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I'll Make Me a World [production] Papers


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I'll Make Me a World [Outreach and Publicity Materials], Box 1

I'll Make Me a World [Research], Box 1-2

I'll Make Me a World [Stills Research], Box 1-3

I'll Make Me a World [Photos]

I'll Make Me a World [Production Files]

I'll Make Me a World [Cue Sheets], Box 1

I'll Make Me a World [Transcripts, Scripts, Outlines], Box 1-2

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Title: I'll Make Me a World [production] Papers, 1997-1999Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1997-1999

ID: FMA/FMA0002d

Primary Creator: Blackside, Inc.

Extent: 45.0 Linear Feet

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The I’ll Make Me a World [production] Papers form a small portion of the larger Henry Hampton Collection. Included are research materials containing biographical information, articles and bibliographies collected for notable individuals including African American artists, writers, actors, and musicians, as well as general research materials on broader subjects related to African American life and art. Also includes are photographs; productions files for individuals involved in the creation of "I'll Make Me a World" such as Betty Ciccarelli, Paul Massari, Katy Mostoller, David Carnochan, Denise Greene, Tanayi Seabrook, and Sarah Wolozin, Wesley Jones, and Sam Pollard; interview transcripts; scripts; and outreach and publicity materials including magazine ads, press releases, postcards, brochures, educational materials, and materials for the I'll Make Me a World website.

Collection Historical Note

In 1999, Blackside, Inc. received $800,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to produce I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts, a 6-part series on the history of African-American arts in the 20th century narrated by Vanessa Williams. Winner of the 1999 Peabody Award, I’ll Make Me a World is divided into three two-hour parts exploring literature, poetry, music, visual arts, theater, and dance. The first, Lift Every Voice: 1900- 1934, examines the artistic development of African- Americans from the turn of the century to the Harlem Renaissance. The second, Stormy Weather: 1935-1963, focuses on African roots, protest genres, and avant-garde styles from the Depression era to the Cold War. The last, Re:Creation: 1964-The Present, looks at contemporary trends in African-American art, from the Black Arts Movement until today.

Blackside, Inc. was a Boston-based company established by Henry Hampton (1940-98) in 1968, Hampton’s works chronicle the 20th century’s great political and social movements, focusing on the lives of the poor and disenfranchised. Best known of Hampton’s 60-plus major film and media projects was the 14-part series Eyes on the Prize which ran in primetime on PBS stations in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Twenty years after its release it is still considered the definitive work on the Civil Rights Movement. Hampton’s other documentaries include The Great Depression (1993), Malcolm X: Make It Plain (1994), America’s War on Poverty (1995), Breakthrough: The Changing Face of Science in America (1997), Hopes on the Horizon (1999) and This Far by Faith (2003).

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Repository: FMA Film & Media Archive

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Some material may be restricted due to personal financial issues (Social Security numbers, etc.).  Please contact staff for more information.

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: The collection was obtained from the Civil Rights Project, Inc. in 2001 and subsequent materials were obtained from Blackside, Inc. in 2002 and 2003.

Related Materials: The Henry Hampton Collection

Preferred Citation: [Name of the Collection], Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections.

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[Series 1: I'll Make Me a World [Outreach and Publicity Materials], Box 1, circa 1997-1999],
[Series 2: I'll Make Me a World [Research], Box 1-2],
[Series 3: I'll Make Me a World [Stills Research], Box 1-3],
[Series 4: I'll Make Me a World [Photos]],
[Series 5: I'll Make Me a World [Production Files]],
[Series 6: I'll Make Me a World [Cue Sheets], Box 1],
[Series 7: I'll Make Me a World [Transcripts, Scripts, Outlines], Box 1-2, c1997-1998 (Created)],

Series 1: I'll Make Me a World [Outreach and Publicity Materials], Box 1, circa 1997-1999Add to your cart.

Contains promotional materials, magazine ads, press releases, postcards, brochures, educational materials, and materials for the "I'll Make Me a World" website.

Box 01 - Includes a "Publishing, Education and Community Outreach Proposal.” Includes lists of schools, museums and bookstores which Blackside hoped to involve in outreach programs. Includes correspondence and memoranda of phone calls requesting artists profiled in the series to appear at public relations events in numerous cities. Includes schedules of these events, and public appearances which the producers of the series made for promotional purposes. Includes materials relating to meetings held with advisors in preparation for production of the series, including a transcript of an advisor's meeting held December 2, 1995, and an agenda for an advisor's meeting held December 19, 1996. Includes a schedule and biography of speakers for the Blackside "school," internal education workshop held May 16-18, 1997, in Boston, to familiarize Blackside staff with the subject matters featured in the production. Website information includes flowchart, copyrights information, and "Artist Information" forms filled out for prominently featured artists. Also includes various materials associated with "I'll Make Me a World." Includes budgets and grant proposals prepared for the National Endowment for the Arts. Includes correspondence with various foundations and corporations seeking grants to fund the project. These include Nation's Bank, Chisolm-Mingo, Fleet Bank, Nissan Motor Corporation, Louis Armstrong Foundation, Texaco, Resnicow, Avis, Fidelity, BBD&O, the Joyce Foundation and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation. Includes an early proposal for corporate sponsorship "opportunities" which refers to the project by its working title "The African American Century." Includes a file labeled "Arts Business File" with various administrative information. Also has subscription information for "Jazz Heritage" magazine.

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