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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

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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 2: I'll Make Me a World [Research], Box 1-2Add to your cart.

Includes documents relating to production research for "I'll Make Me a World." Includes biographical information, articles and bibliographies. Materials are 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.

Box 01 - Contains biographies on the following: Alvin Ailey; Chris Albertson; Ira Aldridge; Charles Alston; Jacques d'Ambroise; Benny Andrews; Maya Angelou; Louis Armstrong; James Baldwin; Toni Cade Bambara; Amina Baraka; Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones); Jean-Michel Basquat; Romare Bearden; Sidney Bechet; Harry Belafonte; Coby Bell; Gwendolyn Bennett : Lerone Bennett, Jr.; Chuck Berry; Mary McLeod Bethune; John Biggers; Camille Billops; Robert Blackburn; Eubie Blake; Nora Brooks Blakely; Buddy Bolden; Perry Bradford; Gwendolyn Brooks; James Brown; Lloyd Brown; Oscar Brown Jr.; Tony Brown; Delores Browne; Robert Brustein; Charles Burrett; Busta Rhymes; Cab Calloway; Elizabeth Catlett; Mary Schmidt Campbell; Dana Chandler; Kenny Clarke; Lucille Clifton; George Clinton; Nat King Cole; Ornette Coleman; Janet Collins; John Coltrane; Will Marion Cook; Bill Cosby; Ernest Crichlow; Stanley Crouch; Countee Cullen; Sean Curran; Cypress Hill; Dorothy Dandridge; Julie Dash; Miles Davis; Ossie Davis; Sammy Davis Jr.; Ruby Dee; De La Soul; Warren "Baby" Dodds; Johnny Dodds; Jeff Donaldson; Thomas Dorsey; Aaron Douglas; W.E.B. DuBois; Gerald Early; Duke Ellington; Ralph Ellison; James Reese Europe; Jesse Redmon Fauset; Fisk Jubilee Singers; Aretha Franklin; the Fugees; Edmund Barry Gaither; Gang Starr; Herbert Gentry; Haile Gerima; Dizzy Gillespie; Nikki Giovanni; Savion Glover; Whoopi Goldberg; Brenda Dixon Gottschild; Uta Hagen; Alex Haley; Wynn Handman; William Christopher Handy; Lorraine Hansberry; Coleman Hawkins; Riva Helfond; Nat Hentoff; Earl Hines; Lena Horne; Reginald Hudlin; Langston Hughes; Alberta Hunter; Zora Neale Hurston; Mahalia Jackson; Michael Jackson; Judith Jamison; Blind Lemon Jefferson; Charles Spurgeon Johnson; George Johnson; James P. Johnson; James Weldon Johnson; Joseph Johnson; Noble Johnson; Virginia Johnson; William H. Johnson; Bill T. Jones; James Earl Jones; Kellie Jones; Quincy Jones; June Jordan; Freddie Keppard; Woodie King Jr.; Maxine Hong Kingston; Eartha Kitt; Etheridge Knight; Gwendolyn Knight; Hilton Kramer; KRS-One; Nella Larsen; Jacob Lawrence; Leaders of the New School; Spike Lee; Alain Locke; Audre Lorde; Haki Madhubuti (Don Lee); Malcolm X (Malcolm Little); Wynton Marsalis; Kerry James Marshall; Curtis Mayfield; Christian McBride; Dianne McIntyre; Claude McKay; Richard Milner; Oscar Micheaux; Arthur Mitchell; Thelonius Monk; Jessica Care Moore; Toni Morrison; Jelly Roll Morton; Gloria Naylor; Joe "King" Oliver; Edward "Kid" Ory; Harry Pace; Charlie Parker; Gordon Parks; Charley Patton; Nicholas Payton; John Pierson; Howardena Pindell; Sidney Poitier; Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Leontyne Price; Public Enemy; Queen Latifah (Dana Owens); Sun Ra; Bruce Raeburn; Ma Rainey; Dudley Randall; Ishmael Reed; Martha Reeves; Charlene Regester; Lloyd Richards; Faith Ringgold; Max Roach; Marcus Roberts; Paul Robeson; Smokey Robinson; Tricia Rose; Helena Rosen; Tony Russo; Run DMC; Salt-n-Pepa; Sonia Sanchez; Raymond Jennings Saunders; Augusta Savage; Gunther Schuller; Ntozake Shange; Jesse Shipp; Bessie Smith; Mamie Smith; Vincent Smith; Gloria Steinem; Sugarhill Gang; the Supremes; Henry Ossawa Tanner; Billy Taylor; Clyde Taylor; The Temptations; Henry Wallace Thurman; Jean Toomer; Melvin Van Peebles; Sarah Vaughan; Ben Vereen.

Box 02 - Contains other research. Includes: Arts bibliography - recommended readings - General; Arts bibliography - recommended readings - Individual Artists; Arts bibliography - recommended readings - Weblinks; Bios - Imman Website; General articles - Film; General articles - Theater; General articles - Dance; General articles - Music; General articles - Visual Arts; General articles - Music; General - Panels - Opening, Community; General - Panels - Literature; General - Panels - Film, Theater, Dance; General - Panels - Visual Arts; General - Panels - Music; General - Panels - Millenium; General - Panels - Guest Artists; Hollywood projects; Hollywood Reporter articles; Integration articles; King press clippings; Multiple artists - bios.

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