of original footage and 730 hours of stock footage), photographs, scripts, storyboards, producer's notes, interviews, music, narration, posters, study guides, books, and other materials.