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Black Film and Television Collection

Identifier: MsC1214

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Scope and Contents

This collection was compiled by librarians in Special Collections and Archives to capture some of the history of Black American involvement in the history of film and television. From silent film era to Blaxploitation films of the 1960s and 70s, this collection holds scripts, lobby cards, press book materials, posters, and other material that show the work of Black directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters.


  • Creation: 1919 - 1996

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials may be unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility and potential liability based on copyright infringement for any use rests exclusively and solely with the user. Users must properly acknowledge University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives as the source of the material. For further information, visit


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Collection of material relating to some contributions of Black Americans to film and television.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)