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Guide to the Oscar Micheaux Society Papers, 1976-2004

Abstract

The Oscar Micheaux Society formed in the early 1990s to promote the study of the early African-American film director, writer, and producer Oscar Micheaux.

Oscar Micheaux Society newsletters, production files, administrative materials, and correspondence regarding grants, restoration projects, Micheaux-related events and exhibits, and black film scholarship.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Oscar Micheaux Society.
Title
Oscar Micheaux Society papers 1976-2004
Language of Material
English
Extent
4.5 Linear Feet, 3375 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

This collection contains copies of the first eleven issues of the Oscar Micheaux Society Newsletter, along with files relating to the production of those newsletters. (Beginning with the twelfth issue in 2004, the newsletter was published electronically.) There are several files of proposals, budgets, and correspondence from the many grant applications by which the organization attempted to secure funding for its book and restoration projects. The collection also contains information and programs from a variety of Micheaux-related events and exhibits; newspaper and magazine articles about Oscar Micheaux; resources and scholarship about Micheaux and black film generally; and a large number of photos, stills, and visual materials.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Oscar Micheaux Society correspondence, including extensive e-mail exchanges between the newsletters editors and contributors.

Barbara White correspondence, 1996
Box 1
Campaign to nominate Ben Rinaldo to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2000
Box 1
Dorothy Dandridge photo correspondence, 1998
Box 1
General correspondence, 1991-1994
Box 1
Micheaux book correspondence, 1995-1996
Box 1
Newsletter correspondence, 1991-1997
Box 1
Pearl Bowser/Charlie Musser correspondence, 1994-1995
Box 1
Smithsonian Press correspondence, 1998
Box 1
TCM Micheaux restoration correspondence, 1996-1997
Box 1
William Greaves correspondence, 1994
Box 1

Programs, guides, and information from a variety of Micheaux-related events, some of which (such as the "Micheaux and His Circle" conference) were sponsored and organized by the Society.

American Museum of the Moving Image guide to exhibitions and programs, 1990-1994
Box 1
Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, 1976
Box 1
Carolina Theatre Black Film Festival, 1996
Box 1
Early Black Film Festival (Germany), undated
Box 1
Festivals/Series, 1992-1993
Box 1
Gregory, SD welcome binder, 1996
Box 1
John Hope Franklin 80th birthday celebration, 1995
Box 1
Mapp Collection of African-American Film Posters exhibit, 1993-1994
Box 1
"Micheaux and His Circle" conference, 1993-1995
Box 1
"Micheaux and His Circle" conference curriculae vitae, 1994
Box 1
Multicultural Film Festival, 1996
Box 1
Oscar Micheaux Film Festival, 1996
Box 1
Oscar Micheaux Film Festival, 1996-1999
Box 1
Oscar Micheaux Film Festival, 2001-2005
Box 1
Oscar Micheaux Society annual meetings, 1992-1996
Box 1
The Other Oscars (Great Bend, KS), 2001
Box 1
Race Reels poster, 2001
Box 1
Symbol of the Unconquered screening at Duke, 1998
Box 1
TCM's A Separate Cinema, 1998
Box 1

Proposal guidelines and drafts, budgets, and correspondence related to the Society's grant applications.

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Foundation, 1995-1996
Box 1
Book proposal and budget, 1995
Box 1
Budgets, proposals, and correspondence, 1992-1998
Box 1
Ford Foundation grant, 1993-1997
Box 1
Grant application drafts and correspondence, 1993-1996
Box 1
Grant proposal template, 1992-1993
Box 1
Louis B. Mayer Foundation, 1994-1996
Box 1
Micheaux and His Circle budgets, 1993 and undated
Box 1
Micheaux Project funding ideas, 1993-1995
Box 1
Micheaux Project restoration leads, 1993-1996
Box 1
National Endowment for the Humanities/American Film Institute grants, 1992-1994
Box 1
National Endowment for the Humanities grant, 1996-1997
Box 1
Pennsylvania grants, 1993-1995
Box 1
Rejection letters, 1994-1996
Box 1
Returned proposals, 1995-1996
Box 1

Newspapers, magazines, and clippings about Oscar Micheaux, black film generally, and the Society's activities.

News Articles, 1983-1998 and undated
Box 2
Newspapers, 1994-2001
Box 2
Periodicals, 1998-2003 and undated
Box 2

Eleven printed issues of the Oscar Micheaux Society Newsletter.

Newsletter Vol. 1, Feb. 1993
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 2, Nov. 1993
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 3, Summer 1994
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 4, 1995
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 5, Summer 1996
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 6, Winter 1997
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 7, Summer 1998
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 8, Spring 2000
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 9, Spring 2001
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 10, Fall 2001
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 11, Fall 2003
Box 2

Files related to the production of the Oscar Micheaux Society Newsletter, including article ideas, drafts, correspondence, and layouts. This series also includes files related to the production of a special edition of Black Film Review that Jane Gaines and Pearl Bowser curated.

Advertising, 1999
Box 2
Article ideas and submissions, 1995-1997 and undated
Box 2
Black Film Review, 1992-1993
Box 2
Chapel Hill Printing and Graphics, 2000
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 1 production files, 1992-1993
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 2 production files, 1992-1993
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 3 production files, 1993-1994
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 4 production files, 1994-1995
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 5 production files, 1996
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 6 production files, 1996-1998
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 7 production files, 1998
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 8 production files, 1999-2000
(2 folders)
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 9 production files, 2000-2001
Box 2
Newsletter Vol. 10 production files, 2001
Box 3
Newsletter Vol. 11 production files, 2001-2003
Box 3
Newsletter Vol. 12 production files, 2003-2004
Box 3
Stationary, undated
Box 3

Filmographies, bibliographies, catalogs, and listings relating to the life and career of Oscar Micheaux, as well as many resources relating to black film generally.

African-American Film Collection transfers, undated
Box 3
Afro-American Studies at Duke, 1995-1996
Box 3
Alaska Center for Documentary Film, 1997
Box 3
Articles and papers, 1979-1992 and undated
Box 3
Available Visions conference participants contact sheet, 1992
Box 3
Black film A/V resources, undated
Box 3
Black press bibliography, undated
Box 3
Blacks and the West, 1996 and undated
Box 3
Black Arts Research Center, undated
Box 3
Black-cast films at the Library of Congress, undated
Box 3
Black independent film information, 1987-1990
Box 3
Blockson collection, 1989
Box 3
British Film Institute Happy Though Married, 1994
Box 3
Cinemaction: Le Cinema Noir Americain, undated
Box 3
The Girl from Chicago script transcribed by Sergio Mims, 1996
Box 3
International Film Archive information, undated
Box 3
Ku Klux Klan, undated
Box 3
Library of Congress and Smithsonian Video rare silent film brochure, 1994
Box 3
List of available Micheaux films, undated
Box 3
List of black-cast film producers and titles, undated
Box 3
Micheaux bibliography and filmography, 1997 and undated
Box 3
Micheaux biographical documents, undated
Box 3
Micheaux films and novels, 1992-1997 and undated
Box 3
Micheaux web resources, 1995
Box 3
Midnight Ramble information, 1989
Box 3
Norman Film Company filmography and visuals, undated
Box 3
Rhapsodies in Black exhibit program and bibliography, 1998
Box 3
Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service, 2001-02003
Box 3
Translation of La Negra draft, undated
Box 3
The Tyler, TX Black Film Collection, undated
Box 3
W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, undated
Box 3
Wolfsonian Museum (Florida International University) information, 1995-2003
Box 3

Copies of articles and essays on Micheaux.

A Pioneering Black Filmmaker by Scott Heller (Chronicle of Higher Education), 1995
Box 3
The Outcome of that Discontent by Sarah Weiss, 2000
Box 3
Stranger in a Strange Land by M.K. Johnson (Western American Literature), Fall 1998
Box 3
Without the Gates by Fiona Barnett, 2001
(2 folders)
Box 3

Subscriber lists, subscription forms, and mailings.

Accounting, 1993-1995
Box 3
Mailings to members, 1996
Box 3
New subscribers, 1994-1998 and undated
Box 3
Subscription forms, undated
Box 3
Subscriber lists, 1994
Box 3

Photos and stills for use in the Oscar Micheaux Society Newsletter or in the essay collection Oscar Micheaux and His Circle.

Black film stills, undated
Box 3
Contributor photos, 2000 and undated
Box 3
Micheaux's grave, undated
Box 3
One More River to Cross cover, undated
Box 3
Oscar Micheaux and His Circle visuals, undated
Box 3
Photo rights correspondence, 1998-2003
Box 3
Photos/visuals, 1992-1993 and undated
Box 3
Schomberg Center stills, 1998 and undated
Box 3
Stills, undated
Box 3
Xeroxed visuals, undated
Box 3
Xeroxes of stills from the African Diaspora Images collection, undated
Box 3

Historical Note

The Oscar Micheaux Society formed in the early 1990s to promote the study of the early African-American film director, writer, and producer Oscar Micheaux. It released its first newsletter in February 1993 under the editorship of Jane Gaines and Charlene Regester, professors of film at Duke and UNC, respectively. The group would later collaborate with Turner Classic Movies to restore a recently rediscovered print of Micheaux's silent-film masterpiece Symbol of the Unconquered; the restored film aired as a part of TCM's "A Separate Cinema" series in the summer of 1998. The Society also spearheaded a book project entitled Micheaux and His Circle. The collection of essays featured several Oscar Micheaux Society Newsletter contributors, many of whom had presented their work at the "Micheaux and His Circle" conference at Yale in 1995; it was co-edited by Jane Gaines, Pearl Bowser, and Charles Musser.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Oscar Micheaux Society Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Oscar Micheaux Society Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Colby Bogie, July 2011

Encoded by Colby Bogie and Meghan Lyon, July 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2010-0198

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.