Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection, Hamon Arts Library

Stills from the Video, The Blood of Jesus

About the Collection

Overview

Souls of Sin, 1949, by Alexander Productions

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.

Hamon Arts Library digital collections are part of CUL Digital Collections, which contain thousands of digitized photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and works of art held by SMU's Central University Libraries special collections.

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.

The 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.

Broken Earth, 1939

Digital Collections Guidelines and Procedures

Items in Central University Library Digital Collections are digitized following the SMU Central University Libraries Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the SMU CONTENTdm Guide: Framework for Building a Collection, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.

Usage

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

Contact Info

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.