Black film advocate Mary Perry Smith donates large collection to IU’s Black Film Center/Archive

Mary Perry Smith

Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame co-founder Mary Perry Smith, 1974.

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Recordings, scores and other materials donated to the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame by composer/arranger Phil Moore.

IU’s Black Film Center Archive, a major contributor to black film studies in several IU Bloomington departments, recently received a sizable donation from Mary Perry Smith, a recent news release announced. The donation includes over 300 linear feet of records, audiovisual materials, publications and memorabilia from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, as well as the original grave marker for Oscar Micheaux, the first African American filmmaker to produce a feature length film. With the launch of the $15 million Media Preservation and Digitization Initiative and The Media School, the donation illuminates the university’s commitment to film and media studies.

The news got picked up by the Associated Press, and was featured in the following publications’ news briefs:

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